KRUM — The Sanger Indians knew they needed to bring it if they wanted to top twice-beaten Krum and hard-throwing lefty Ty Damron.
Like the hundred or so shivering fans at Krum High School on Tuesday night, the Indians came up lacking.
The Bobcats touched Indians starter Roy Hedgecock for eight runs in two innings — half of them unearned — and Damron blew them away with a 13-strikeout performance as the Bobcats won the District 9-3A game 11-3.
“We got out and scored some runs for him [Damron] early,” Krum coach Ray Miller said. “It's a little easier to pitch when you're ahead early.”
His counterpart agreed.
“Going up against somebody like that who can throw 88 to 92 [mph] from the left side, it’s going to be hard to come back,” Sanger coach Steve Ford said.
Krum (17-2, 2-1 district) collected 13 hits off three Sanger pitchers. Six Indian errors furthered the Bobcat cause.
“We hit some balls well and they made some mistakes,” Miller said.
Krum right fielder Colton Lucas went 3-for-4 and knocked in runs in each of the first two innings. Teammates Brennan Ellis, Zach Hughes and Damron had two hits apiece.
Damron, a senior, pitched six innings before turning the seventh over to Jack Patton, who struck out two of the three hitters he faced. Damron allowed only three hits and two earned runs to Sanger (13-7, 1-1), walking one.
“My team did a good job of hitting,” Damron said. “I had to do my part.”
Brendan Styles, Krum’s first batter, was hit by a pitch, stole second base and scored on a Hughes single. With two away in the first, Lucas’ end-of-the-bat infield single scored Hughes. Lucas scored when miscommunication among Sanger fielders let a high popup fall into shallow right field, and Colten Graham made it 4-0 when his Texas League single chased Damron home.
A close play at the plate helped Sanger score a couple in the top of the second.
Austen Lange led off with a single to left and Wilding Smith followed with a walk. A double steal put the runners at second and third before Hedgecock grounded sharply to Krum third baseman Hughes. His throw to catcher Josh Reeves arrived along with courtesy runner Tanner Thomas. The ball was kicked to the screen, and both Thomas and Smith scored.
Krum made it 8-2 after two frames with its second four-run outburst.
Trey Johnson led off with an infield single and scored on Styles’ double to left. Styles scored on an error, and Hughes, who reached on a second Sanger error, scored on a Lucas single. Lucas scored on a third error, after reliever Ross Scott had come on with two outs in the second.
Scott, returning from an injury, was a bright spot for Sanger, striking out five batters in 2 1/3 innings while surrendering a single unearned run, that coming in the fourth.
Sanger cut Krum’s lead to 9-3 when Ted Wisdom tripled and scored on Anthony Esobedo’s groundout in the top of the sixth.
Krum scored twice in the bottom of the sixth. Ellis doubled to left-center and scored on Reeves’ single to right. Hughes singled and scored on the sixth Sanger error.
KRUM 11, SANGER 3
WP — Ty Damron. LP — Roy Hedgecock. 3B — Ted Wisdom, Sanger. 2B — Brendan Styles, Brennan Ellis, Ty Damron, Colten Graham, Krum.