Bulldogs advance to area round of playoffs with sweep of Weimar
The Thorndale Bulldogs (20-10) advanced to the area round of the Class 2A state baseball playoffs with a series sweep over Weimar.
Thorndale will now face Evadale in the area round. The best-of-three series is set to begin at 7 p.m. tonight at Texas A&M University’s Olsen Field at Bluebell Park in College Station. Game two is set for 4 p.m. on Friday, with game three played directly after, if needed.
The bi-district round saw a home-and-home series between Weimar and the Bulldogs.
The deciding game was a 5-4 Thorndale win at their home field on Saturday afternoon.
The Bulldogs went up 4-0 in the bottom of the second inning and held that advantage until the fifth inning.
Weimar pushed across two runs of its own in the top of that frame to cut Thorndale’s advantage to 4-2.
The Bulldogs added a security run in the bottom of the sixth inning, which proved to be the deciding factor.
Weimar scored two runs in the top of the seventh inning but Thorndale was able to put the game and the series away.
Thorndale put up five hits in the contest, with Weimar collecting six.
Mason Lindig and Logan Davis each had two hits on the game, with Bryson Beran adding a hit and an RBI.
Coy Stutts, Kaden Kovar, Carter Brymer, Riggs Schneider, Hunter Clark, Lindig and Davis all had a stolen base in the game.
Beran tossed the win, going all seven innings, striking out seven batters and walking one.
The opening game was played Friday evening at Weimar and saw the Bulldogs win 8-2.
Weimar scored first in the bottom of the first inning, but Thorndale answered with a run and tied the game in the top of the second.
The Bulldogs then opened the game up with a trio of runs in the third inning, one run in the fourth, and two runs in the fifth.
Both teams scored a run in the seventh inning.
Thorndale had four hits on the night, and were helped along the way by Weimar’s 10 defensive errors.
Davis put up two hits on the night with a triple, a double and an RBI. Kaden Kovar and Layton Mogford each had a hit, with Kovar also pushing a run across. Hunter Thigpen also recorded an RBI.
Davis also tossed the win for the Bulldogs, going the distance with nine strikeouts and two walks.
The Bulldogs finished third in the final District 27-2A standings, while Weimar was the 28-2A runner-up.
The winner of the Thorndale-Evadale area round series will play the winner of No. 3 Mumford and No. 10 Holland in the region quarterfinals next week.