ARANSAS PASS – The Skidmore-Tynan Bobcat varsity baseball team participated in the Panthers’ baseball tourney over the weekend. The Bobcats gained lots of playing time and came home with one victory in four games played.
Thursday’s contest was against the host Panthers. A few jitters and fielding miscues hurt the Bobcats in the 6-2 loss. Five of the runs came across the plate in the first inning on four errors.
The rest of the game, the Bobcats played well, and TJ Amador continued to pitch well for the S-T boys. Amador finished with six K’s on the day.
“We just need to learn to start faster and play with as much intensity in the beginning of the game as we do in the end,” said head coach Nick Garza.
The first inning problems continued for the Bobcats in their second game of the tourney on Friday. Kingsville Academy scored eight runs in their first at-bats to take a comfortable lead over the Bobcats.
S-T rallied and the KA comfort quickly faded. The ’Cats finally caught the Lions and forced the game into extra innings. Another S-T error helped the Lions get the winning run home in the eighth for a 9-8 win over the Bobcats.
In their second game on Friday, the Bobcats defeated Woodsboro 8-5 to get their first and only win of the tournament. James Rodriguez got the win on the mound for the Bobcats and pitched a “stellar” game, according to coach Garza.
The offense of Marcus Sarate, Cameron Pace, Amador and Ryan Perez produced the runs with some good at-bats according to the coach.
On Saturday’s finals, the Bobcats were seeded in the game for third place in the tournament because of their outstanding run production and were placed in against the West Oso Bears.
The first inning woes again reared up and bit the Bobcats as the Bears rumpled across home plate five times to get a good jump on the S-T boys. The Bobcats fought back and trailed by just one, 5-4, in the bottom of the sixth.
With runners in scoring position on second and third with two outs, the West Oso third baseman turned in a fielding gem to snatch the win away from the S-T boys and close the game as a 5-4 loss for the Bobcats.
“The season is still young, and we’re making some routine mistakes. But, we are getting stronger and stronger with each outing, and our confidence seems to be building,” said Garza.