The No. 8 McLennan Highlanders swept the North Central Texas Lions Wednesday at Bosque River Ballpark.
McLennan needed a couple extra innings to defeat North Central 2-1 in the opening game with Daniel Cole picking up with win for the Highlanders.
The Highlanders' first run came in the bottom of the second as Grant Miller walked, stole second and came around to score on an error by the NCTC leftfielder.
The Lions tied the game with a run in the top of the seventh as David Reyna reached first on an error, advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Nick Tamez, and scored on a double by Dalton Davies.
It was all McLennan in the nightcap as the Highlanders run-ruled the Lions 13-3 in five innings.
The Highlanders scored three runs in the bottom of the second inning. Thomas Santos drew a walk and scored on a triple by Griffin Paxton. Thornquist followed with a single to score Paxton. Brooks Embry and Callil both singled to load the bases. Thornquist then scored on a sacrifice fly by Neuse.
McLennan added five runs in the third inning. Josh Breaux and Keaton Milford both singled, and Santos was safe on an error, loading the bases. Mitchell Caskey singled to score Breaux. Embry then singled to score Milford and Santos. Caskey and Embry both advanced a base on an overthrow and scored on an error that put Neuse on first.
All three of NCTC's runs scored in the top of the fourth. Cesar Gomez walked and Jonathan Arrieta singled. Reyna followed with a single to score Gomez and Davies singled. A Highlander error brought Arrieta and Reyna in to score.
The Highlanders rounded out the scoring with five runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. Breaux, Milford and Santos walked to load the bases. Thornquist singled to score Breaux, and Embry doubled, scoring Milford and Santos. A sacrifice fly by Callil scored Thornquist. Embry then scored on a single by Neuse.
McLennan 2, North Central 1
North Central 000 000 100 – 1 5 3
McLennan 010 000 001 – 2 7 3
Kade Morris, Ojani Chacon (5) and Dalton Davies. Alex DeLeon, Daniel Cole (7) and Josh Breaux. WP: Cole; LP: Chacon. Leading hitters – North Central: Dalton Davies 1-3, 2B, RBI); McLennan: George Callil (2-4) and Nick Thornquist (1-2, 2B). Record: McLennan 26-8 (11-2).
McLennan 13, North Central 3
North Central 000 30 – 3 6 2
McLennan 035 5x – 13 11 2
Will Reynaud, Mason Moskowicz (4), Eric Anfin (4) and Dalton Davies. Shane Daughety and Nick Thornquist. WP: Daughety; LP: Reynaud. Leading hitters – North Central: Jonathan Arrieta (2-3) and Davie Reyna (1-2, RBI); McLennan: Dylan Neuse (1-3, 4 RBI), Griffin Paxton (1-1, 3B, RBI), Nick Thornquist (2-3, 2 RBI), Brooks Embry (3-3, 2B, 4 RBI), George Callil (1-2, RBI) and Mitchell Caskey (1-2, RBI). Record: McLennan 27-8 (12-2).