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MHS closes out TOC with run-rule win over Andrews
3/7/2017 10:01 AM

Looking to rebound from its third one-run loss this weekend, the Midland High baseball team needed a boost against Class 4A Andrews on Saturday at Christensen Stadium.

Behind a stellar complete-game two-hitter from sophomore right-hander Tyler Wade, as well as a 3-for-3, four-RBI night from Jackson Anuszkiewicz, the Bulldogs wrapped up their home Tournament of Champions on a high note with a 10-0 run rule victory over the Mustangs.

Wade struck out six and walked none on just 79 pitches, while Anuszkiewicz belted a two-run inside-the-park home run to seal the victory in the bottom of the sixth.

MHS completed tournament play with a 2-3 mark and improved to 5-6 overall. Andrews posted an 0-4-1 record in this year’s TOC and fell to 2-5-1 on the season.

Bulldogs head coach Barry Russell said he was impressed with the way Wade came out and attacked the strike zone after he struggled with command in a 13-10 MHS win over El Paso Eastwood Friday night.

“Tonight he came out, he was focused,” Russell said. “That’s the way he’s been for us. That’s the way he pitched against (Round Rock) McNeil. He’s going to be a good one. For a sophomore, he throws the heck out of it. He’s got command of three pitches. It was a good learning experience for him.”

Added Wade: “(I felt) pretty good. I just had to hit my outside corners and then throw it past them.”

Wade set the tone on the mound, but it didn’t take long for MHS to seize full control of the game at the plate. MHS broke things open with a four-run second inning, headlined by a two-run double to right center by Anuszkiewicz.

Anuszkiewicz also scored three runs in the win, two of them on wild pitches in the second and fourth.  He said he hopes Saturday’s win will provide a spark for MHS heading into next weekend’s Highland Park Tournament.

“It’s pretty cool to get up there and get a fresh start for the leadoff guys and see what they can do,” Anuszkiewicz said. “We definitely started off tournament play pretty slow but finishing off the way we did is definitely a boost to our confidence and will it hopefully lead to a good tournament at Highland Park.”

Former star quarterback Triston Williams got the start for the Mustangs and though he surrendered five runs in his three innings, he wasn’t hit all that hard and only gave up three hits while striking out one.

Andrews coach Robert Morris said it was encouraging to see Williams -- who didn’t play baseball last season -- hang tough for three frames.

“He did (battle) and sitting out last year, he’s a little behind as a senior,” Morris said. “He’s coming around and we’ll be counting on him by the time we hit district to be a great pitcher for us. He’s one of the few seniors we have on the team and he leads over here and keeps the guys up.”

MHS added three more runs in the fourth on a Michael Hailey single, a Brooks Betcher groundout and another wild pitch.

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MIDLAND HIGH 10, ANDREWS 0

Andrews              000         000         --0          2              1

MHS      041         302         --10        7              1

Triston Williams, Vito Prieto (4), Nathan Garcia (6) and Jay Teachout. Tyler Wade and Sam Matchus. W - Wade. L - Williams. 2B - MHS: Tyler Klattenhoff. HR - MHS: Jackson Anuszkiewicz (inside-the-park).

Record: MHS 5-6

Next: MHS vs. Sachse, 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Highland Park Tournament

Early TOC score

El PASO AMERICAS 5, MHS 4

Americas             000         140         0              --5          11           0

MHS      110         002         0              --4          8              3             

Martinez, Ortega (7) and Munoz. Sam Bertelson, Ryan Culp (5) and Sam Matchus. W - Martinez. L - Bertelson. 2B - Americas: Galindo 2, Martinez 2, Munoz; MHS: Tyler Klattenhoff, Michael Hailey. 3B - Americas: Torres. HR - MHS: Tyler Klattenhoff.

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