The Cleburne Yellow Jackets rolled to an 11-1 victory over Terrell on Thursday night at Yellow Jacket Field to win Game 1 of the best-of-three bidistrict playoff series.
Game 2 is set for 7 p.m. Friday at Terrell High School where the Jackets will send Ty Taylor to the mound to try and finish off the sweep.
The win on Thursday night was the 400th in head coach Ross Taylor's 19-year career, and the victory was celebrated with an ice-water dousing along with the presentation of a commemorative plaque and cake afterwards.
Taylor said at least one part of the postgame celebration took him by surprise.
"I didn't think they'd get me out there," Taylor said, dripping. "I looked over and I thought, 'Where's the cooler? Are they not even going to let us get a drink after the game?'"
The game started slow for Cleburne as Terrell pitcher Jeremy Ringo retired the Jacket lineup in order.
Terrell took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second as Ringo led the inning off with a triple that traveled all the way to the wall, and he was driven in by Austin Sullivan.
But that was all the success Ringo would have in the game as the contest began to spiral out of his control.
In the bottom of the second frame, Cleburne put up three runs, and Dustin Torres drove in two of those with a one-out double.
Tanner Marshall and Max Reynolds scored on the hit to give the Jackets the early lead.
Taylor scored on a passed ball in the third inning to stretch Cleburne's lead to 4-1, and the Jackets added another run in the fifth inning when German Hernandez doubled to score Jose Martinez, who ran for Conner Marshall.
Taylor said that while the defensive effort wasn't the strongest of the season for the Jackets, Cleburne made the plays it had to when needed.
"I thought we got better as the game went on," Taylor said. "Scotty [Diduch] made some mistakes over the plate early, but I thought he settled down and we made some plays.
"I would like to see us play a complete game. There were some big hits for us, and I'm happy with the win. But we've got to go get another one."
In the bottom of the sixth inning, Reynolds singled to lead off the frame and Torres was hit by a pitch to put runners at first and second with no outs.
Connor Martyniuk and Hector Juarez both drew walks which brought in Reynolds, and Walls was then hit by a pitch to score Torres.
Taylor followed with a double that scored Martyniuk and Juarez, and after Conner Marshall grounded out to third, Hernandez ended the game with a double that scored Walls and Taylor.