Take off

Ayden Rangel takes off from second base after a base hit.

The Rockport-Fulton High School (RFHS) Pirate baseball defeated the Miller Buccaneers 7-0 at a neutral site in Whataburger Field Tuesday, March 15 to start the district season 2-0.

RFHS is now 8-5 overall and 2-0 in district play.

After playing in an eight-inning game the day before, RFHS Head Coach Tudi Elizondo said he was worried an emotional victory would lead to a slow start the next day.

“We had a big, emotional game yesterday and I knew something like this was going to happen, and we started off a little flat,” said Elizondo.

The Pirates were unable to score versus Miller until the second inning.

Once RFHS put up those first few runs in the second and third inning, Elizondo said the team started to settle down a bit.

“The pitching was a little slower than what we’ve seen all year, so we had to adjust,” said Elizondo. “We later started to take better at-bats.”

The Pirates used four senior pitchers to defeat Miller.

Luke Muirhead led off and pitched the first four innings, striking out 10.

Trent Upham, Ean McPherson, and Carsen Flores followed and pitched one inning each.

“Our pitchers were good,” said Elizondo. “My intention was to get all four senior pitchers on the mound because I just wanted them to have a good memory on Whataburger Field.”

Miller struggled to get on base with only three hits and no walks throughout. They also committed four errors defensively.

Ace Seibert was 2-3 with one RBI and one walk.

Jordan Gibson was 2-3 with one walk.

Devan Phillips was 1-3 with two RBI.

Phillips, who gave RFHS a 4-0 lead after three innings with a two-RBI single, said timely hitting is an area he’s tried to improve on and hopes the team gets better at during the district season.

“We lack that timely hitting this year, and really we need to work on it a lot,” said Phillips. “I’ve just been mentally preparing for Whataburger (Field) of course and staying locked in and whenever runners are on, just hit the ball.”

The Pirates played their final non-district game of the season Saturday, March 19 versus Tuloso-Midway before heading into a gauntlet of district games. RFHS’ next district game is 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 22 at West Oso.

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