The Rockport-Fulton High School (RFHS) Pirate baseball team defeated the Kingsville Brahmas by run-rule in the fifth inning 12-1 Thursday, April 18 at home.
RFHS holds a 7-6 district record and is 15-10 overall.
The Pirates picked up an important win on parents night heading into their last game of the district season.
“These last two games are very important and we’ve got ourselves in position where as long as we win, then we at least get into a playoff of some sort,” said RFHS Head Baseball Coach Jerry Howell. “They played relaxed, played confident, and got the sticks going.”
With the victory over Kingsville, RFHS is fifth in District 31-4A standings and one game behind fourth place Robstown.
RFHS will play Robstown Tuesday, April 23. If RFHS defeats Robstown, both teams will tie for fourth place and will play another game to determine to fourth place seed in the district.
“Robstown’s a beatable team,” Howell said. “We got to come out, throw strikes. They don’t have the big hitters like they’ve had in the past so I think if we just throw strikes we’ll be successful and we got to get the bats going. That’s our cue; when we get the bats going, then everything else falls into place.”
Adam Muirhead was the winning pitcher for RFHS and threw four innings, striking out 12 and allowed only three hits. He was also 2-4 at bat.
In the second inning, RFHS got out to a 6-0 lead.
In the third, both teams traded runs and the Pirates took a 7-1 lead into the fourth inning.
In the fourth, the Pirates strung a few more hits together and brought in five more runs to take a 12-1 lead into the fifth.
Konnor McMahon relieved Muirhead in the fifth and sealed the mercy rule win for the Pirates 12-1.
Garrett Loudermilk led RFHS offensively going 2-3 with two runs batted in (RBI).
Tanor Waggoner went 2-3 with one RBI and scored three runs.
Zachary Zavala went 1-2 with one RBI.
The Pirates will play their last district game of the season at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 23 at Robstown.