Behind two strong pitching performances, including a bid for a no-hitter, Sherman notched two victories on the opening day of the Sherman Invitational on Thursday by beating Richardson, 7-2 in six innings, and Granbury, 5-0, at Veterans Field.
Senior ace Case Rolen pitched 5 1/3 no-hit innings against Richardson and struck out 10 batters before being lifted because of a pitch count, and the Eagles broke up the no-no afterward. Freshman center fielder Brayshon Savage drove in two runs for Sherman.
In the second game, another freshman, David Bedgood, was almost as sharp as Rolen, going 6 1/3 innings for the win and allowing only four Granbury singles. Treyson Jones drove in a pair of runs.
Senior catcher Will Olson batted 4-for-6 on the day with a double in each game. Also, Treyson Jones had three combined RBI and Grant Jones had two. The Bearcats committed no errors in either game.
The Bearcats (3-5) will face Lake Dallas at 5 p.m. and Plano John Paul II at 7 p.m. tonight. Lake Dallas is 1-0-1 in the tournament with a 4-3 win over North Lamar and a 2-2 tie with Granbury on Thursday, while John Paul II is 0-2 after run-rule losses to Richardson and North Lamar.
Gunter 11, Aubrey 7
GUNTER — Gunter opened its tournament by splitting a pair of games on Thursday.
In the first game, Gunter overcame an early five-run deficit with 10 combined runs in the final three innings for an 11-7 win against Aubrey. Rhett Taylor went 3-for-4 with a triple and three runs scored while Nate Yansky was 1-for-3 with a double. Reid Bolin pitched two innings of relief, striking out three, walking three and allowing one earned run in the win.
Ben Fisher knocked in a game-tying run in the third inning of the second game against Iowa Park, but it wasn’t enough in a 3-2 loss. Fisher went 2-for-4 with the RBI and took the loss after coming in to pitch in the third.
Gunter (4-4) will resume tournament play today at 12:15 p.m. against Sanger and at 7 p.m. against Princeton.
Blue Ridge Tournament
Pottsboro 6, Bland 0
BLUE RIDGE — Pottsboro scored two runs in each of the last three innings for a win against Bland in the Blue Ridge Tournament opener on Thursday.
Landon Stevens got the win for Pottsboro (2-2) and batted 1-for-3 with one double and a run scored. Max Dodd went 1-for-2 with a double and one run batted in while Kory Waller batted in a run and scored another.
Pottsboro will resume tournament play at 10:15 a.m. today against Farmersville.
Bonham 5, Ovilla Christian 1 (5)
FERRIS — Kendall Kennedy and Tristan Hunt singled in runs during Bonham’s five-inning win over Ovilla Christian to start tournament play.
Jordan Quintana struck out five, allowing only one earned run, three hits and four walks for Bonham, which scored five runs over the first two innings.
Jared Prock also singled and scored for Bonham, which continues tournament play today against Kaufman at 1:30 p.m. and Paris at 6 p.m.
Melissa 12, Bells 8 (5)
TRENTON — Haley Hill had three hits and four RBI as Melissa opened the Trenton Tournament with a victory against Bells on Thursday.
Bailey Church added two doubles, three RBI, three runs and two steals, including one of home, while Madison Boedeker and Kelsey Smith each scored twice for Melissa (5-8), which will continue tournament action today against Bland at 9 a.m. and Honey Grove at 11 a.m.