Bulldogs outlast Paris to wrap up No. 1 seed
In a game that took more than a month to complete, Texarkana College wrapped up the East Zone’s No. 1 seed in the upcoming Region XIV tournament by outlasting Paris Junior College, 14-8, Tuesday at Hub Hollis Field.
The win boosted TC’s overall record to 36-13, and its conference mark to 20-8, tying the Bulldogs with Panola College for first place. But since Texarkana won the season series from Panola 3-1, the Bulldogs receive the top seed from the East. They will play Galveston College, the fourth seed from the South Zone, in the first round of the tournament that opens May 9 at Blinn College in Brenham.
Tuesday’s game actually started March 25 but was suspended in the fifth inning with TC holding an 8-2 lead. Both teams had identical scoring innings of two runs in the eighth and four runs in the ninth when the game resumed.
David Allday, who had homered in the original game, his second of the game with a runner aboard in the eighth. The Bulldogs first baseman finished with four hits in six at-bats, driving in seven runs.
Joaquin Hinojosa was 5 for 6, including a double and triple and four runs batted in. John Stilson had a double and single, and Austin Atwell, Brian Ellis and Gip Hendrix two singles each in the Bulldogs’ 20-hit attack.
Tanner Bailey, who originally started the game, went back to the mound at the restart and pitched through the eighth inning to record his eighth win in nine decisions. Colton Reavis pitched the ninth.
The Bulldogs were originally scheduled to play a home game against Arkansas Baptist College on Tuesday, but it was put on hold for the makeup game with Paris. TC coach Will Bolt said he will try to reschedule Arkansas Baptist over the weekend.
Texarkana College 341 000 024 — 14 20 1
Paris Junior College 002 000 024 — 8 13 1
Tanner Bailey, Colton Reavis (9) and Jordy Snikeris. Zach Remlinger, Taylor Robichau (3), Chase McCain (5), Matt Zapata (8) and Brian Wuest. WP-Bailey (8-1). LP-Remlinger. HR: TC-David Allday, 1st, 2 on; Allday, 8th, 1 on; PJC-Jordan Easom, 9th, 1 on.