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Rangers hang on to beat the Bulldogs, 5-3

April 23, 2012

Borger’s Clay Ellis #11 heads to second base on his way to a RBI triple in the third inning against Perryton on Saturday. PHOTO BY DON RICE

On Saturday afternoon, the Perryton Rangers jumped out on top of the Borger Bulldogs early and were able to hang on for a 5-3 win in District 1-3A action at Huber Park.
The Bulldogs had a couple of opportunities to either tie the game or take the lead. But good Ranger defense and a big break in the fourth inning kept a late Bulldog rally from taking place.
Perryton opened the game by hitting a lead-off double and RBI single to take a 0-1 lead on the first two pitches of the game.
Before the Bulldogs could get off the field, two errors led to two more Ranger runs, making it a 0-3 game.
In the bottom of the first inning, the Bulldogs got on the scoreboard when Clay Ellis hit a RBI single to bring in Colten Hunter to make it 1-3.
In the top of the third inning, two singles and a Bulldog error led to the Rangers scoring two runs. But the Bulldogs finally settled down on the field by keeping the Rangers from getting past second base in the final four innings.
The Bulldogs pulled to within two runs in the bottom of the third inning, due to an RBI triple by Ellis and a RBI single by Kota Dillard, making it a 3-5 ball game.
In the bottom of the fourth inning, the game appeared to be on the verge of breaking wide open when the Bulldogs loaded the bases with no outs.
But the Bulldog momentum was taken away when an outside pitch to Hunter appeared to be a ball four leading to the Bulldog base runners to start walking to advance to the next base. However, as the base runners were halfway to the next base, the home plate umpire gave a delayed strike call, causing some confusion for the Bulldog base runners. The confusion led to a Bulldog base runner between second and third base to be called out and helped lead the Bulldogs leaving the inning empty handed due to two groundouts following Hunter’s at bat.
In the bottom of the seventh inning, the Bulldogs tried to put together a late rally when Max Lusk led off with a single. But Lusk would only get as far as third base due to the Rangers getting the outs they needed to hang on for the big win.
On the mound, Garth Payton got the loss for the Bulldogs giving up four hits and four earned runs through three innings. Chayse Tracy pitched the final four innings, giving up just one hit while striking out five Ranger batters.
With one district game left, the Rangers have won the District 1-3A crown with a 6-2 record while the Bulldogs dropped to 5-3. The Bulldogs and Pampa Harvesters will play to see who takes second and third place in the district on Friday in Pampa, beginning at 4:30 p.m.
Perryton 302 000 0-5 5 1
Borger 102 000 0-3 8 3
2B: Hunter. 3B: Ellis. RBI: Ellis 2, Dillard.
L.-Payton

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