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UIL baseball playoffs: Rouse hammers McAllen Memorial in Game 1 of Region IV-5A final

Rouse's Connor Thompson scores in a Class 5A regional quarterfinal playoff game against Cedar Park in Georgetown last month. The Raiders are up 1-0 in the regional championship series.
Rouse's Connor Thompson scores in a Class 5A regional quarterfinal playoff game against Cedar Park in Georgetown last month. The Raiders are up 1-0 in the regional championship series.

Rouse is one win away from the state tournament.

Gavin Silva struck out eight in five innings, Andrew Sanchez went 3-for-4 with three RBIs, and Landon Miller finished 2-for-3 with a double, a walk, an RBI and two runs scored to lead the Raiders to an easy 10-1 win over McAllen Memorial in Game 1 of the Region IV-5A championship series Friday at North East ISD Sports Park in San Antonio.

Rouse scored five times in the third and four times in the fifth while outhitting the Mustangs 10-2. The Raiders also took advantage of four Memorial errors.

The Mustangs (26-15) went ahead 1-0 on Jose Rivera’s RBI double in the bottom of the first, but Rouse (34-9-1) dominated from that point on.

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Silva retired 12 of the final 13 batters he faced, and Carson Henderson and Trey Schlueter both threw a perfect inning of relief.

Sanchez’s two-run single and Xander Forsell’s RBI hit fueled the Raiders’ third inning, and Rouse also drew two walks and exploited an error and a fielder’s choice.

In the fifth, Sanchez belted an RBI single and Tyler Espinosa had a two-run hit. Miller doubled and eventually scored on an error in the sixth for Rouse’s final run.

Game 2 was scheduled for Saturday at Jourdanton High School, with Game 3, if necessary, to follow.

This article originally appeared on Austin American-Statesman: Rouse hammers McAllen Memorial in Game 1 of Region IV-5A final