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Tigers sweep Mildred; move to area playoffs
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TRINITY — After sweeping the Corsicana Mildred Eagles in bi-district, the Trinity Tiger varsity baseball team will take on the Troy Trojans in the area playoff round. The best of three series will be played at Rudder High School in Bryan with game one set for 7 p.m. Friday, May 10. Game two will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday and game three, if necessary, will get under way 30 minutes after the end of game two. The Tigers now have a season record of 23-8-1 and the Trojans, who are listed as seventh in the state rankings, have a record of 21-7-2. Troy was the winner of District 21-2A and had a bye in the first round of the playoffs. The Tigers, who finished in second in District 24-2A, won the right to advance by defeating Corsicana Mildred in two games last week. Mildred was the third place team from District 23-2A. In the first game of the series, the Tigers traveled to Mildred on May 2 and defeated the Eagles 2-1 on a very cold and windy night. Aaron Thomas earned the win throwing all seven innings (his 11th complete game of the season), striking out nine and allowing one run on three hits. Manuel Soria tied the game up in the top of the fifth with a double that drove in Lehn Griepenstroh from first base. Two batters later, John Bledsoe's base hit drove in Soria to take the lead. On Friday, the series came to Trinity where the Tigers bounced back from a 4-0 deficit to beat the Eagles 5-4. Andrew Huffman battled all night, earning the win for the Tigers. Thomas came on in the seventh to earn the save to advance the Tigers. Huffman pitched six innings, striking out six, while allowing four runs on four hits. Huffman made a key play in the fifth with two on and no outs, catching a line drive and throwing to second for a double play. Thomas came on after throwing seven innings the day before to strike out all three batters he saw, including the previous year's district MVP for the final out. The Tigers were held scoreless until the fifth inning. Down 4-0, Nick Strawther led off the inning with a double. Thomas followed with an RBI single. After two walks, Huffman walked with the bases loaded to push across another run. Griepenstroh had a seven pitch at bat that concluded with a double to knock in the tying runs. In the sixth inning, Bledsoe was hit by a pitch, stole two bases and was driven in by Zach Rankin off a ground ball to shortstop for the game winning run. Thomas went 2-3 with a run scored and RBI. Thomas Poehl and Daniel Poole each scored a run. Griepenstroh went 2-3 with two RBIs. Rankin went 1-4 with the game winning RBI. Strawther went 1-3 with a run scored. The Tigers stole five bases on the night, pushing their total to eight for the series. For the series, every Tiger player either scored a run or knocked in a run and reached base.