Fowler, Bailey spur TC sweep
MOUNT PLEASANT, Texas—Zach Fowler and Tanner Bailey came up with outstanding pitching performances Wednesday when Texarkana College needed them most.
Losers of three of their first Region XIV East Conference starts, the Bulldogs needed a sweep of the doubleheader at Northeast Texas Community College, and got just that.
Fowler went six innings in 7-inning opener, and the Bulldogs scored all their runs in the first inning of the 5-2 victory. Bailey completed eight innings in the 9-inning nightcap, won by TC, 4-1.
Fowler (5-1) scattered five hits, struck out five and walked two in picking up his second straight conference win. Colton Reavis retired all three batters he faced in the seventh.
The Bulldogs gave Fowler all the support he needed in the first inning. Trey Buck reached on an error against starter and loser Jake Atwell, and a single by Austin Atwell put runners at the corners.
Joaquin Hinojosa’s sacrifice fly plated Buck, and Gip Hendrix followed with a double. Atwell, who had stolen second base, stopped at third when it appeared Hendrix’s drive would be caught. David Allday singled through the middle to drive in Atwell, but Hendrix was thrown out at the plate.
After Lance Marvell walked, Ian Gilley doubled to left, driving in two runs, and he scored on a single by Brian Ellis.
Atwell and Ellis were the only Bulldogs with two hits.
In the second game, Bailey (5-1) gave up just two hits, struck out six and walked three, the only run coming on a home run by Cody Causey in the third inning. Hinojosa earned a save in the ninth by striking out the side on 11 pitches.
Buck had a pair of doubles in four at-bats and had two of TC’s seven stolen bases in the game. Jordy Snikeris had two hits and drove in two runs, Gilley stroked a solo homer, his second of the season, and Allday had a double.
“We saw their top two guys, both were left-handed, and the second (Henry Garcia) was really good,” said TC coach Will Bolt. “We really needed these two wins, and if we can get a split or sweep in Bossier City Saturday, we’ll be in good shape because most of our April games will be at home.”
The Bulldogs (18-8, 3-3) play their fourth conference twin bill on the road Saturday, starting at 1 p.m.
The start of Wednesday’s doubleheader at NTCC was pushed back to 4 p.m.
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Northeast Texas 101 000 0 — 2 5 2
Zach Fowler, Colton Reavis (7) and Lance Marvel. Jake Atwell, Corey Theriot (4) and Zach Cates. WP-Fowler (5-1). LP-Atwell.
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Tanner Bailey, Joaquin Hinojosa (9) and Jordy Snikeris. Henry Garcia, Jared Mata (6) and Zach Cates. WP-Bailey (5-1). LP-Garcia. HR: NET-Cody Causey, 3rd, none on; TC-Ian Gilley, 6th, none on.