CIBOLO — It took 10 innings for Canyon and Steele to resolve their District 26-6A rematch on Friday night, but the Cougars prevailed 5-4 to earn a series split.
Canyon (20-9, 7-4) used a two-out rally in the top of the 10th to vault ahead for good. Following a walk and an error, Reagan Hopper provided an RBI single to plate teammate Austin Stracener from third.
Ethan Garcia then slammed the door shut in the bottom half of the frame after working around a pair of leadoff singles. Garcia got the first out on a sac bunt and then recorded consecutive punchouts against Derrick Banks and Ethan Anderson to seal the win.
Garcia tossed the final five frames in relief of Josh Malone and earned the victory after holding the Knights to a single run on seven hits while striking out six. Malone fanned seven in his five innings of work and surrendered three runs on two hits.
Chance Reisdorph (3 for 5, RBI) and Payne McKay (3 for 6, two runs) both had solid nights from the plate. Damian Carreon was 2 for 5 with an RBI, and Michael Bassett also drove in a run.
Head coach Reagan Mocygemba’s team is now set to travel to San Marcos on Tuesday to open a two-game district series at 7 p.m.
Rangers blank Rattlers
SAN MARCOS — Smithson Valley capped a two-game sweep of San Marcos Friday night on the road by shutting out the Rattlers 5-0 on their home field.
The Rangers (13-15-1, 7-4) have now won seven straight District 26-6A games.
Rob Ruff tossed a complete game for Smithson Valley and limited San Marcos to just three hits while fanning seven.
Ruff also helped his own cause by providing a sac fly in the top of the third and an RBI double during a four-run outburst in the fifth. Jarek Wells and R.J. Carver each finished 2 for 3 with an RBI in the triumph.
Head coach Chad Koehl’s team is still tied with Canyon for third place in the 26-6A standings, and the Rangers will now head to New Braunfels to take on the Unicorns Tuesday night at 7 p.m.