Cardiac kids walk off on Needville

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Saturday served as quite the roller-coaster ride for the Tigers on the diamond, with the Needville Blue Jays in town for a district tilt.

The visitors entered the contest 2-3 in district play with wins over Stafford and Royal whereas Sealy owned a 3-1 mark coming into play, dropping its only contest to Fulshear.

The Tigers grabbed a pair of runs early thanks to a couple of hit batsmen and a couple of singles which scored Garrett Redden and Chaplin Moore and from there, starting pitchers Hunter Kelley (Sealy) and James Roberts (Needville) took over and shut things down, until the sixth inning.

Three hits on top of two walks allowed the Blue Jays to tack on five runs, four of which were charged to Kelley before his exit, taking a three-run lead heading into the final outs of the game.

And just as soon as they took that lead, it vanished with a trio of walks and a pair of hits for the Tigers, ultimately tying the game with only one full inning left.

Garret Zaskoda took to the hill and struck out a pair of Needville hitters to send the Sealy batters to the plate and, go figure, he was the one scheduled to lead off the inning.

He earned a free pass to walk to first and Arturo Hernandez followed with a hit. Although Joseph Teague struck out, the No. 9 hitter in Alan Anderson got in the batter’s box a roped a hit back up the middle, allowing enough space for Zaskoda to come all the way around with the winning run.

It secured the second victory in a row and led the Tigers into their only contest of this week, a Tuesday showdown with the Royal Falcons.

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