Cleburne wards off Crowley to stay perfect in district play

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Despite a middle-inning rally by Crowley, District 8-4A leader Cleburne was able to ward off the second-place Eagles for an 8-3 road victory Friday.

Cleburne (18-3-1, 12-0 in District 8-4A) shut down Crowley through three innings with ace Dylan Schneider on the mound. Schneider was a third-inning error away from being perfect through three innings, striking out two.

On offense, Cleburne — which beat Crowley 4-2 in the teams’ previous meeting — had five runs plated by the bottom of the fourth.

In the bottom of the fourth, Crowley took advantage of a leadoff walk when shortstop Zach Copple broke up Schneider’s no-hitter with a single.

A fielder’s choice and two errors later gave Crowley two runs and some life.

Crowley (14-8-1, 8-4 District 8-4A) put more pressure on in the sixth when third baseman Jackson Chappell drove in second baseman Kade Phillips after Phillips drove a triple off the right center wall.

However, Schneider and Cleburne weren’t denied, driving in three in the top of the seventh.

Schneider completed seven innings by striking out three Crowley hitters in order, fanning the last batter looking to end the game.

The Cleburne ace finished the game with an earned run allowed, six strikeouts, and a walk, relying on a powerful fastball he liked to throw inside. That pitch set up a hard-breaking slider that nipped the outside corner for his strikeout pitch.

Cleburne’s Garrett Buckner and Tyler Anderson both finished with two RBIs, while Buckner went 3 for 4 at the plate. Daniel Richardson also went 3 for 4 for Cleburne.

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