Devin Price laced an RBI single to left field as the A&M Consolidated Tigers rallied for two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to defeat the District 17-5A champion Corsicana Tigers 4-3 in Corsicana. Consol, who is appearing in the post-season for the first time since 2013, advances to the second round of the playoffs.
Consol won the first game of the doubleheader 6-3 earlier in the day to force the deciding Game 3. Consol was the designated home team in Game 3 due to rain-out on Friday, which cost the Tigers another home game due to scheduling. Corsicana won Game 1 on Thursday night in College Station, and needed only one victory on Saturday to advance.
The dramatic walk-off Consol victory in the final frame of Game 3 ended what was a low-scoring affair through 5 innings. Consol scored single runs in the first inning and third inning to take a 2-0 lead, and senior pitcher Will Bond shut down the potent Corsicana lineup by mixing fastballs with a knuckle-curve until running into trouble in the top of the sixth.
Corsicana’s sixth inning started with Dawson Woods being hit by a pitch. Designated hitter Colten Davis later added a one-out single to left field before right-fielder Devon Lindsey laced a three-run homer to left to give Corsicana a 3-2 lead. Bond was later relieved by junior Daniel Pugh, who finished the game by throwing 1 2/3 innings to record the win.
“Bond was fantastic,” said Consol first-year head coach Ryan Lennerton. “What a big senior performance for him. I'm so happy and proud of him. Pugh came into a tough spot with our backs against the wall and gave us a chance.”
Consol was paced on offense in Game 3 by sophomores Daniel Altman and Connor Kaiser, who collected two hits each. Sophomore Colson Sledge added a single in the game-winning seventh inning and later scored the winning run on the RBI single by another sophomore Price.
“Altman was big time all day at the plate,” said Lennerton. “He's on fire. Our hitters did a great job all day. Their pitchers battled and our guys battled them right back. Great job by Price with the bases loaded. He was relaxed and had a plan.”
The Tigers forced the deciding game with a 6-3 victory in the first game of the doubleheader behind the same aggressive offensive attack. Altman had two base hits, including an RBI double, to pace Consol. Cade Slaydon collected two hits, including an RBI double, and scored two runs in a balanced Tiger attack. Cole Catalena also had two hits, including a second inning double, and scored twice. Tyler Howell added an RBI double in the fourth inning.
Tiger relief pitcher Daylan Faltysek picked up the victory on the mound for Consol by completing four innings following a gutsy three-inning performance by freshman Jack Hamilton. Hamilton left with the Tigers leading 4-3 but failed to qualify for the win on the mound.
“Great job by Faltysek in the first game,” Lennerton added. “He kept them right where they were and saved our bullpen for Game 3.”
Consol advances to face Tomball, with the playoff format and venues for that series to be determined.
Consol 3 1 0 1 1 0 0 — 6 9 0
Corsicana 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 — 3 3 1
WP — Daylan Faltysek
LP — Micah Burke
Corsicana 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 — 3 6 2
Consol 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 — 4 7 0
WP — Daniel Pugh
LP — Micah Burke
A&M Consolidated scored 3 runs in the bottom of the first, and added runs in each inning but the fifth, to cruise past the Rudder Rangers 8-3.
The victory before a packed Tiger Field on an emotional Senior Night clinched the Tigers’ first playoff appearance since 2013, as Consol advances as the fourth seed from District 18-5A by finishing with a district record of 7-5.
Consol struck first with a leadoff single by Colson Sledge, an RBI double by Daniel Altman, and a infield single by Devin Price that led to another run following a throwing error by Rudder. Emory Cook followed with a two-out RBI double to add to the Tiger lead in the first.
Altman finished with three hits on the evening and scored three runs. Cade Slaydon added an RBI single for Consol in the fourth.
Rudder struck for three runs in the fourth, led by a leadoff walk to Matthew Everett and consecutive base hits by Hunter Dobbins and Chris Ramirez. Tanner Treat drove in Ramirez with a Sacrifice Fly to end the Rangers’ scoring.
Braden Buche led the Tigers on the mound with a complete game victory, scattering 3 hits over 7 innings.
Rudder 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 —- 3 3 2
Consol 3 1 1 2 0 1 / —- 8 11 0
WP - Braden Buche
LP - Hunter Dobbins
Consol traveled to Waco U to finish up a previously rain delayed game and play a regularly scheduled game.
The rain delayed game finished after one additional inning of play with Consol winning 10-0.
In the second game of the night Consol secured a hard fought victory with a 4-2 win.
Braden Buche pitched a complete game allowing only 2 runs and finishing the bottom of the 7th retiring the side.
The Tigers were led at the plate by Emory Cook with an RBI double, Danny Altman with an RBI triple and Tyler Howell with an RBI single.
Brady Richards got a lead off hit in the top of the 7th and found his way home on a wild pitch to give the Tigers their 4th run.
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