YOUNGSVILLE, La. — Dontae Woodard and Hunter Dobbins pitched the Brazos Valley Bombers to a 2-0 victory over Acadiana Cane Cutters in a Texas Collegiate League best-of-3 divisional opener Saturday night.
Game 2 will be at 7:05 p.m. Sunday at Travis Field. Game 3, if needed, will be at 7:05 p.m. Monday at Travis Field.
Texas State left-hander Woodard pitched the first five innings. Bombers’ right-hander Amado Almanzar relieved in the sixth and immediately got in trouble by walking the bases loaded. Texas Tech right-hander Dobbins relieved and induced a groundout. The former Rudder all-stater followed with three dominating innings for the save.
The Bombers (35-16) used a small-ball approach to score a pair of runs in the third inning off LSU right-hander Will Ripoll as the Cane Cutters (18-33) lost for the fifth straight time.
A year ago, the Cane Cutters halted the Bombers’ bid for a sixth straight title with a 3-2 victory at Travis Field in the divisional round when it was a one-game playoff.
In the other divisional playoff opener Saturday, the Texarkana Twins beat the defending champion Victoria Generals 2-1 with a two-out walk-off single in the ninth by Christian Boulware, who had been 0 for 4.
The pitching-depleted Twins (23-25) entered the playoffs on a four-game losing streak, having been outscored 54-38. Texas Rio Grande-Valley right-hander Colten Davis pitched a complete game, striking out five and allowing seven hits.
The Generals (34-19) had a four-game winning streak snapped.