TEXARKANA — After Linden-Kildare scored with just one out left in the game and went on to win the series opener, 6-5, in 12 innings on Thursday, James Bowie had some late heroics of its own in Game 2 on Friday.
The Pirates rallied for six runs in its final at-bat, scoring four with two outs, during a 9-8 win to even the Region III-2A final series with the Tigers on Friday at Texas High School’s baseball diamond.
The teams met in the rubber game late Friday.
Cason Braley, who absorbed the loss in Game 1, was the winning pitcher Friday for James Bowie (19-5). Braley worked an innings, fanned one, gave up one hit and two unearned runs.
He came on in relief of Whitt Rogers, who threw 96 pitches in 6-plus innings of work. He scattered eight hits, struck out one, walked four and was charged with six runs—four earned.
Jacob Owen went 6-plus innings for Linden-Kildare (19-9), tossed 100 pitches, struck out five, walked one, hit one and allowed five earned runs on 10 hits.
Mason Johnson took the loss, throwing 20 pitches in 2-3 of an innings. He gave up four runs and three hits, hitting four batters with a pitch.
Dalton McBride grounded a single to center with the bases loaded, following RBI hit by pitches to the previous pair of batters, to end the game. It was the third hit of the game for McBride.
Evan Barron belted an RBI triple to start the rally, and Rogers added an RBI single.
Zane DeBerry lined a hit to right in the fifth for James Bowie to drive in a run, cutting the deficit to 4-3.
The Tigers scored four times in the top of the seventh before relinquishing the lead in the bottom of the inning.
Nic Kunze smashed an RBI triple off the wall in center field, a wild pitch scored a run, and Colt Neville also had a run-scoring double. The final run came home on the third error of the frame.
Johnson ripped a 2-run home run into the left field bullpen for Linden-Kildare in the top of the fifth, and he also had an RBI single in the third.
Neville dropped an RBI hit to left in the second inning for the game’s initial run.
James Bowie scored twice in the third to tie the game, scoring on an error and wild pitch after McBride, Barron and Brandon Obenoskey each had a single in the inning.
The winner of Friday’s late game advances to the 2A state baseball tournament next week in Round Rock. The 2A semifinals are scheduled for 4 and 7 p.m. Wednesday, and the 2A championship at noon Wednesday at Dell Diamond.