Bryan’s ACME baseball team blew the game open with a 10-run second inning and ran away with a 14-4 victory over Fairview in the opening round of the District 1 ACME Tournament at Sumpter Field in Bryan on Friday.
With the victory, Bryan advances to face Defiance at 1:15 p.m. today in Defiance, while Fairview falls to the loser’s bracket to play Edon at 11 a.m.
Getting off to a fast start in the district tournament was huge, Bryan coach Doug Williamson said, especially for how it allows the Bears to save pitching.
“We came out and pitched a great game,” Williamson said. “We scored a bunch of runs at the beginning of the game and that’s huge. It saves some of our pitching for Monday. First we’ve got to get past Defiance ... but if we lose, we still got that extra pitcher to go on Monday or Sunday or wherever we go from there.”
Bryan took an early 1-0 lead during the bottom of the first when Logan Clemens singled to score Brooks Brown. Then during the bottom of the second, the Golden Bear offense blew up for 10 runs to give Bryan an 11-0 advantage.
Fairview eventually got on the scoreboard with one run during the top of the fourth and three more during the fifth, but Bryan closed the game out with a five-inning run rule victory in the bottom of the fifth. Nate Miller doubled to score Connor Arthur and Clayton Rupp singled to score Miller to allow the Bears to walk off to a 14-4 victory.
Trevor Ward earned the win for the Bears on the mound. He went two innings, allowed two hits, zero runs and struck out three. Clemens pitched three innings of relief and allowed four runs, three hits and struck out two. Clemens also had a big day at the plate. He went 3-for-3 with a run and two RBIs.
Fairview was led at the plate by Bryan Lucas, who went 2-for-3 with an RBI, and Riley Lucas, who was 2-for-3 with a run.
Not much has stood in Bryan’s way all summer long in its quest to repeat as ACME State Champions. Through Friday, the Bears are 20-1, and Williamson says he likes the way his boys are playing with confidence right now.
“I want them to keep their swagger,” he said. “I’m not saying come in cocky, but know you are the team everybody is coming after. You’ve got to realize that you’re going to see their best. So you’ve got to play your best, which I think they’re doing a good job at it.”