GLEN ROSE - Errors, walks and a late start with the bats plagued Hico in the school’s postseason baseball debut Friday.
Clifton took advantage of five Tiger errors and two runs forced home on bases loaded walks to build a 8-0 advantage on its way to a 9-4 win in game one of a best of three Class 2A Region II bi-district series Friday.
The loss dropped Hico to 12-9 overall in their first postseason appearance in the 10 year history of the school’s baseball program.
The teams met for game two (and three if necessary) on Saturday, also in Glen Rose. See the Monday edition of the E-T for complete results.
Clifton started the scoring early, posting runs in each of the first four innings.
The Cubs scored one in the first, two in the second and one in the third, before two Hico errors, two walks and a hit batsman helped them to break the game open with a four-run fourth.
The Tigers’ first hit didn’t come until the top of the fourth on a single by Jeremy Barnette. He was later stranded at third.
The Tigers finally got on the board in the fifth on a three-run shot over the wall in left-center field by junior short stop Cade Clemens.
Clemens’ shot was the highlight of the night for the Tigers on a night when big hits were too few and far between.
Hico added one last tally in the top of the seventh before Clifton held on for the game one win.
The winner of the series advances to meet District 10 champ Holliday in the area round.