BASEBALL: East Texas Baptist defeats LeTourneau 7-4 in weekend series-opener
LONGVIEW – The East Texas Baptist Tigers took the first game of a weekend series Friday evening at LeTourneau by defeating the YellowJackets 7-4.
At Conrad-Vernon Field, Chance Cotton pitched a complete game for the Tigers and struck out nine batters to earn the victory.
The Tigers (9-16) improved to 4-3 in American Southwest Conference East Division play. The Jackets (9-17) fell to 3-7 in league play.
LeTourneau senior hurler Travis Norris was the pitcher of record for the YellowJackets, pitching 6 1/3 innings and striking out seven batters while walking two. Jordan Price pitched 2 2/3 innings of relief, giving up one earned run.
In front of an announced crowd of 265 – the largest attendance this season at Conrad-Vernon Field – the Tigers added three runs in the top of the sixth inning to stretch their lead to 5-0. ETBU added runs on a pair of bases-loaded singles and a bases-loaded walk.
The Jackets rallied for four runs in the bottom half of the inning, opening the scoring when Cotton threw a wild pitch with the bases loaded to score Nate Tomaszewski. Another wild pitch on ball four to Andrew Doerrfeld gave Chris Bertram enough time to cross home plate and make the score 5-2.
The Tigers added insurance runs in the top of the seventh and eighth innings.
Tomaszewski led LeTourneau hitters by going 3-for-5 with two doubles. Betram, Doerrfeld, Daugherty and Rhett Bohannon all knocked base hits for the Jackets.
The YellowJackets and Tigers resume their series Saturday with a doubleheader set to begin at 1 p.m. All fans wearing their LeTourneau blue will receive a free hot dog at the games.