Brian Tyl | Texarkana Gazette
TEXARKANA, Ark. — Texarkana found Sheridan's pressure point and continued to clamp down.
The American Legion Razorbacks scored eight runs in the final three frames and defeated the Yellowjackets, 9-5, in a baseball tournament game at Joe Blagg Field at Ed Worrell Park on Saturday.
"I was proud of our hitting today," Texarkana head coach Matt Riddle said. "They were on fire today with their bats."
The Razorbacks totaled nine hits, with three of those hits belonging to Andrew Robertson. Robertson's speed was a factor as they were all infield hits.
Parker Goodman started and pitched the entire game. Goodman gave up five runs on seven hits, struck out five and walked four.
"Parker did very well up on the mound," Riddle said. "He will be a senior next year, and I am looking forward to having him for another year. He actually dialed down his velocity today. He had been a little sore. For Parker to go out there and go the distance, I can't ask for a better day from him."
In addition to the solid hitting and pitching performances, the defense was also a bright spot for Texarkana. The Razorbacks had just one error.
"One of our biggest issues so far this year has been errors," Riddle said. "We had a minimum amount of errors today. We have been preaching to the kids about minimizing our errors. The defense looked really good out there."
Kade Garmany, who had doubled, stole home plate in the second frame to give Texarkana a 1-0 lead.
Robertson singled, Bryson Connell and Garmany walked to load the bases in the third. Robertson scored on a wild pitch to make it 2-2, Garmany stole home again, and teammate Daegan Covington slapped an RBI single to make it 4-2.
The Yellowjackets responded with a pair of runs in the fourth to knot it at 4-all.
Peyton Lewis led off the Razorbacks' fourth inning with a single to left center. Gabe Parker walked. A batter later, Robertson put down a bunt single and Lewis, paying very close attention, scored from third when Sheridan got lazy with the ball. Connell smacked a 2-run single to right field to give Texarkana a 7-4 lead.
Parker's RBI double in the fifth padded the Razorbacks' lead, 8-4. Roc Hawthorne blazed a ball into center field to score Parker. Texarkana went into the sixth up, 9-4. The game was timed and time was running out on Sheridan.
The Yellowjackets scored a run in the sixth. The Razorbacks got three outs and the umpires stopped the game due to time limit.
Texarkana (9-5) takes on El Dorado today at noon and follows against Sheridan at 2 p.m. on Joe Blagg Field at Ed Worrell Park.