“It was a tough one. We came out a little flat,” said Beeville manager Johnny Gonzales.
The local boys went through their tournament undefeated, and it was a combination of timely hitting and some good pitching that pulled the squad into a District championship series against Refugio. That series began on Sunday.
In Friday’s game, the Beeville boys struck for a single run in the first as Joaquin Garza led off with the first of three consecutive singles. Lauro Garcia followed with a single up the middle, and then Derek Castillo stroked a base hit to plate Garza with the first run of the game.
The two teams went scoreless over the next two innings, but the young Longhorns scrapped together three hits and a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the third to plate three runs against the Beeville boys. It was 3-1 George West heading into the fourth.
Beeville loaded the bases on a walk to Seth Gomez to lead off the fourth frame. An infield hit from Brandon Reyna and a base knock from Anthony Peña filled the sacks. The George West defense held strong and got two outs without a run scoring, but Domingo Maturey earned a bases-loaded walk for an RBI to edge the Beeville boys closer at 3-2. A fielder’s choice off the bat of Garza closed the inning.
Seth Gomez started on the mound for Beeville and was relieved in the third by Peña. He got into trouble in the bottom of the fourth but pitched his way out and refused to let the Longhorns score. It was still a 3-2 GW lead as the game went to the fifth.
The local stars regained the lead in the top of the fifth with a three-run outburst. A one-out bloop single by Castillo got the boys going. Gomez followed with a hard-hit double to put runners at second and third for Beeville with Eric Valdez Jr. coming to the plate. Valdez blasted another double to knock in the two runners. Valdez gave way to pinch runner Logan Kimbrough, and one out later, a single by Jesse Ramirez brought Kimbrough across the plate for a 5-3 lead.
Valdez came in to close things out on the mound for Beeville in the fifth and sixth stanzas. His overpowering fastball helped mow down the George West batters in order in both frames to secure the 5-3 victory. Valdez struck out three of the six batters he faced.
The win kept the Beeville boys undefeated through the Zone A tournament, and they now await the Zone B winner of District 29 to see who advances to the sectional tournament to be held this week, again in George West.