Apaches still searching for consistency
The Gonzales Apaches picked up a victory as they went 1-2 in the Yoakum tournament over the weekend.
The Apaches started the tournament Friday against La Grange, who will be in their district starting next year, with a 12-0 loss.
“We faced La Grange’s No. 1 arm,” Apaches head coach Larry Wuthrich said. “He had 17 strikeouts and threw a no-hitter.”
The score was 2-0 going into the fifth innings and the Apaches allowed five unearned runs. Tyler Janota fell to 1-2 on the season.
The Apaches bounced back 9-6 against Austin Travis later in the day.
Tyler Morgan improved to 1-0 on the season after relieving Joe Ryan Carrizales. Aaron Gaytan closed out the last two innings with four strikeouts and one hit.
At the plate, Devin Benes was 2-for-4 with a triple,Trey Lester was 2-for-2 and DJ Gonzales batted 1-for-2 with a triple.
“The bats came alive with seven hits,” Wuthrich said. “We managed to bunch some hits and produce big innings. Trey Lester had a big night and Tyler Kocian had a big RBI. It took three pitchers to complete the game, but that seems to be our identity right now.”
The Apaches lost to Needville, 13-2, in the consolation game.
“We had some of the same old mistakes rear their ugly head,” Wuthrich said. “Gaytan pitched well. We just had too many mistakes in defense.”
“Baseball rewards consistenecy and right now we are struggling with that. We did have some people hit the ball hard this weekend. Devin, Tyler Morgan and Trey Lester had good games.”
Janota was named to the All-Tournament team.
The Apaches fell to Yoakum, 9-2, Monday night to open district.
Both teams plated one run in the third inning, but The Bulldogs blew the game open with six runs in the fifth. Gonzales got a run in the sixth inning and Yoakum scored twice in the seventh inning. Yoakum outhit Gonzales 7-4.
Janota took the loss for Gonzales with seven runs on seven hits, one walk and 11 strikeouts in six innings.
•In other Yoakum Tournament action, Hallettsville opened their action with an 8-3 win over Austin Travis.
Reagan McAda (1-0) took the win for the Brahmas. Carson Schindler went 2-for-4 with two RBI, Will Wallace was 3-for-3, Nate Kowalik was 2-for-3 with two RBI and McAda was 2-for-4.
The Brahmas fell to La Grange, 8-2, Saturday. Wallace had a double and RBI, and McAda was 1-of-3. Chris Jones fell to 1-1.
Hallettsville defeated Weimar, 9-2, Saturday in the third-place game.
Kory Smith improved to 2-0 for the Brahmas. Marshall Hajek went 2-for-4 with two runs, Wallace was 3-for-4 with an RBI, Schindler hit 1-for-2 with a pair of runs and Braden Kahanek was 1-for-3 with two RBI.
Schindler and Wallace made the All-Tournament team.
• Karnes City defeated Nixon-Smiley, 22-3, in the Nixon tournament on Friday. Earlier in the day, Nixon dropped a close one to San Antonio Wolverines, 10-9.
The Mustangs fell to Kenedy, 13-3, in five innings. Kenedy led 5-2 after the first inning and 8-2 after two innings. Kenedy plated five more runs in the fourth and Nixon scored one run in the fifth.
Jaime Moreno started on the hill, giving up five runs on one hit and four walks. Raul Tovar pitched in relief, allowing eight runs on 10 hits with five strikeouts and two walks.
• The Luling Eagles won the Pettus Baseball Invitational this past weekend. They defeated Poth, 12-2, in the Championship game. The game was called after 5 innings due to the 10-run rule.
In earlier tournament action, the Eagles defeated Jourdanton, 3-2, and Runge by a score of 10-0. After the Championship game, Trayden Staton and Zach Lawton were named All Tournament. In a unanimous vote by the team, the entire team accepted MVP honors making it a team award rather than an individual honor.
Earlier in the week, the Eagles traveled to Johnson City to play the defending Class 1A champions. The Eagles left town with a 6-0 win.
During the first week of tournament play, the Eagles claimed 2nd place in the inaugural James Montgomery-Progress Drilling Baseball Classic in Luling. The Eagles went 4-2 in the tournament, where they played Hallettsville, Shiner, and Lytle two games each in the tournament.
They defeated Lytle by the scores of 14-1 and 3-1. The Eagles defeated Shiner, 5-3, and tied them, 3-3, in an extra inning classic. The game was stopped due to the tournament’s two-hour time limit. The Eagles held the advantage in the tie breaker rules and claimed a victory.
Hallettsville defeated the Eagles by scores of 12-4 and 20-3.
Luling players Ryan Larison, Brett Eckles, Byron Martin, and Marc Magallanez were chosen as All Tournament selections.
The Eagles overall record through two weeks of play is 9-2. The team has had multiple players step up and produce big games. Leading the way has been the pitching of Martin (3-0, 1.17 ERA), Eckles (2-0, 0.82 ERA), Magallanez (2-0, 0.00 ERA), Larison (1-0, 1.00 ERA) and Anthony Perales (1-1, 3.32 ERA).
Offensively, the Eagles were led by Martin (.433, 11 runs), Larison (.407, 10 RBI), Zach Lawton (.333, 3 RBI), Eckles (.310, 12 runs) and Staton (.286, seven RBI).
The Eagles have two weeks before district play begins. On Thursday, they open tournament play in the Jimmy Appelt Tournament in Hallettsville. They play Gonzales at 12:30 p.m. and Shiner at 3 p.m. They will then play on Saturday with time and opponent to be determined by the seeding of Thursday’s pool play.
The Eagle junior varsity team has had a successful start. They hold a 4-3 record and brought home a 2nd place trophy in the Hallettsville JV Tournament.
• The Flatonia baseball team fell to St. Paul, 13-4, on Friday in the Sacred Heart Tournament. The Bulldogs fell to Victoria St. Joseph, 9-6, Saturday in the tournament championship.
Zane Ponder took the loss for the Bulldogs.
Sacred Heart edged Flatonia, 4-3, on Tuesday. Cade Brewer picked up the win for the Indians.
Casey Mueller went 1-for-2, Brewer was 1-for-3 with a double, and Michael Zaruba hit 1-for-3.
Jose Cedillo took the loss for Flatonia. Colby Mica went 1-for-3, Josh Velasquez batted 1-for-2 and Will Bruns went 1-for-4.
• The Cuero Gobblers won two and tied two last weekend in the Comal County Classic in New Braunfels and Spring Branch.
Cuero pounded Del Valle, 11-0, with Clint Davis picking up the win for the Gobblers.
Davis was 2-for-3 with a double, Logan Goebel was 1-for-3 with a triple, while Dustin Ohrt and Austin Johnson both hit 2-for-3.
Cuero tied Seguin, 3-3, later in the day. The Gobblers edged Austin St. Michael, 3-2. Brayden Sievers picked up the win for Cuero and hit 2-for-3 with the game-winning RBI after Levi Jones (1-for-2) got the game-tying RBI.
Cuero worked to a 9-9 tie with Boerne. Ohrt hit 2-for-3 with an RBI; and Davis was 3-for-3 with a double, triple, two runs and two RBI.
•Hallettsville edged East Bernard, 6-5, Tuesday to even its district record at 1-1 (8-2 overall).
Schindler took the win for the Brahmas. Wallace was 2-for-4, Kahanek hit 2-for-4 and McAda went 1-for-2 with two RBI.