WINNSBORO, Texas -- WT Jones earned the win with 5 2-3 innings of work to help Liberty-Eylau win the 4A area series opener against Brownsboro, 4-2, Thursday at Winnsboro High School.
The Leopards (19-11-1) built an early 3-0 lead through two innings. Game 2 was Friday night. The Bears (20-9) faced elimination, but with a win could force a rubber game today at 2 p.m.
Jones allowed two runs on four hits, had two strikeouts, three walks and two hit batsmen. Cal Jones worked the final 1 1-3 innings and faced just five batters.
Cal Jones singled to start the game, was bunted over and advanced to third on an error. He scored on Braylon Blair's groundout.
Like the previous series, the bottom of the Leopard lineup remained hot at the plate.
Dylan Garton was hit by a pitch with two outs in the second inning and stole second. He scored on Ron Garza's hit, and Garza also swiped second base. Krayson Battle's single made it 3-0 L-E.
In the seventh, Xander Worthey singled, followed by a Garton hit and RBI single from Garza for the final tally.
The series winner advances to the regional quarterfinals to play either Bullard or Canton.