MESQUITE - Angel Rodriguez launched a two-run homer in the fifth as part of a three-run inning that snapped a tie and helped propel Robert E. Lee to an 11-6 win over North Mesquite on Saturday afternoon at Copeland Field.
The victory clinched third place in District 11-6A for REL, which hit three homers in the seeding playoff. Also going deep for Lee were Nathan Dial and Trevor Doke.
The Red Raiders await the No. 2 seed from District 12-6A next week in the playoffs.
Bradley Rippy got the win on the mound, allowing four runs on seven hits with two walks and eight strikeouts. Matthew Hittle did what was needed in his two innings of relief work to close it out, allowing two runs on two hits with five strikeouts.
Both Rodriguez and Chandler Cooper drove in three runs apiece.
Third-Place Seeding Playoff
Robert E. Lee 11, North Mesquite 6
Lee 200 232 2 - 11 15 1
NM 022 002 0 - 6 9 0
W – Bradley Rippy. L – Bomer. 2B – REL: Chandler Cooper, Zach Fernandez, Angel Rodriguez; NM: Gayton. HR – REL: Alexis Barrer, Rodriguez, Trevor Doke; NM: Uloa.
NOTES - Robert E. Lee returns to the postseason as the No. 3 seed after losing last year to Rockwall in a fourth-place playoff game to snap a 13-year postseason streak.