Saginaw Boswell got off to a fast start and held off visiting Birdville in a 6-4 victory Thursday at Larry Robertson Baseball Complex that likely earned the Pioneers a share of the District 6-4A title.
After Trent Dickens scored on Zach Files’ fielder’s choice in the first inning, Dayne Sommer stepped to the plate and unleashed a two-run home run to left-center field that cleared the fence near the 390-foot marker to give the Pioneers a 3-0 lead.
Boswell (23-7, 14-1) added another run in the second when Dickens’ bloop single scored Blake Foster. Dickens finished the night 4 for 4 with an RBI, two runs scored and a stolen base.
Files started on the mound for Boswell and was perfect through three innings, but got into trouble in the fourth. He surrendered a pair of hits before walking consecutive batters, including a walk to Ty Engelhardt that scored a run. Files gave way to Eddie Avila, who walked the first batter he faced, making it 4-2.
Garret Smith then reached on a fielding error, scoring Justin Freeman and bringing Birdville (20-9, 13-1) to within 4-3.
Birdville starting pitcher Parker Hagler lasted just 2 2/3 innings, allowing four runs on five hits. Hagler went the distance in a 2-1 victory over the Pioneers in their first meeting this season.
Boswell added a pair of needed insurance runs in the sixth. Files’ single brought Dickens home, and then Tanner Stierwalt scored Files with a single.
In the top of the seventh, Richard Kidwell’s RBI double made the score 6-4. But Avila closed out the win with a strikeout of Freeman with the bases loaded.
Boswell has one district game remaining, against Fort Worth Polytechnic, which they beat 32-0 earlier this season, while Birdville has two games left, against Fort Worth Dunbar and FW Carter-Riverside, teams the Hawks defeated by a combined 24-1 in the first meetings this year.
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