The Brazos Valley Bombers made the most of their 10 hits to rout the Baton Rouge Rougarou 12-7 on Friday in Texas Collegiate League play at Travis Field.
The Bombers put together two three-run innings and followed up the second one with a four-run frame to better their overall record to 24-11 and their second-half mark to 3-6. Baton Rouge dropped to 9-24 overall and 0-5 in the second half.
The game feature four lead changes thanks in part to Baton Rouge posting three-run innings in the second and fourth.
After falling behind 3-1, the Bombers got a second-inning leadoff double from Kyle Bergeron, a one-out walk by Jacob Padilla and a sacrifice fly from Jordan Yeatts. Baton Rouge appeared to be out of the inning on Cole Coker’s fly ball to left field, but outfielder Johnny Johnson got turned around twice and the ball dropped for an RBI double. Coker then scored on an error by shortstop Alex Galy for a 4-3 Bombers lead.
Bergeron pushed the lead to 5-3 in the next inning with a massive home run over the left-field fence. It was his second of the season.
After losing the lead in the top of the fourth, the Bombers scored three runs in the bottom of the inning on only one hit, a single by Bryant Shellenbarger that put runners on first and second. Sam McElreath’s fielder’s choice drove in the first run and a throwing error on the play allowed the second run to score.
The Bombers went one better in the sixth on only two hits. Jordan Yeatts opened the inning with a single. Cam Haller walked, and they both scored after two overthrows on Shellenbarger’s fielder’s choice. A second out followed, but Logan LeJuene, who pitched in relief for Baton Rouge after starting as the designated hitter, walked three in a row, the third one forcing in a run. Jacob Padilla picked up the second hit of the inning, singling to left field to give Brazos Valley a 12-6 lead.
The 3 ½-hour game was stretched out by a couple of conferences among the umpires and the ejection of Baton Rouge’s Scotty Scott in the sixth. Scott was hit by a Christian Vega pitch, made second on a Vega throw that pulled shortstop Bergeron off the bag then was thrown out at home by left-fielder Coker on Trevor Rugg’s single. Scott immediately got up, threw his helmet then walked toward the Bombers’ dugout, which emptied. Nothing came of it, except the shorthanded Rougarou had to make lineup changes for the final three innings.
Vega got the win, pitching two innings in relief of starter and College Station graduate Cannon Davis, who lasted four innings.
Shellenbarger and Bergeron each had two hits for Brazos Valley.
The Rougarou had three hits in each of their three-run innings. Scott singled home a run in the second and Drew Bianco followed with a two-run double. In the fourth, Bryan Aguilar and Lukas Polanco led off with back-to-back doubles, and Bianco singled home a run.
Baton Rouge had 12 hits, led by Bianco and Johnson with three and Polanco with two.
The teams will play again at 7:05 p.m. Saturday.