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  • KF89 changed the title to CLASS 4A REGIONAL SEMIFINAL- CHINA SRING TAKES GAME 1- 5-4

Late-inning action decides China Spring, Orangefield playoff battle.

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The China Spring Cougars outlasted the Orangefield Bobcats 5-4 in Game One of their best-of-three Class 4A Region III Semifinals series Wednesday night at Navasota High School.

The Cougars (30-8) rallied from a 3-1 deficit to score four unanswered runs before the Bobcats trimmed the China Spring lead to one in the bottom of the seventh.

The Bobcats outhit the Cougars 8-6 for the game but China Spring was able to hang on.

Kolby Killough got the win on the mound for the Cougars. He went 6 2/3 innings, allowing eight hits while striking out nine and walking two. Maruca Rosales earned the save, recording a strikeout for the last out.

Coop Longron absorbed the loss for the Bobcats. He worked all six innings, allowing six hits while striking out five and walking two.

Game Two of the series will be at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at Grand Oaks High School in Spring. Game Three, if necessary, will follow 30 minutes after Game Two.

The winner of the Orangefield-China Spring series will face either Carthage or Bellville in the Regional Finals next week.

The Cougars scratched in a run in the bottom of the first inning. Brayden Faulkner hit a high fly ball in shallow right that fell and he advanced all the way to third for a triple. He then scored when Cage McCloud had a RBI sacrifice fly to left.

The Bobcats tallied three runs in the top of the third inning, thanks to some nice small ball and three hits.

Caleb Fregia, who led the Bobcats with three hits from the nine-hole, had a leadoff single to left. Kameryn Henderson then came up with a bunt and Killough made an errant throw to second as both runners was safe. Tyler Shearin, who had two hits on the night, put down a perfect bunt single down the third base line to load the bases. Kyle Michael, who also had two hits and three RBI, then came through big, smacking a two-run single up the middle.

The Cougars regained the lead with a three-run bottom of the third.

Jase Garrett roped a leadoff single to right centerfield and Faulkner drew a walk. McCloud then singled over short to load the bases with no outs. Trace Necessary brought in Garrett with a RBI groundout to second base. Bryce Tabor promptly laced a two-run triple in the gap into right field to give the Cougars a 4-3 edge.

China Spring grabbed a run in the bottom of the fourth.

Trevor Black stroked a leadoff triple to right and with one out Garrett reached on an error. Faulkner drove in Black with a sacrifice fly to right to up the Cougars’ led to 5-3.

The Bobcats tried to rally in the top half of the seventh. Fregia had a leadoff single up the middle. Henderson reached on a fielder’s choice as Fregia was out at second. Shearin grounded out, moving Henderson to third and Michael plated Henderson with a line-drive RBI single to center. Killough reached the pitch limit after Michael’s at-bat and Rosales got the last out by striking out Kolbie Sowell.

 

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  • KF89 changed the title to CLASS 4A REGIONAL SEMIFINAL- CHINA SRING TAKES SERIES 2-0

Late-innings surge proves crucial in China Spring/Orangefield regional semifinal-By 
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SPRING – The China Spring Cougars continue to be “kryptonite” for Orange County teams after ending what was a superb Orangefield baseball campaign by downing the Bobcats 7-3 to win Game Two of their best-of-three Class 4A Region III Regional Semifinal Thursday evening at Grand Oaks High School.

The Cougars won Game One on Wednesday, 5-4.

The Cougars (30-8) scored five unanswered runs in the sixth and seventh innings to turn back the Bobcats.

It was another great season for Orangefield and head coach Tim Erickson as they rolled to a 28-4-1 overall record, claimed the District 22-4A Championship and advanced to the fourth round of the postseason.

China Spring defeated Bridge City in three games in this same round in 2017. The Cougar football team defeated West Orange-Stark in the 4A Region III Division II Finals the last two seasons and won State last football season.

The Cougars finished with nine hits while the Bobcats had six.

Marcus Rosales got the win on the mound for the Cougars, tossing five innings in relief of starter Cage McCloud. Rosales allowed just two hits while striking out three and walking one. McCloud went two innings, allowing four hits.

Jason Bodin started for the Bobcats. He worked five innings, allowing five hits while striking out six and walking four. Trent Eaves tossed the last two frames, allowing four hits while striking out one and walking one.

The Bobcats scratched in a run in the bottom of the second.

Bodin led off with a ground rule double off the wall in right field. Morgan Sampson flied out to right, moving Bodin over to third. Bodin scored after a Brennon Lecoq sacrifice fly to centerfield.

The Cougars answered in the top of the third to grab a one-run lead.

Brayden Faulkner drew a one-out walk and McCloud drilled a two-run home run over the rightfield wall.

Orangefield regained the lead in the bottom of the fourth.

Kolbie Sowell had a leadoff double to right and courtesy runner Kane Smith advanced to third on a Bodin groundout. Sampson then tied the game up, plating Smith with a RBI double. Lecoq moved courtesy runner Brayden Babin to third on a ground out. Babin raced in to score on a wild pitch to give the Bobcats a 3-2 edge.

China Spring regained the advantage with three runs in the top of the sixth.

JC Hughes opened it up with a leadoff double past first base. Kolby Killough reached on an error and Hughes got to third. Hughes scored to tie it after an errant pickoff attempt. Trevor Black put the Cougars ahead when he brought in Killough with a RBI double. Dean Hannah moved Black to third with a sacrifice bunt.

Jase Garrett reached on a fielder’s choice on a bunt as Black was thrown out at home. Faulkner made it 5-3 when he slapped a RBI double to right to score Garrett. 

The Cougars added some insurance runs in the top of the seventh.

Trace Necessary had a leadoff triple and scored on a RBI double by Bryce Tabor to make it 6-3. After Black drew a two-out walk, Hannah drove home Tabor with a RBI single.

The Cougars now move on to face either Carthage or Bellville in the Regional Finals next week.

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