FROST — Three runs in the top of the first inning were enough for Avalon in an eventual run-rule win Tuesday afternoon, but the Eagles went ahead hung a second crooked number on the Frost Polar Bears for good measure.
Avalon scored eight runs in the top of the fourth inning and allowed starting pitcher Eric Smith (7-0, 0.92 ERA) to cruise home with an 11-1 win. The win was the fifth for Smith in District 15-2A ballgames with the lone Polar Bear run just the fifth the righty has allowed in his five district starts.
The Eagles have now scored 11 or more runs five times during their current six-game winning streak.
Avalon touched up Polar Bear pitching to the tune of 11 hits with Tony Balderas and Clayton Hopgood each recording a double. It was a double off the bat of Hopgood that scored courtesy runner Jose Morones and capped the first-inning scoring for the Eagles. The Eagles then sent 12 batters to the plate in the eight-run fourth inning.
Hopgood finished the game with two RBIs, which matched Austin Johnson and Dylan Chambers, but came one shy of the three runs batted in by Balderas.
The (14-2, 7-1) Avalon Eagles are still ranked No. 3 and No. 2 in the latest Txhighschoolbaseball.com and Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association 1A polls, respectively. District 15-2A rival, (12-2, 7-0) Abbott, is still the No. 1-ranked team in both state polls.
Avalon will look to make it seven consecutive wins Saturday afternoon when No. 1 Abbott visits for a ballgame that could decide the district championship. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m. in Avalon.
Travis M. Smith, @Travis5mith