DALLAS – The McLennan Highlanders swept a baseball doubleheader with the Richland Thunderducks in Dallas on Saturday.
Dustin Jourdan picked up the 6-2 win in game one for the Highlanders. Dimas Ojeda was 2-4 at the plate to lead McLennan. Will Fox recorded two RBIs while Braxton Wilks and J.T. Stevenson picked up an RBI each.
The Highlanders defeated the Thunderducks 8-4 in the nightcap with Reece Calvert getting the win on the mound. Fox led the Highlanders at the plate, going 4-5 with a double. Braxton Wilks hit a double and brought in three RBIs. Braxton Hollenshead and Creighton Eldridge both doubled. James Rudkin, Brady Sullivan, and Brandon Grudzielanek all recorded an RBI.
“It was an extremely tough day to play with a 25 mph wind blowing right in the hitters faces,” coach Mitch Thompson said. “It took us a while to make the necessary adjustments and start hitting line drives. We hit some balls hard early and had plenty of opportunity to score, but we didn’t come up with the big hit. Thankfully we made the necessary adjustment and put together a solid seventh inning offensively to win the game.”
“We hit better in the second game and were able to score early,” Thompson said. “Calvert had a little cushion to work with and earned his first college win. He was in control the entire time he was on the mound.”
“We have plenty to work on to improve, but overall, I have to be happy whenever we sweep a doubleheader on the road.”
McLennan returns to action on Monday, hosting Wharton at 1:30 p.m.
McLennan 000 000 6 – 6 8 3
Richland 000 220 0 – 2 7 4
Nathan Bertness, Dustin Jourdan (6) and J.T. Stevenson. Austin Voelkel, Zachary Bassham (6), Juan Robledo (7) and Esteban Lara. WP: Jourdan; LP: Bassham. Leading hitters – McLennan: Will Fox (1-2, 2 RBI), Braxton Wilks (0-3, RBI), J.T. Stevenson (0-4, RBI) and Dimas Ojeda (2-4), Kirby McGuire (1-2, RBI); Richland: Brenden Bell (1-3, RBI), Oscar Betancourt (2-3) and Luke Boylson (1-3, RBI). Record: McLennan 3-1.
McLennan 210 311 0 – 8 14 0
Richland 001 020 1 – 4 7 2
Reece Calvert, Jerry Murillo (5), Zachary Kornely (5) and Mason George. Andrew Montoya, Eric Wilkerson (4), Ryan Flores (5) and Logan Daniels. WP: Calvert; LP: Montoya. Leading hitters – McLennan: Will Fox (4-5, 2B), James Rudkin (1-3, RBI), Brandon Grudzielanek (2-4, RBI), Braxton Wilks (1-2, 2B, 3 RBI), Brady Sullivan (2-4, RBI), Braxton Hollenshead (1-3, 2B) and Creighton Eldridge (1-1, 2B); Richland: Oscar Betancourt (2-3, 2 2B, 2 RBI), Rickey Garcia (1-3, RBI). Record: McLennan 4-1.