Tyler Anderle cleaned up the garbage to save the Muenster Hornets.
Relieving Muenster starting pitcher Blayne Styles in the bottom of the seventh inning with no outs and the Trenton Tigers threatening with two on and down just 6-4, Anderle induced a ground ball double play and struck out the final batter to give the Hornets a 6-5 victory in Game 1 of a Class A Region II bi-district game Thursday in Krum.
Muenster (16-9) scored all six runs in the first two innings and held a 6-0 lead until the third inning when Trenton began to chip away at the lead.
Styles pitched well through four innings before getting into trouble in the fifth, allowing three earned runs to give the Tigers a fighting chance.
In all, Styles pitched six innings, gave up five runs and struck out six to pick up the victory.
Muenster plucked two runs out from under the Tigers in the top of the first inning.
Jason Luke singled to center to lead off the game, then stole second and reached third on an error. He eventually scored on a ground out by Blake Voth for a 1-0 lead.
Andy Flusche later reached on an error by the Trenton infield, then his courtesy runner Steven Flusche advanced to second on a balk by pitcher Slater Stone. Styles then came up to the plate and put the ball in play, which allowed the courtesy runner to score after another error. Muenster led 2-0.
Trenton threatened in the bottom half of the inning, loading the bases, only to squander the scoring opportunity.
In the second, Muenster piled on its final four runs thanks to an RBI double by Chase Hammer that scored Garrett Hanes, Luke later grounded out, which plated Hanes to give Muenster a 4-0 advantage.
The final two runs of the inning came on an RBI base hit by Trevor Hess, who later scored on another infield error to take a 6-0 lead.
The Tigers got on the board in the third on an RBI groundout by Wyatt Beezley to cut into the deficit, trailing 6-1.
Trenton (21-11) tacked on three runs in the fifth inning thanks to an RBI double by Stone, an RBI sacrifice fly to left field by Bailey Burks and an RBI single from Beezley. The Tigers final run in the seventh came on a double play.
For Muenster, Luke, Hess, Voth, Andy Flusche and Hammer all had hits for the Hornets who will play Game 2 of the best-of-three series today beginning at 4:30 p.m., also in Krum.
Game 3 will be played 30 minutes after the conclusion of Game 2, if necessary. Muenster leads the series 1-0.