The A&M Consolidated baseball team waltzed through district play, but the Tigers stumbled in their playoff opener against Round Rock on Thursday night.
Consol committed four errors and managed just three hits, allowing the Dragons to grab a 5-0 victory in the opener of their best-of-3, area-round playoff series at Tiger Field.
The series will shift to Round Rock for Game 2 at 7:30 p.m. Friday. If the Tigers win, Game 3 is set for noon Saturday at Round Rock.
Consol (21-8) went undefeated in District 13-5A and finished the regular season on a 16-game winning streak. But the Tigers didn't carry that success into the postseason, playing shoddy defense and getting shut out for the first time this year.
The Dragons (23-9-1) won their third straight postseason game after slipping into the playoffs as the third-place team from 15-5A.
Round Rock broke a scoreless tie with two unearned runs in the fourth inning. The Dragons scored without getting the ball out of the infield as Consol made two throwing errors, issued a walk, committed a balk and gave up a double-steal.
"I knew for us to be in it, we were going to have to play good defense," Consol coach Chase Mann said. "We can't give them five or six outs an inning and expect to win."
The Dragons added a run in the fifth, again without hitting the ball out of the infield.
Consol had just three hits - all two-out singles - against Round Rock pitcher Craig Fritsch, a Baylor signee. Fritsch (6-1) dominated the Tigers with a sharp-breaking curve ball, striking out eight.
The Tigers had a chance to score in the fourth inning after Fritsch walked the first two batters. But Fritsch struck out the next two batters, the first on a sacrifice bunt attempt.
Consol went 1 for 8 with runners in scoring position. Sophomore Wes Schill delivered the one hit when he lined a two-out single to the opposite field, but third base coach Mann stopped the lead runner at third out of respect for the throwing arm of Round Rock right fielder Daniel Meyer.
Fritsch enticed the next batter to bounce out, leaving the bases loaded.
"That was the difference," Mann said. "They took advantage of our mistakes, and we didn't take advantage of theirs."
Consol's other hits came from Lance Robinson and Philip Middleton.
Travis Lawler (5-3) pitched a complete game for the Tigers, allowing eight hits.
Round Rock 5, A&M Consolidated 0