The two teams squared off in the first round of the District 29, Zone II double elimination tournament being hosted by the Beeville Little League.
“It was a decisive win. Our pitching shut them down. I am real proud of the boys,” said Beeville manager Bobby Del Bosque.
Beeville hurlers Carlos Escamilla and Seth Gomez combined to blank the Longhorn team on no hits, and the duo recorded 13 strikeouts on the night in the six-inning contest.
Beeville struck for a first inning run as Escamilla singled with two outs but made it all the way to third as the ball bounced away from the GW right fielder. Escamilla scored on a wild pitch that made it a 1-0 ball game, and the one run was all the Beeville hurlers would need to secure a victory.
The game was 2-0 through two innings as another two-out rally by Beeville produced a run. Cole Terry rapped a single and then took advantage of a couple of wild pitches and a passed ball to make it across the plate.
The third inning went by with neither team scoring, but the Beeville bats got a little help with two straight walks to lead off the bottom of the fourth. Nathan Treviño led off with a free pass, and then Derek Castillo worked the GW hurler for another walk. Both runners advanced on a wild pitch to get into scoring position at second and third.
Terry then drove home both runners with his second single to make it a 4-0 ball game through four complete innings.
The GW boys had a short possible rally going in the top of the fifth as pitcher Escamilla hit the first batter and was then relieved by Seth Gomez on the hill. Minor Little League pitchers are allowed just 75 pitches, and Escamilla was nearing that total when he was relieved.
Gomez also hit the first batter he faced in the fifth to put two Longhorn runners on the bases with no outs. Gomez settled down and got the next three GW batters on strikes to end the threat and keep the game at 4-0 with the Beeville boys still in control.
The host team added an insurance run in the bottom of the fifth. Escamilla reached on an error after Jimmy Arguijo, who had walked to lead off the frame, was gunned out at third trying to steal a base.
Escamilla moved up to second on the play. Later in the inning, a passed ball brought the speedy Escamilla across the plate for a 5-0 lead.
Gomez put down the GW boys in order in the sixth to preserve the 5-0 win Beeville played Banquete, a 12-2 winner over Three Rivers in the first round, on Tuesday night.
“All the guys are working hard. We have some real battlers out there, and they came through for us,” said Del Bosque.
“We got some real strong pitching and some good catching tonight.”