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Baseball: Atascocita defeats Summer Creek to tie second place in district

April 10, 2019

Atascocita defeated Summer Creek 5-2 in a District 22-6A game Friday night at Eagles field.

The win put the Eagles and Bulldogs in a second-place tie with both holding 8-3 district records.

“No series is ever bigger than another,” said Atascocita coach Eric Matthews. “Wins don’t count any more or less than another win. Wins are wins, and when you’re clawing and scratching in the district for a title or a spot for the playoffs our guys are going to take each game the same.”

The teams will meet again at Summer Creek at 7 p.m. Friday.

The winner will take sole possession of second place in district.

The Eagles (18-7) have won eight out of their last nine games after being swept by Kingwood in the first half of district play.

Summer Creek (17-5) got on the scoreboard first after Jared Silva hit a two-out RBI double to give the Bulldogs a 1-0 lead.

The Eagles battled back in the bottom of the fourth inning to take their first lead of the game.

Two runs came home off a Bulldogs error to put the Eagles on top 2-1.

“That’s baseball, and you have to capitalize on team’s mistakes,” Matthews said. “When they do that you have to make them pay. We were able to give some good at bats to bring home some runs. I thought we had some great at bats early, and we just couldn’t get that hit to bring them home. The guys had a great approach at the plate.”

Atascocita’s Dylan Ivey hit a sac fly and Steve Cortina hit a RBI single as the Eagles took a 4-1 lead after four innings. Cortina added a RBI ground out in the bottom of the sixth inning to increase the Eagles’ lead to 5-1.

Atascocita starting pitcher Clay Bradford got the win on the mound for the Eagles.

Summer Creek added a run in the top of the seventh inning on an Atascocita error, but that would be its last run of the game.

“We lost,” said Summer Creek coach DJ Wilson. “We didn’t do as well as we should have done. Give them credit, they won the first game of the series at their place, and they deserve the credit for their win.”