LINDALE - Colton Ramsey experienced a little anxiety before the first pitch of Tuesday’s non-district game.
The Lindale pitcher was one of four seniors honored before the Eagles’ game with Brownsboro.
“I had my parents walking down the (base) line with me and there was some emotion there,” Ramsey said. “I just locked in after they played my (warm-up) song and I was like, ‘Let’s get to it.’”
Ramsey locked up Brownsboro’s bats, holding the Bears to two hits in 5 2/3 shutout innings as part of a 9-0 win. Ramsey finished with two walks and five strikeouts.
The victory raised Lindale’s mark to 9-2-2 for the season.
The Eagles had runners in scoring position in every inning against Brownsboro’s Jake Conner, despite the Bears starter allowing just seven hits - many of them infield singles. Lindale worked six walks and stole six bases, led by junior Brad Burckel’s four.
“Offensively our mindset is to put pressure on the defense in every aspect,” Lindale coach Rich Sanguinetti said. “Whether it’s bunting, running, moving runners constantly - we did a good job of that today. We didn’t swing it overly well but we got guys on base, put pressure on them and were able to scrap runs when we could.”
Brownsboro dropped to 6-8 with the loss as five of the runs allowed by the Bears were unearned. Bears pitchers combined to issue eight walks and two wild pitches.
“I felt like (Conner) was around the zone, missing just a little bit,” Brownsboro coach Josh Turner said. “He only gave up (three) earned runs, but we have to take care of some stuff in the field and take a little better approach at the plate.
“But for the most part we played the game hard and did some good stuff, we just have to clean some stuff up.”
Burckel, a Houston commit, went 2 for 4 and scored four runs for Lindale. The Eagles’ RBIs came from Jamey Richey on a fielder’s choice in the second to make it 3-0 and Kollin McCartney on an RBI triple.
Lindale went ahead 2-0 in the bottom of the first after Brownsboro had threatened in the top of the inning when Conner led off with a single and stole second base. Ramsey retired the next three batters. It was one of two times Lindale pitching allowed a Brownsboro player to reach second.
In the bottom of the first, Travis Brown hit a pop fly to right field with the bases loaded that was dropped by the Bears outfielder, enabling Burckel to score. Collin Cooper drew bases-loaded walk to drive in Richey and make it 2-0.
Lindale sent nine batters to the plate in the fifth, with four of them scoring, two on an error, one on a wild pitch and the other on Richey’s fielder’s choice. The Eagles tacked on the ninth run in the sixth when Collin Cooper doubled with one out, moved to third and scored on a wild pitch.
The Eagles play two more non-district games before District 17-5A play starts, with Brownsboro continuing its tune-up for District 13-4A. Lindale will be at Athens on Friday with a first pitch set for noon, with Brownsboro at Jacksonville set to begin at 3 p.m. at Jacksonville High School.
Lindale 9, Brownsboro 0
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Lindale 210 141 x - 9 8 0
Jake Conner, Braydon Ballard (5) and Austin Fout; Colton Ramsey, Theron Brown (6) and Travis Brown. W – Ramsey. L – Conner. 2B – L: Cody Pike. 3B – L: Kollin McCartney.
RECORDS - Brownsboro 6-8; Lindale 9-2-2.
NEXT UP - Brownsboro at Jacksonville, 3 p.m. Friday; Lindale at Athens, noon Friday.
NOTES - The 4 seniors honored before the first pitch from Lindale were Tyler Smith, Gage Walters, Nick Norton and Colton Ramsey.