LAKE DALLAS, TX – The Blue Ridge Tiger baseball team’s historic season came to an end on Saturday, losing Game 3 of their Class 1A, Region II Final series versus Windthorst, 11-1.
After winning Game 2, Blue Ridge (27-6, 12-0) allowed two unearned runs in the top half of the first inning. Down 2-0, the Tigers responded. Tye McKinney continued his hot hitting, leading of the frame with a base hit.
Charles Deckard followed with a base hit to left and Zack Gidney drove in McKinney with a grounder to short. Blue Ridge had a chance to add more runs, but two strikeouts ended the inning.
Gidney continued to pitch well through the next two innings, but in the fourth, the sophomore ran into some trouble. After putting the first two men on board because of a double and a hit batter, Trojan outfielder Josh McCoy drove them both in with a base hit to center field. Windthorst (32-8, 12-0) went on to score one more to lead the game 5-1 after four.
The Trojans would not stop there. Windthorst plated six more runs before it was all said and done and starting pitcher Abel Vazquez did the rest. The sophomore pitcher got Zach Rainwater to fly out to left field to end the game and the Trojans advanced to the state tournament winning 11-1.
This was the furthest Blue Ridge had gotten since 2000. They ended their season with a record of 27-6, 12-0 in district play.