Robert E. Lee’s Zach Flanagan turned in a dominating performance, going six innings and allowing only one earned run while fanning nine Wildcat batters en route to a 4-3 victory over Sulphur Springs Tuesday at Mike Carter Field.
With the win, REL improves to 5-0. The Red Raiders knocked Wildcats pitcher Garrett Hood around for four runs on four hits as he only lasted two innings on the mound.
All of Lee’s runs came in the bottom of the second inning. With two outs and the bases loaded, centerfielder Trace Reed ripped a two-RBI double that brought home Blake Korthauer and Blake Hamblett.
Ross Himes followed him with a 2-run single to give the Red Raiders the early 4-0 advantage.
That was all the ammunition that Flanagan needed as he retired the next nine batters. Sulphur Springs got on board in the top of the sixth when Willy Ivery stroked a lead-off triple. Jordan Jackson followed him with a single that brought Ivery home to cut the deficit to three, 4-1.
But Flanagan settled down and got the next batter to fly out and struck out Cabo Sanvig and Cole Hill to get out of the jam.
Sulphur Springs attempted to rally in the top of the seventh. John David Cobb came in on relief for Flanagan in the seventh and walked Johnathan Bowers with Brennon Brock reaching on a fielder’s choice. An Alex Burney single moved Brock to third and Ivery came to bat and brought in Burney and Brock to cut the lead to 4-3.
But Ivery was thrown out by catcher Tyler Jones as he attempted to steal second to end the game.