The Breckenridge Buckaroos had one mindset in mind Friday evening against Dublin score and score often.
The Bucks used that frame of mind to help set the tone early on in the game enroute to a 10-4 win over the Lions.
Head coach Pat Yarbrough credited an improving offense and the ability to score with runners in scoring position for the win.
“Overall, I thought we played well tonight,” said Yarbrough. “We hit the ball well and scored runs when we had runners in scoring position which is always an added bonus. Eli (McLane) pitched well especially later on in the game. He got his pitch count up a little bit in the first and second inning, but was able to work really fast in the third, fourth and fifth inning. Our defense also played well behind him.”
Yarbrough said that Friday’s win was a big win for the team in order to compete for a playoff position.
“I told the guys that we have played well against some of the top teams in our district,” said Yarbrough. “If we eliminate some of the errors and have some timely hits, we beat some of those teams. I have told the guys that you have to win one to win two and two to win three and so on. It kind of has a snowball effect and hopefully that is where we are at.”
Breckenridge scored seven runs within the first two innings led by Cruz Martinez and Ethan Wimberly who each had a double in the first inning.
Quinton Ellis, Parker Landon and Wimberly each had a single in the second inning to help pace the Bucks to four runs, who led 7-2 after two innings.
The Bucks added one run in the third, fourth and fifth inning while holding Dublin scoreless to lead 10-2.
Austin Dooley, Ellis and Wimberly each crossed home plate for the Bucks.
Breckenridge pounded out 18 hits in the game, while Dublin had 10 hits.
Wimberly went four-for-four in the game with three singles and one double to lead the Bucks. Wimberly also had four RBIs in the game.
Eli McLane pitched six innings and gave up four runs on nine hits while striking out 11 batters and walking four.
Parker Landon came in as a reliever for McLane and pitched one inning. Landon had two strikeouts and one walk.
The Bucks will play at 4:30 p.m. Friday, March 28 in Cisco.