Lamar Consolidated’s Michael Henderson raced home to cut into an early Fulshear lead, 4-3, Monday night at Mustang Field.
Unfortunately, for the Mustangs, that would be the closest Lamar would be able to get with the Chargers winning the horse race for another District 24-5A win, 6-3.
“Any time you get a win in this district, it’s good; this district is tough,” Fulshear head baseball coach Robb Jensen said.. “(Lamar) has been playing some good baseball.
“We knew coming into their park we needed to get an early lead and not let (Zyon Johnson) work the pitch count; he’s a good pitcher.
“We worked the pitch count well, but we have to do a better job with runners in scoring position; we left a few guys out there.”
A throwing error allowed two more runs to cross for Fulshear while the Mustangs stranded runners in scoring position.
Each team could get runners on base early on Monday’s contest rescheduled from Saturday due to issues with the tarp and sprinkler system at Mustang Field. Both starting pitchers worked around the jams, including a double play to end the bottom of the first.
Fulshear was first on the board in the third inning.
Tyler Schumann opened the frame with a walk followed by a single from Ty Barnhart and a sacrifice bunt by Luke Guzzetta to put two runners in scoring position.
Noah Shipp answered the call with runners in scoring position with a double to left field, scoring both runners. Thomas Barnhart and Lane Arroyos made it 3-0 with back-to-back singles.
Zyon Johnson rallied and retired the next two batters to send to the bottom of the third inning. The Mustangs started to claw back into the game, with Johnson collecting a single infield opening the frame. Johnson scored on a single from Dallas Turrubiate and an error.
Guzzetta continued to get the job done to move the Chargers’ runners around the bases with a sacrifice fly to score Hayden Graham after he led off the frame with a single and a double by Ty Barnhart.
The Mustangs didn’t go away down 4-1. Kannon Houston started the fourth with a walk, and moved to second on a groundout.
Luis Ruales drove in Houston with a single to center.
Jonathan Anders kept the inning going with a single, and pinch-runner Michael Henderson was able to score from third after Anders drew a throw to second. Fulshear was unable to record an out at second or at home.
Arroyos and Yarbrough helped get two runs back for Fulshear in the fifth inning. Both moved into scoring position on a groundout to first base. Graham hit a grounder up the middle fielded by Turrubiate, who threw the ball wide of first base with two outs.
Instead of the final out in the fifth, Fulshear added two more runs.
In the sixth inning, Houston led off the bottom of the frame with a single before stealing second and moving to third on an error. But Houston was off the bag when Luis Ruales hit a line drive to center — preventing him from tagging up to score.
“You can’t give extra outs against good ball clubs, and you have the opportunity to score; you’ve got to score,” Lamar Consolidated head coach Ryan Baudoin said.
Vargas stranded the runner at third to finish off his night with two earned runs on five hits over six innings, striking out 10 and walking three.
“I was proud of Austin tonight,” Jensen said. “He struggled at times, but beard down when it counted. (Tyler Schumann) has been money for us all year.”
Thomas Barnhart hit a double to open the seventh, but Jonathan Anders kept another run from crossing for Fulshear.
Tyler Schumann shut down the win for Fulshear, striking out two and walking one in the seventh.
Thomas Barnhart had two hits, and Shipp drove in two runs for Fulshear. Houston collected two walks for Lamar.
Johnson allowed four earned runs on eight hits over six innings, striking out four and walking four for the Mustangs.