Steers, Buffaloes win district baseball openers

Big SpringSNYDER — Big Spring Head Baseball Coach Bert Otto’s team is off to another good start.Using a little small ball, patience and luck, the Steers won their district opener on the road against Snyder by a score of 2-0.Both teams’ bats were quiet to start off, when in the top of the fourth inning, Haegan Rodriguez led off with a stand-up triple. Gunnar Kennedy then hit a ball hard to the Tigers’ short stop who committed a throwing error, allowing Rodriguez to cross home plate and Kennedy to advance to second base.“It would have been a RBI anyway,” Otto said of Kennedy’s at-bat.Jared DoPorto connected for a single which drove Kennedy home, increasing the Steers’ lead to 2-0.The pair of runs would be the only ones scored by either team for the rest of the outing.Junior hurler Adam Franco had another strong performance from the mound for BSHS.“(Franco) pitched really well for us,” Otto said. “He got out of a couple of jams and just pitched a good game. I’m proud of the way the guys played. We were in a tough situation, but they fought back.”Next up for the Steers will be a home game against Sweetwater on Friday. The first pitch is slated to be thrown at 7 p.m. at Steer Park.ForsanFORSAN — The Forsan varsity baseball squad played their first 1A school — Texas Leadership Charter Academy — of the year Monday to open district play. FHS Head Coach Jason Phillips said he purposely scheduled only larger schools for the Buffaloes to battle in the predistrict play. “We’ve had a tough schedule,” Phillips said. “I wanted to get these guys ready for district and hopefully, a long playoff run.”Phillips’ plan may have worked, as the Buffs made short work of TLC, sending them home early after a five inning, 12-2 run-rule victory.Blaise Coffman only allowed two hits in his stint on the mound for Forsan and struck out five TLC batters.“(Coffman) is a workhorse out there,” Phillips remarked. “He did a good job for us.”With TLC facing a five-run deficit after the first inning, Forsan piled on another five runs in the bottom of the third and capped the game in the fourth after tacking on the 12th and final run needed to put the game away.“We hit the ball well,” Phillips added. “We worked the count — we haven’t been able to do that consistently all year, but last night we did a good job of working the count to our favor.”Varsity newcomer Kade Fannin found his stride, scoring three runs on two hits. Clayton Galloway rounded the bases twice and connected for a hit. Trevor Burchett didn’t get a hit Monday, but scored twice for the Buffs. Also scoring were Marcus Cervantes, who also got two hits; Dillon Bagnall had one hit and one run; Tyler Evans got two hits and scored once; and Polo Morin plated one run.The Buffs will be back in action Friday in Miles.