Robert E. Lee baseball coach James Boxley achieved his 350th career win with his team clinching a tie for third place in District 11-6A by defeating John Tyler 17-0 on Friday at Mike Carter Field.
The Red Raiders (11-16-1) clinched a playoff spot on Tuesday but needed a victory coupled with a loss by North Mesquite to create a third-place tie at 8-6. The Stallions were defeated 14-2 by Rockwall.
This means REL and North Mesquite will meet in a playoff to decide the district’s third seed for the playoffs at 11 a.m. Saturday at Copeland Field in Mesquite.
John Tyler completed its season at 0-14 in district and 2-22 overall.
REL’s Zach Fernandez allowed one hit in 3 2/3 innings with 10 strikeouts. Rhett Parker doubled, tripled and drove in four runs with Fernandez, Chandler Cooper and Alexis Barrera finishing with 2 RBIs apiece.
Robert E. Lee 17, John Tyler 0 (4 innings)
Lee 261 8 - 17 15 0
JT 000 0 - 0 1 1
W – Zach Fernandez. L – Tijerina. 2B – REL: Chandler Cooper, Alexis Barrera, Rhett Parker. 3B – REL: Daniel Nick, Parker.
RECORDS - Robert E. Lee 11-16-1 (8-6); John Tyler 2-22 (0-14).
NEXT UP - Lee at North Mesquite, 11 a.m. Saturday, Copeland Field, Mesquite (third-place seeding playoff).