The Belton Tigers JV White baseball squad hosted the Harker Heights Knights on Wednesday evening.
The Tigers offense alive and jumping through both games, while Aaron Bain and Jacob Estrada were masterful on the hill in a two-game sweep of the Knights. Belton won the first game 10-1 in six innings and won the nightcap 13-0 in four-and-a-half innings.
Heights’ lone run of the night came with one out in the top of the first inning of game one on a fielder’s choice.
Bain supported his own cause on offense with a double to lead off the bottom of the inning and Parker Allman came on to courtesy run. He stole third base and one out later, Josh Grymes was hit by a pitch. Garrison Lane drove in Allman and Grimes with a single to put the Tigers up 2-1.
Kade Norwood threw out a pair of runners trying to steal second base, demonstrating great acumen behind the plate.
An error on defense for Heights led to a pair of runs, with Josh Westbrook with RBI single to drive in Tanner Conroy and he scored on Ryan McKenzie’s hit.
Belton added three more runs in the third inning , as Grymes had an RBI groundout, and Bain and T.J. Johnson scored on wild pitches.
The Tigers posted three runs in the fourth inning. Nick Driggers had an RBI walk and Norwood had a two-run double.
The first game ended after five-and-a-half innings due to time limit.
Bain picked up the win on the mound. He pitched six innings, allowed a run on two hits, walked three and struck out six.
The Tigers picked up nine hits in the first game, all by different hitters, and left seven runners on.
In the second game, Estrada retired the side in the first inning to start the game.
Belton answered with three runs in the opening inning. Allman hit the first pitch of the inning for a double, advanced to third on a passed ball and scored on a wild pitch. Tyler Tingle walked, stole second base and scored on Itty Henry’s single. Henry stole two bases and scored on a wild pitch to put the Tigers up 3-0.
Estrada struck out the side on nine pitches in the second inning.
The Tigers responded with three more runs in the bottom of the second inning. Mason Munz walked and was run for by Driggers. He stole second, advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on Wriley Madden’s one-out RBI single. Madden and Sam Ramirez each scored in the inning to make the score 6-0.
Heights walked twice in the third inning, but Estrada pitched his way out of the jam with three strikeouts.
Belton scored three more times in the bottom of the third inning. Allman walked, stole second base, and scored on an error. Hunter Miles singled home Haynes, and Henry scored on an error to make the score 9-0.
After Heights led off the fourth inning with a hit batsman, Estrada struck out the next three hitters.
The Tigers offense put together their final rally of the night with a four-run fourth inning. Madden scored on a wild pitch, Tingle’s hit-by-pitch at-bat scored Ramirez, Henry reached on a error that scored Brandon Ware, and Allman scored on a balk to make the score 13-0.
Estrada closed out the night with three more strikeouts to complete a no-hitter and the win. He had 14 strikeouts, two walks and one hit batter.
Allman scored three times in the game for the Tigers. Madden had two of Belton’s six hits, as they left three on base.
The Tigers JV White squad will play a doubleheader at Temple High School on Saturday, starting at 11 a.m.