ANGLETON — The Angleton 12U All-Stars moved into the championship round of the Area 1 Tournament on Tuesday by taking care of previously unbeaten Palacios, 9-2, at Freedom Park in Angleton.
Led by eight crucial hits and the pitching of Kade Dobbs, Angleton will face the winner of Danbury and Palacios, who faced off on Wednesday in an elimination contest.
Hobbs went 4 2/3 innings before exiting because of pitch count, finishing with 12 strikeouts and three walks in a three-hit victory.
Braxton Beaty came on in relief and, after allowing a double to Palacios’ James Trammell which drove in a run, sat down the next four batters in a row including all three in the sixth frame to finish out the game.
Angleton opened the tournament by blanking Boling, 10-0, and will play its third game in the tournament with an opportunity to close it out today. Otherwise a victory by Palacios or Danbury will set up a winner-take-all game for Friday.
As the visiting team, Angleton opened the scoring in the first when Ryland Brown (3-for-4, RBI) tripled to the right field gap with one out. Dobbs helped his own cause with a groundout to the right side to give Angleton a 1-0 lead.
Palacios got as close as it could get the rest of the way after tying the game in the bottom of the first. Noah West opened with a single down the first-base line and scored on an error by the third baseman as he threw the ball into right field with West trying to get to second base to make it 1-1. Dobbs closed out that inning by striking out the final two Palacios batters.
The hometown team came back in the top of the second and plated four runs on three hits and an error on the defense. Isaiah Brooks started the run with a single up the middle. Nick Jackson followed with a 3-2 walk off West, leaving runners on first and second base.
Cayden Dorsett followed with a bunt toward second base, but the second baseman made an errant throw, which allowed both Brooks and Jackson to score as the Wildcats took the lead for good, 3-1.
Two more runs scored in the top half of the third inning as West was replaced by Ritchie Garcia on the mound. With two outs and Dorsett at second base, Brown came through with a double to left field plating Dorsett to make it 4-1. Brown scored when Dobbs singled to left field to give Angleton a 5-1 lead.
In both the fourth and fifth innings, Angleton scored single runs to increase its lead, 7-1. Angleton finished off its scoring in the top of the sixth with its final two runs.
Beaty led off the top of the sixth with a liner to right field and scored after Brown beat out an infield hit. An errant throw on the play allowed Beaty to make it 8-2.
With only one out and Brown at third base, Eli Karate got an RBI on his groundout to third base.
Angleton finished with eight hits as Dobbs was 2-for-4 with two RBIs and Brooks also had two hits along with a walk.