LINDALE, Texas – Senior Tucker Anderson was the “Iron Man” Friday night as Pleasant Grove rebounded to beat Lindale twice, 10-0 and 8-4. The Hawks advance to the Region II-4A area round against Saturday’s winner between Farmersville and Canton.
“We got an outstanding pitching performance from Tucker Anderson in tonight’s first game,” said Pleasant Grove coach Riley Fincher. “He had a dominating effort. There were contributions offensively up and down the lineup. The guys executed great.
“In the second game Coe Blain and Carson Rhodes continued to pitch great. It was an entire team series win. And as a staff, we can’t say enough about the fight and grit of Cason Head behind the plate.”
Pleasant Grove (25-7) put loads of pressure on Lindale early in the second game with seven runs in the first two innings. The Eagles did respond early with two runs in the first, but they went silent after scoring two in the fifth.
Tucker Anderson pitched in second game
Tucker Anderson actually started the second game, but was quickly pulled after giving up two quick hits. Blain, who gets the win, went four innings and scattered five hits, while allowing two runs. Rhodes came out of the bullpen in the fifth with nobody out and the bases loaded. He yielded a sacrifice fly to make it 7-4, but struck out the next two batters to get out of the jam.
JM Long and Anderson both contributed a double and single for the Hawks. Long scored twice and drove in two runs. Anderson also drove in two runs and scored once. Travler Couch had a run-scoring single. Brenton Clark and Hayden Koller both had singles.
Anderson gave the Hawks new life with a two-hitter in Friday’s first game. He walked two and struck out nine in six innings. The game was called after six because of the 10-run rule.
Long was a monster in the opener with four hits and four RBIs. Koller was also perfect with a 3-for-3 showing at the plate. Alex Galvan drove in two runs with a double, and Couch drove in a run with a sacrifice fly. Clark and Anderson had one hit each.
Lindale bowed out of the playoffs at 13-18.