AUBREY — If there was ever a case of a team’s record not telling the true story, Keith Peacock says it’s the 4-14 record carried by his Aubrey Chaparrals.
“We’re getting better as a team,” Peacock said after Bridgeport’s 5-1 win over the Chaps in a nondistrict game Tuesday night.
“And with as bad a record as we have right now, we still hold our playoff destiny in our hands. If we just keep getting better, hopefully we’ll be all right.”
Aubrey is 1-3 at the midway point in District 10-3A play. The Chaps next play Celina, district co-leaders with Argyle at 4-1, on Friday.
In losing Tuesday, Aubrey showed marked improvement over its previous meeting with Bridgeport (20-4), a double-digit loss shortened to five innings.
After the Bulls took a 3-0 lead after two innings, Aubrey pitcher Noah Vaughn, with some assistance by his fielders, shut out Bridgeport over the next four frames.
In six innings of work, Vaughn allowed three runs — all earned — on six hits and four walks. Bridgeport’s final two runs were charged to Aubrey relief pitcher Austin Kohnle.
“Noah settled down after that second inning,” Peacock said. “He limited his walks and got into a groove, and the guys played behind him.”
Bridgeport’s Alex Samples was a star on the mound and at the plate. He allowed only two base hits and Bridgeport managed only four baserunners while striking out four times.
“When you limit your strikeouts, you give yourself opportunities,” Peacock said. “We were putting the bat on the ball. We’ve just got to do it with some authority.”
Samples, Bridgeport’s leadoff batter, scored two runs and knocked in two more. He and Dillon Waldrep each had a pair of hits for the Bulls.
In the fourth, Aubrey leadoff hitter Michael Page broke up Samples’ no-hitter with a chopper up the first-base line. Samples waited for the ball to roll foul, but when it didn’t, his frantic throw to first was late and off the mark.
The Chaps plated their run in the bottom of the seventh. Tanner Buxton led off with a walk, went to third on Collin Scribner’s single to right-center and scoring when the ball was kicked in the outfield.
BRIDGEPORT 5, AUBREY 1
WP — Alex Samples. LP — Noah Vaughn.