The game was a pitching duel in the beginning, but as the night wore on, the bats came alive for both teams, and a couple of big innings spelled the difference for the Beeville sluggers.
Bryan Reyna started on the mound for the Beeville boys and allowed just one Taft unearned run over four innings of work. The Greyhounds got their run in the bottom of the first on a leadoff infield hit. A stolen base and a passed ball got that runner to third, and then an attempted pick-off play went awry to plate the Taft runner.
The Beeville boys failed to score in the first two frames but tied things up in the top of the third.
Jonathan Carrillo led off the inning with a single to left, and A.J. Gomez followed suit with another single to left to put two runners on base for Beeville. R.A. Barrientes followed an out later with the third base hit of the inning to load the bases. Justin Gomez then bunted the ball and, on a throwing error by the Taft pitcher, Carrillo scampered home to make it a 1-1 game.
Beeville took the lead in the fourth as Matthew Guerra led off with a walk. Jacob Castro stroked a single to right. One out later, Gomez came through with an RBI single to give the local boys a 2-1 lead.
The Beeville All-Stars increased their lead in the top of the fifth with a three-run explosion. A couple of Taft errors put two men on base (Justin Gomez and Reyna). Two passed balls and a wild pitch brought in one run. Orlando Martinez worked his way on with a walk and another walk to Castro loaded the bases. Carrillo earned a free pass and an RBI to plate another Beeville run. A couple of passed balls and a wild pitch brought in the third run of the frame to give them a 5-1 lead heading into the bottom of the fifth.
Taft evened the score with a four-run fifth. A couple of walks, a couple of infield hits and a Beeville error allowed the Greyhounds to get back in the game.
It was 5-5 with just a couple of innings left in the contest.
R.A. Barrientes led off the sixth with a walk. He promptly stole second to get into scoring position. Justin Gomez also walked to put two men on base for Beeville. A fielder’s choice off the bat of Reyna placed runners at first and third, forcing Gomez at second for the first out of the inning. Edward Maldonado got a bunt down, and the play to get him at first brought home one run to take a 6-5 lead. Paul Wessels then capped off the inning with an insurance run. His RBI single to center drove in Reyna to give Beeville a 7-5 advantage.
Castro came on in relief for the local stars in the bottom of the sixth. He retired the first Taft batter on a pop-up, then gave up a double but left that runner stranded as he buckled down and struck out the next batter. Castro got the final out on a fly ball to center.
In the bottom of the seventh, Castro set the Taft bats down in order to preserve the 7-5 victory.
The win sent the Beeville Junior boys into the second round of the tournament against Banquete on Sunday. No details of that contest have been reported.