MCC baseball advances past NCTC in Region V Tournament

SAN ANGELO, Texas (McLennan Athletics) The No. 8 McLennan Highlanders picked up a 12-3 run-rule win over the North Central Lions in the second round of the Region V Tournament in San Angelo.

Alex DeLeon got the complete-game win for the Highlanders on the mound.

The Highlanders jumped out to an early lead, scoring three runs in the bottom of the first. Jordan Yeatts was hit by the pitch to lead off the inning. Jalen Battles followed with a triple to score Yeatts. Battles then scored on a ground out by Cole Moore. Brett Squires and Aidan Shepardson drew back-to-back walks. Jaylen Williams followed with a single to score Squires.

McLennan added four runs in the third. Squires and Shepardson both singled. A fielder’s choice by Williams loaded the bases. Squires scored on a wild pitch, and Brooks Embry followed with a three-run homer.

All three of North Central’s runs came in the top of the fourth. Kemuel Thomas-Riveria singled and scored on a triple by Spencer Bloom. Josh Blankenship followed with a single to score Bloom. Nick Tamez doubled and Blankenship scored on a sacrifice fly by Kaddin Mikulik.

The Highlanders responded with two runs in the bottom of the fourth. Battles singled and Moore doubled. Battles scored on a sacrifice fly by Garrett Martin. Squires and Shepardson both reached on a pair of North Central errors, allowing Moore to score.

Another Highlander run scored in the fifth as Embry walked, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Ryan Bishop, advanced to third on a passed ball and scored on a single by Battles.

McLennan rounded out the scoring with two runs in the sixth. Squires was safe on another North Central error. Williams followed with a two-run homer.

The Highlanders advance in the winner’s bracket and will face New Mexico at 5 p.m. Sunday.