The Lake Belton Broncos Baseball squad played the Whitney Wildcats in a playoff tune-up on Saturday afternoon at Bronco Park.
The Broncos put four runs together in the first two innings, while Logan Flores, Mason Law and Connor Bartz combined on a two-hitter as Lake downed the Wildcats, 4-1.
Flores retired the Wildcats in order in the first inning to fuel the Broncos’ offense in the bottom of the inning.
Bartz reached on a walk, stole second base and advanced to third on an error. Mason Gerrard had a disciplined, 10-pitch at-bat with one out, as he drew a walk after being behind 1-2. With two outs, Ty Jackson drilled a double to left field to score Bartz and help Lake to a 1-0 lead.
After Flores retired the side in order in the top of the second, the Broncos rustled up three runs in the bottom of the inning off of Whitney starting pitcher Jaxon Montgomery. Connor Crews reached base on an infield single to start the inning. Flores walked and was run for by Jayden Leza. Kadyn Martinez sacrifice bunted Crews and Leza up a base. Malaki McGehee hit a chopper to Tate Walker at shortstop and returned a throw to Nate Callaway at the plate to tag out Crews attempting to score.
Bartz dropped down a squeeze bunt that scored Leza from third. Peanut Brazzle followed with a two-run double to left gave the Broncos a 4-0 lead with two outs in the second. Gerrard walked, pitched forced the Wildcats to go to their bullpen for reliever Dawson Hightower. Trovinger singled off Hightower. However, Hightower induced a flyout to end the rally.
Flores retired the side in the top of the third inning. Nate Callaway picked up Whitney’s first hit with a double to start the fourth inning. Connor Brennan tracked down a fly ball in right center destined for extra bases. Hightower reached on an error and Montgomery flew out to Brandon Bell in centerfield to score Callway for the Wildcats’ first run of the game.
The Broncos had a hit in the fifth inning and a walk in the sixth inning but could not push another run across.
Mason Law pitched the sixth inning and allowed a leadoff double to Cade Baker. Baker was stranded on third base.
Bartz pitched a scoreless seventh to close out the ballgame.
Lake collected four hits in the game. They were aided by five walks and stranded six Broncos on base.
Flores tossed five innings, allowed one run on one hit, struck out two batters and walked one. Law pitched one inning, allowed one hit and struck out one. Bartz pitched one inning, induced two flyouts and a ground out.