Richland battles Midland but falls in wild Game 3

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Richland starter Brandon Maine did his job in Game 2 on Saturday afternoon, outdueling Bulldogs ace Jackson Lancaster and giving the Rebels a shot against Midland in a Game 3.

But after the Rebels won 2-1 to force the finale of a Class 5A area-round series at Hays Field, Richland couldn’t keep up with the Bulldogs, falling 16-14 and bowing out for the second straight year to Midland.

“We just ran out of arms, and they did too,” Richland coach Chuck Wells said. “We were just looking for that guy to just shut them down, and, of course, they swing the bat great, too. We didn’t have an answer. But our kids battled.”

The Rebels struggled on the mound and in the field in the final game, allowing nine walks and committing five errors. Midland wasn’t much better, allowing seven walks and committing three errors.

Richland battled to take the lead 11-10 with six runs in the fourth inning, but the Rebels scored only three more runs over the next three innings. Midland, meanwhile, had a five-run fifth to take the lead for good.

Richland added a run in the seventh inning and had a runner on with two outs, but the Rebels couldn’t come up with two more to tie the game.

Maine gave up four hits and one run in beating Midland in the series’ second game earlier Saturday. He had five strikeouts and two walks as both of Richland’s runs were scored on sacrifice flies.

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