S-T Bobcats bounce Eagles in hardball
by Bruce Harper
Mar 01, 2014 | 113 views | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend | print
SKIDMORE – On Monday, the Bee County rivals, Pettus and Skidmore-Tynan, met on the baseball diamond for an early season confrontation. The Bobcats captured the win, 15-8, in the power-packed ball game.

The win improves the Bobcats’ record to 4-3 on the year. No stats have been made available for the Pettus Eagles.

TJ Amador started for the Bobcats and worked smoothly through the first three innings. The Eagles exploded for five big runs in the top of the fourth to chase Amador, and the ’Cats brought in Aaron Hughes to try and stem the Eagle rally. Hughes did just that, recording nine strikeouts in his three innings of work for head coach Nick Garza. Hughes gave up just one run over the three frames. Freshman James Rodriguez closed out the game on the mound with three big strikeouts.

The Cats’ pitching is becoming electric, according to the coach.

“The pitchers are starting to hit the spots on the mitt and really are throwing with a little more velocity than a few weeks ago,” said pitching coach James Stancheck.

A huge 10-run rally with two outs in the second inning put the Bobcats in front to stay.

“We’ve been working on being aggressive and being first pitch hitters. Seven of the nine starters scored and most scored multiple times,” said Garza.

“It was a great team win.”

Sal Soto and Cameron Pace each had one hit in the game while James Rodriguez, Marcus Sarate, Amador and Hughes all came through with three hits on the night. Andrew Casarez, Ryan Perez and Caleb Davis had two base hits in the win. Perez was the RBI leader with three runs batted in.

The S-T boys are playing in the Banquete/Bishop tournament this weekend and will begin district play on Tuesday when the Mathis Pirates come to Skidmore. The JV contest is scheduled for 5 p.m., and the varsity’s first pitch should be at 7 p.m.
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