Edgerton left little in doubt during a Williams County ACME Sectional Tournament game against North Central at Sumpter Field in Bryan on Sunday.
Nursing a 2-0 lead after two innings of play, the Bulldogs broke the game open with a 10-run third inning to pull away to a 14-1 victory.
It was the second win in three days of its kind for the Bulldogs, who walloped Stryker 17-4 in the tournament’s opening round on Friday, before falling to the loser’s bracket after a 10-0 loss to Bryan on Saturday.
Edgerton tallied nine hits in the game, with three players finishing with multi-hit games. Nolan Swank was 2-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs, Rocco Green was 2-for-3 with two runs and two RBIs and Jaron Cape was 2-for-2 with two runs and two RBIs.
Swank also earned the win on the mound for Edgerton. He went four innings, allowed three hits, one run and struck out nine.
“Nolan has done a nice job all summer of pounding the strike zone and that’s important,” Edgerton coach Duane Miller said. “He’s really grown as a pitcher, from the beginning of the summer to now, focusing on how to attack each individual batter, because when you’re throwing strikes a lot, sometimes guys will key in on a certain pitch, and he’s done a nice job mixing it up.”
Cape pitched the final inning of relief, walking one and striking out two.
With the victory, Edgerton advances in the loser’s bracket to face Hilltop at 5 p.m. in Bryan today. The winner of that game will play again directly after against Edon at 7:15 for a chance to advance to the sectional final against Bryan on Tuesday. Winning the 7:15 game would also clinch a spot in this coming weekend’s district tournament.
“You have to think about it one step at a time here,” Miller said. “We’ll have to win two on (Monday) to get to districts, but that doesn’t matter if we don’t win the first game. ... I told the guys that we’ve got to come out from the first pitch of the first inning and be ready to go, take care of the 5 o’clock game and worry about whatever happens after that. But our guys are excited for the opportunity.”
North Central’s ACME season comes to a close with the loss.