In Melissa’s district-opener at Bonham on Tuesday, March 20, the Cards built a big lead through five innings then survived the Warriors’ late five-run rally for a 10-6 win. Isaiah Segovia continued his hot streak at the plate for Melissa, going 3-for-5 with 3 RBIs while Adam Davis went 2-for-5 with a double. Sean Turnage smacked a triple and posted 2 RBIs for the Cards.

Melissa starter Krisjon Segleski worked six innings on the mound, allowing five hits and no walks while striking out five. Sam Crain came on in the seventh inning and permitted two hits with one strikeout and a walk. The Cards suffered three errors in that frame, aiding Bonham’s late push.

Three Warrior pitchers combined for eight strikeouts and 10 walks while giving up nine hits. Starter Cody Easley went 3.1 innings and allowed eight hits and six walks with five Ks. Easley also had a home run and teammate Aaron Shockley tallied a triple.

The Cards jumped out early with three runs in the first. After lead-off batter Bobby Houston was hit by a pitch then stole second, Segovia’s ensuing single to center field plated Melissa’s first run. Then, with one out, Davis’ single to the left side scored Segovia. A wild pitch and a walk led to a 3-0 Cards lead. Bonham answered in the bottom of the frame with Easley’s solo homer to left.

In the second, Melissa added two more runs — the first off a Segovia bunt that scored courtesy-runner Grayson Hurst from third; the second by Houston on a Warrior error with two outs. The Cards’ lead stretched to 7-1 in the third when Brady Morrison singled, Tyler Womack walked and Turnage’s three-bagger brought them both home. Later in that half-inning, after two more walks and with two outs, Segovia singled to center and Dillon Youngblood came home on the throw.

Up 8-1 to the start the fifth, Melissa loaded the bases on a walk and two Warrior errors. Then, with two outs, Morrison and Womack walked back-to-back on four pitches each and the Cards led, 10-1. Bonham pushed five runs across the plate in its final at-bat, assisted by Melissa miscues. Crain got the final two outs on a strikeout and a ground-out to Davis at first.