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GC Baseball: Red-hot Tigers open district with back-to-back shutouts from Dobbs and Perkins

Mar. 15—Heath Autrey's Tigers just keep on winning.

They opened their District 14-5A season with a pair of games against Crandall, a team that now never wants to see Corsicana again.

Who wouldn't feel that way after the Tigers shut down the Crandall bats with back-to-back shutouts (6-0 and 10-0) from a pair of young pitchers who just dazzled the Pirates.

Brody Dobbs and Connor Perkins have been the biggest surprises for Autrey's young team this spring and both showed up for district ready to slam the door on whoever showed up in the batter's box.

They combined to pitch 13 innings without giving up a run, holding Crandall to just four singles while the Tigers outscored the Pirates 16-0 to start their district run.

Dobbs threw a complete (seven-inning) one-hit shutout to open district play Tuesday in Crandall, where the Pirates never threatened to score in a 6-0 loss. Only one Pirate reached base and that was on a walk.

Dobbs is now 4-0 with a 0.25 ERA, allowing just one earned run over 27 innings. He has struck out 13 while walking only two, keeping teams off-balance with poise, confidence and guile.

The Tigers, who are now 11-4, didn't score in the first and second innings, but pounded out a dozen hits and scored at least a run over the final five innings, including two in the seventh.

Adrian Baston, the best high school leadoff man in Texas, singled, walked, stole two bases and scored twice to set the tone and Perkins blasted Crandall pitching, going 3-for-4, belting a double and a triple, scoring twice and driving in a run.

Four more Tigers drove in runs.

Blake Phillips went 2-for-2, scored and had an RBI, Dylan Anderton went 2-for-4 and drove in a run, Oscar Casteneda went 1-for-3 with an RBI and Garrett Joles drove in a run.

After winning 6-0 on Tuesday the Tigers faced Crandall again at Price Field on Thursday. They handed the ball to Perkins and let the runs pour in like the rain that didn't show up until Friday.

The Tigers scored 10 runs on nine hits in a six-inning Mercy Rule win. Perkins was terrific again, allowing just three hits and two walks while striking out four while running the Tiger shutout streak to 11 innings. Perkins also went 1-for-3 with an RBI double.

Perkins has allowed just three earned runs this season and is now 4-1 with an 0.75 ERA with 16 Ks. He has been just as lethal at the plate, where he's hitting .419 with a .500 on-base-percentage, a .605 slugging percentage and a 1.105 OPS. He has scored 12 runs and driven in 12 runs in 15 games.

Baston was at it again, driving teams crazy from the top of the order. He went 2-for-3 with two stolen bases, scored three times and drove in two runs. He's hitting .400 with a .483 on-base-percentage and a 1.083 OPS and has scored 17 runs in 15 games while driving in 11 more.

Josh Portillo went 2-for-3, scored and drove in a run, Anderton went 1-for-2, scored and drove in two runs, Phillips and Casteneda both had RBI singles and Easton Autrey.

The Tigers have been red hot since winning Autrey's 400th game on Feb, 29. They've won eight of nine games since, including their current five game winning streak. Tiger pitchers have allowed just one run over that five-game stretch.

They face rival Red Oak Tuesday at Price Field and travel to Red Oak next Friday.