HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL

With one spectacular inning, Rouse upends Glenn

The Raiders are a combined 33-2 in district play in the last three seasons

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For one incredible inning Tuesday night, Rouse couldn't miss.

The Raiders scored 17 runs in the fourth inning and beat Leander ISD rival Glenn 18-2 in five innings and stay perfect five games into the District 17-5A season.

"Early on in the season, there were struggles here and there," Rouse head coach Chad Krempin said. "We've got confidence, we've just got to be consistent with that. We're not a finished product by any means."

It wasn't sunshine and rainbows for the Raiders to start the game. Glenn scored in the second inning when Rylan Dunaway smacked a sharp single up the middle to drive in a run. Noah Saucedo follows that up with a sac fly. The Raiders are forced to change pitchers early.

But then it clicked.

Scoring in the top of the fourth inning started when Tanner Robbins laid down a bunt, but the ensuing throw went over the first baseman's head and two runs scored.

The next run scored on a wild pitch.

Rouse added another run on a fielder's choice before Connor Bennett, who came in to pitch for the Raiders after less than one inning, singled and drove in a couple more runs.

Another fielder's choice followed by back-to-back hits by Dalton Porter and Dylan Lewis brought the inning total up to nine runs. A bases-loaded walk pushed the single-frame total into double digits.

A single to right followed by a double to center added three more runs to the scoreboard.

The Raiders first out of the inning came in the next at-bat, but another run still scored on a sac fly to left field. That was soon followed by the second out of the inning, but another run scored on a pop to the right side, mercifully the last run of the inning.

"I told them before that inning that we weren't playing the style we're used to," Krempin said. "We did some silly things with our approaches at the plate. It just seemed like they came out a little over hyped and pressing."

Since Krempin took over as head coach before the 2017 season, Rouse is a combined 33-2 in district play with one district title and a district runner up.

But this year's squad is very different from those of the last two years. The Raiders lost double-digit seniors after last season, and while this current team doesn't seem as deep or as talented, they're still young and learning how to play together.

The Raiders and Grizzlies have a rematch Friday night at 7 p.m. at Rouse, when Texas commit Jared Southard is expected to toe the rubber for Rouse.

Krempin said the biggest things he wants the team to focus on going forward is defensive play in the outfield and being more consistent deep in the lineup.

"Some of them had to figure out how to be varsity baseball players and figure out varsity pitching," Krempin said. "They fight for every game and have each other's back. They're playing within themselves and getting some of the concepts. I like the way these guys are playing."

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