Baseball report: April 1, 2011

BY Zach Tijerina

FRENSHIPTODAY.COM

Coming up: Frenship is set to face Caprock at 4:30 p.m. Friday at Caprock. The Tigers will continue District 3-4A play at 7 p.m. Tuesday when they host Palo Duro at Tiger Field.

Record: 11-10-2

Looking Back: Frenship continued its District 3-4A winning streak with a 9-4 victory over Randall on Friday.

Bryndan Arredondo went 3-for-4 with three RBIs and a run scored in the win.

The Tigers took an early lead when Jared Arp hit a grand slam during a six-run second inning. Cade Davis added three hits, a run and RBI for Frenship.

Xavier Vasquez remained dominant on the mound, striking out 10 batters in the complete game. He gave up four runs on seven hits and two walks.

Frenship started sluggish Tuesday night when it faced District 3-4A opponent Canyon in a game that would determine the leader of the district.

But Frenship head coach Chad Reynolds would tell you it’s the way a team finishes that matters most after a 16-6 win at Tiger Field.

The Tigers trailed 6-1 after 21/2 innings against the Eagles, going through two pitchers in that time while not going through their own lineup once. The momentum of the game changed in the third inning when the Tigers strung together a series of hits and benefited from a pair of Eagle errors to put up eight runs and take the lead.

“Those kind of hits are contagious,” Reynolds said. “When you string hits together it can be really good for a team and we’ve done that a few times this year. It got going for us tonight.”

Frenship, which is alone atop the district standings, also took control of the game defensively after reliever Stephen Smith took the mound in the third inning. Smith held Canyon scoreless for three consecutive innings.

“The game plan was to have (Smith) late in the game,” Reynolds said. “We needed to go to him earlier and he was ready. He came in and threw strikes and had a good game.”

Canyon took advantage of free bases in the first inning as Frenship starter Kyle Rutherford pegged two of the first three batters and walked another. With bases full, cleanup batter Greg Veneklasen hit a sacrifice fly to center field to score leadoff batter Duffy Watson. Canyon scored a second run when Coby Roming stole third base and advanced to home on a throwing error by third baseman Ryan Bradley.

Frenship got a run back in the bottom of the first when Arredondo hit a double to center field to score Smith, who reached on a walk.

The Eagles extended their lead in the second inning by scoring three runs to make the score 5-1.

Chance Dyess reached first after getting hit by a pitch, and Colton Baker advanced

Dyess to second with a sacrifice bunt. Watson reached on a walk to put runners at first and second, and a single from Roming scored Dyess. Derek Odell followed with a two run double.

But the Tigers erupted for an eight-run rally in the third inning. Alex Soliz led off with a single to center field. Cade Davis followed with a hard shot past Canyon third baseman Veneklasen, and Josh Vasquez loaded the bases for the Tigers when he reached on a walk.

With the bases loaded, Smith hit a ground ball to second base but Roming was unable to handle the transition and all Tiger runners advanced safely. Arredondo followed with a three-run triple to right-center field that scored Davis, Vasquez and Smith.

Canyon recorded the first out of the inning on a infield ground ball from Bradley. The Tigers continued its offensive attack with Chad Quisenberry hitting a double to left field to score Xavier Vasquez, who was pinch running for Arredondo. Brandon Walker followed with a base on balls.

Quisenberry scored from second on a pass ball and Walker advanced to third. Bo Ricks scored Walker on a single to right field. Davis scored Ricks with a sacrifice fly deep to center field before the Tigers were retired.

Frenship extended its lead in the fourth inning by shutting down the Canyon offense with a three and out.

Arredondo hit a single in the bottom of the fourth and Bradley followed by reaching first with a walk. Vasquez, running for Arredondo, scored on a bases loaded walk and Bradley reached home with a RBI fielders choice from Ricks.

The Tigers extended the lead with two more scores in the fifth inning and put the game away in the sixth inning. Josh Moreno hit a two run home run to give the Tigers a 15-6 lead with one out in the sixth inning. After pinch hitter John Curtis reached on a single, Arredondo hit a double to score Curtis and end the game with the 10-run mercy rule.

Individual Statistics

Batting Avg (minimum 20 at bats): Stephen Smith .520, Bryndan Arredondo .486, Cade Davis .412.

ERA: Xavier Vasquez 2.53, Cade Davis 2.68, Chad Quisenberry 3.07.

Strikeouts (pitching): Xavier Vasquez 53, Kyle Rutherford 33, Stephen Smith 3

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