By Tyler Tyre
The Tigers were unable to come away with a victory on their senior night, falling to Brownfield by a score of 17-4 to end Slaton’s season.
For first year Head Coach Dilon Chancellor, this senior class meant a lot, as this was his first group of seniors to see go since returning to take the reins of his hometown program.
“This senior class is a good bunch of kids, and I hate it for them that this season ended the way that it did. They deserved to go out with a victory today, but we weren’t able to get that,” Chancellor said.” “I hope nothing but the best for those seniors, whether that is to further their education or something else.”
Brownfield jumped out with strong bats in the first inning and took a four run lead.
The Tigers looked poised to battle back after placing a man on third in the bottom of the inning, but were unable to advance the runner home.
The Cubs tacked on six more runs over the course of the second and third innings to increase their lead to ten.
The Tigers responded with a run of their own in the bottom of the third, courtesy of a Ty Kinch RBI single, making the game 10-1.
“It’s always tough on a group when a new coach is brought in and the players have to buy into something new. There were some struggles early on with that, but here towards the end of the season this senior group really tried hard and pushed the younger classes to buy in and showed the younger guys the way we do things here,”
Chancellor said. “I appreciate that from them and that is going to help with these younger classes moving forward.”
Both teams were held scoreless in both the fourth and fifth innings before the teams traded runs in the sixth to make the game 11-2 in Brownfield’s favor. The Cubs then added six runs in the seventh, with the Tigers only being able to claw across two runs in the bottom of the inning to end the game.
“We set goals for ourselves at the beginning of the year and we didn’t meet those expectations,” Chancellor admitted. “We have to figure out a way to put the pieces together and get this thing back on track going forward.”
With the loss, the Tigers dropped to a 3-10 District record and end the season in a tie for sixth place in District with Littlefield.
“I’m just grateful for the opportunity to be back home and coach in the same program that I grew up in,” Chancellor said. “I feel like this is where I need to be, and we are going to get this team back on track. It’s been a tough first year, and that’s usually how it goes, but our goal is to win every season. We didn’t do that this time around, but we are going to get closer to that goal every single year.”
After the game, Chancellor wanted to make one thing clear to his seniors.
“I just want these seniors to know that they will always have somebody to call if they ever need anything. I’ll always be there for those guys.”