Kam Kelton’s two-run blast helped boost Stony Point into the playoff driver’s seat.
The Tigers’ third baseman hit his second home run of the season and Stony Point handed Round Rock its first district loss with an 8-3 win at home on Monday. The Tigers (7-3) are alone in second place in District 13-6A.
“I just told the kids to go out and compete and give it all they had,” Stony Point head coach Brandon Creek said. “Round Rock always has a good program and competes well. But our guys like to compete too.”
Carter Poulson pitched 6.1 innings for Stony Point. Kelton finished with three RBIs after driving in another run in the seventh inning.
Jared McKenzie finished with one RBI and scored a run for Round Rock.
The loss snapped a nine-game winning streak for the Dragons. But playing from behind is nothing new after playing more than 10 teams ranked in the top 20 in the state before district play started.
“We’ve been hit in the mouth a couple of times this year,” Round Rock head coach John Carter said. “(Stony Point) had their best guy back on the mound today. They came out and swing the bat and played with a lot of confidence.”
The Dragons aren’t letting the loss affect how they approach the rest of the season. Instead, they’re adopting a, “So what? Next pitch” mentality for when they take the field next.
“We’ve got to live in the moment,” Carter said. “We know how to bounce back. The kids are going to come back and give their best tomorrow and they can’t control anything other than giving their best. We’re resilient.”
Stony Point scored four runs on five hits and Round Rock committed two errors in the first inning. The Dragons got on the board in the second after a couple of walked.
Kelton blasted his two-run home run over the left field wall to extend the Tigers’ lead in the bottom half of the inning. The Blinn College signee is batting over .500 this season with a pair of home runs.
“Our approach at the plate is to be aggressive early,” Creek said. “Kam swung it well and he’s been swinging it well all year. That home run was a big shot for us.”
McKenzie drove in a run and scored on a fielder’s choice in the third inning and Round Rock cut the lead in half.
Poulson got out of a bases-loaded jam in the fifth inning and Isaac Carlin and Kelton each drove in a run in the six to add to the Tigers’ lead and give them some momentum for the final few weeks of the season.
Round Rock travels to meet Cedar Ridge on Tuesday, hosts the Raiders on Friday and Hendrickson on Saturday. Stony Point hosts McNeil on Tuesday before traveling to face the Mavericks on Friday and Westwood on Saturday.
“We talked about (Poulson) pitching tonight or tomorrow and he told me he wanted the ball today,” Creek said. “We’ll come back and our rotation will be back to what it was to start district. We’ll be good to go.”