Vernon 21, Hirschi 0 (5)
The Vernon Lions broke open a close game with 13 runs in the second inning to steamroll Hirschi 21-0 in the District 5-4A opener for both teams.
Lavery Gonzales got the win on the mound with a five-inning no-hitter as he struck out 13, and surrendered just three walks, with two of those in the first inning. The Lions got out of the two-on jam with Gonzales registering two strikeouts and then catcher Garrett Pierce ended the Huskies inning chance by picking off the runner at first. Gonzales dominated from there — striking out the side in the second, fourth and fifth innings.
The Lions lead-off in the bottom of the first, Ayden Smith, took a walk after falling behind 0-2 on the count. He stole second and raced to third on an error from the catcher. Smith scored on a wild pitch, and it was 1-0 after one inning.
The Lions blew the game open in the bottom of the second, sending 17 batters to the plate and scoring 13 runs. The Lions added a touchdown in the third inning for the 21-0 final.
Cooper Quillin knocked out 4 RBIs for the Lions, Kasen Holley had 3 RBIs and scored 3 runs. Austen Fleming had 2 RBIs and 3 runs scored.
Hirschi 0 0 0 0 0 — 0 0 7
Vernon 1 (13) 7 0 x — 21 4 0
W: Lavery Gonzales. L: Terrius Causey.
2B: (V) Kasen Holley.
Leading hitters: (V) Ayden Smith 1×3, 2 runs, RBI; Holley 1×2, 3 runs, 3 RBI; Austen Fleming 1×2, 3 runs, 2 RBI.
Vernon 32, Hirschi 0 (5)
Senior Garrett Pierce knocked in six RBIs off a triple and a double, while fellow senior Cooper Quillin blasted his second home run of the season, part of a five RBI performance, as the Lions ran over Hirschi 32-0 on Friday in Wichita Falls. Beside Pierce and Quillin, other Lions batters also put up some impressive stats. Ayden Smith had 5 RBIs and scored six runs. Case Fleming went 5 for 6 at the plate, with a stolen base and scored three runs.
Gavin Pierce got the start on the mound, striking out seven and scattering two hits over four innings. Cross Durham had an inning of scoreless relief, with two strikeouts.
Vernon struck early, getting the first two batters on in the top of the first — Quillin brought them home on a triple to left. The Lions machine plated 10 runs in the inning.
The Lions kept up the onslaught in the second. Quillin hit an inside the park homerun on a line drive to center. It was part of seven runs in the inning.
With the bases loaded and two outs in the third, Garrett Pierce tripled to left field to make it 20-0. It was 26-0 after four innings and 32-0 after five.
Vernon (10) 7 3 6 6 — 32 22 0
Hirschi 0 0 0 0 0 — 0 2 9
W: Gavin Pierce. L: Juaquin Sanchez.
2B: (V) Ayden Smith 2, Lavery Gonzales, Garrett Pierce, Gav. Pierce. 3B: (V) Gar. Pierce, Cooper Quillin; HR: (V) Quillin.
Leading hitters: (V) Case Fleming 5×6, 3 runs; Gav. Pierce 4×6, 4 runs, RBI; Smith 3×5, 6 runs, 5 RBI.
Vernon 21, Hirschi 0 (5)