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EBF forces deciding game in bronco championship series

Price Distributing (PD) was looking to wrap up a bronco league title on Wednesday, but Ennis Business Forms (EBF) had other ideas.
EBF rolled up eight runs in the second inning and prolonged its fifth inning enough to run the clock out on the visiting team in a 13-6 victory. EBF’s record is now 10-5-1 while PD stands at 12-4. The two teams will meet up one last time on Friday at 7 p.m. for the bronco city championship.
“We swung the bats a lot better than in the game one loss and that changed everything,” said EBF coach Leon Eddington.
“We’re ready for Friday and if they can repeat what they did tonight, my team will be city champion.”
“When you have a debacle of an inning (eight runs allowed in second) like we did, you almost have to play perfect to come back,” said PD coach Chad Parma.
“I’m happy to see the guys keep chipping away and we just ran out of time.”
Ian Salas (two singles, two RBIs) and Brooks Graham (single, two RBIs) led the EBF offense while Jalen Johnson and Aaron Brasher did an excellent job on the mound. Will Tay paced PD with a single and an RBI.
PD put up two runs in the first as Cody Green singled and Chris Zhanel followed with an RBI fielder’s choice. Johnson got a forceout at home with the bases loaded, but Jason Bernal’s RBI sac fly gave his team a 2-0 lead. Graham smacked an RBI single to score Angel Sanchez in the bottom of the inning, yet PD starter Zhanel struck out two and scooped up a grounder to keep the visitors up 2-1.
“Cody fires up the dugout and works hard on the field,” Parma said.
“Brooks is coming through when we need it most,” Eddington said.
“It’s our first time to advance this far and the guys are just trying to make the best of it.”
Tay singled up the middle in the second, but Johnson fanned consecutive batters and scooped up a third grounder in just two innings to get EBF off the field. EBF had an enormous second inning to go up 9-2 as Isidro Rea (single), Salas (pair of RBI singles), Sanchez (RBI fielder’s choice), Graham (RBI fielder’s choice), Johnson (RBI single), Will Arnold (RBI) and Marcel Jones (RBI) each rose to the occasion. PD committed three errors in the inning and finally got out of danger when left fielder Ruben Nino threw out a runner at home to catcher Cody Green.
“Ian has come a long way and he’s heating up at the plate right now,” Eddington said.
“He stepped up in the bottom of the order. Jalen is an all-around player just like Aaron.
“They can play anywhere and deliver offensively. Isidro is a good contact hitter for us.”
PD got one run back in the top of the third on Lane Liska’s RBI groundout, but Johnson struck out another batter while second baseman Andrew Sauceda was superb while fielding a couple of groundouts. EBF didn’t score in its third as PD reliever Rasco struck out a batter while right fielder Isaiah Santos made a running catch.
“Andrew’s specialty is defense at second base and it showed,” Eddington said.
“We planned ahead to pitch Jalen for three innings and he did a great job while he was in there.”
“Ryan threw strikes in the middle innings and did very well to get us off the field,” Parma said.
PD got off to a fast start in the fourth as Casey Green and Santos singled. Tay brought in a run with an RBI fielder’s choice and later scored himself on a passed ball for a 9-5 ballgame. Reliever Brasher struck out a couple of batters, however, while he and catcher Arnold combined to get an out at the plate on a passed ball.
“Isaiah has been a key contributor all year,” Parma said.
“He had a good hit and a nice catch. Will is a solid all-around player and did his part tonight.”
“You’ve got to praise the kids for an out on a passed ball in this age division,” Eddington said.
PD held EBF in check for a second-straight inning in the bottom of the fourth as Rasco struck out a pair. Price pulled within 9-6 in its fifth as Rasco singled and scored on a passed ball. Brasher continued to pitch well with a couple of strikeouts.
Tay and Rasco fielded consecutive groundouts to begin the bottom of the fifth as time ran down and PD tried to get one more at bat. With runners on the corners, however, Brasher smacked an RBI double to right field for a 10-6 lead and EBF scored three more runs on the heels of an error and a passed ball.
“Aaron and Jalen have been taking over for each other all year [pitching] and it worked again tonight,” Eddington said.
“Aaron pulled out of a slump on that hit in a clutch situation. Hopefully a lot of fans show up for Friday’s final. Both teams will represent Ennis well in district, but we’re focused on city right now.”
“EBF is a good team, but we’ll be right there [on Friday] if our pitching and defense shows up,” Parma said.

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