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Navarro Baseball: Bulldogs split doubleheader in Tyler, cling to first-place

Apr. 22—TYLER — Navarro's Bulldogs bounced back from a 12-8 loss and ripped Tyler 13-3 Sunday, splitting a doubleheader that left Navarro (17-7) clinging to first-place in the Region XIV North Zone race by a handful of percentage points — .708 to .704 — over Tyler (19-8).

The Dawgs still have three games left in the season to improve their lead before the Region XIV Tournament. They play at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Paris and then play Paris Saturday in a doubleheader at home.

The Bulldogs, who were knocked out of the Top 20 poll two weeks ago, have outscored Tyler 52-18 and are now 4-2 against No. 8 Tyler — and sure looked like it in the second game Sunday.

Tony Garcia shut down Tyler in the five-inning Mercy Rule game, allowing two hits and three runs while walking one and striking out 11.

The Dawg big bats made it easy, scoring five runs in the first inning, two in the second and six in the fourth, thanks in great part to Theo Kummer's three-run blast.

Braden Gostisha went 3-for-4, belted a home run and doubled, scoring three runs and driving in three, and Kummer went 2-for-2, doubled, homered, had a sac fly, scored a run and drove in four to lead the wild win.

Matt Houston was perfect at the plate, going 4-for-4 and scoring twice, Bryce Jones went 1-for-4, scored and drove in two runs.

Ryan Alexander went 1-for-4, scored twice and drove in a run and Brady Englett went 1-for-3 and scored three runs. The Dawgs belted out 13 hits in five at-bats.

Houston went 2-for-4, homered, scored twice and drove in three runs in the 12-8 loss, Alexander went 3-for-4, homered and drove in a run, Jack Opoien went 2-for-2, driving in three runs, and Hank Harp went 2-for-2 and drove in three runs in the 12-8 loss.