“We had several goals on the line,” Huerta said. “Undefeated home season, undefeated district championship, and winning 100 games.”
The Bobcats amassed 78 wins in the last four years. The Cats also wanted to preserve their No. 3 ranking.
“These kids have been here through all that, especially the seniors,” Huerta said. “So it’s a milestone, not just for me personally, but for this program.
The game drew the biggest crowd of the season — approximately 300.
“The game turned out to be highly competitive and great for spectators,” Huerta said.
The visiting Badgers quickly set the tone for the evening, scoring a run in the top of the first inning.
Travis Quintanilla gave up consecutive singles followed up by a defensive error for the lone run in the inning.
Refugio answered back off Bishop’s ace Joseph Rubio. Chase Whetsel led off with a walk and later scored on a John Wesley Shipp RBI fielders choice.
In the top of the second inning, the Badgers regained the lead with a home run. After the run, Huerta said Quintanilla pitched a dominate game.
The Badgers kept the lead until the bottom of the fifth inning when Tyler Castellano, a pinch runner for Jared Contreras, scored on an error off of Shiloh Whetsel’s bat.
Going into the sixth inning knotted in a 2-2 tie, the district title was on the line. Bishop lead off with a single and a sacrifice bunt to set up a potential go ahead run at second base.
Quintanilla would strike out the next batter and get a ground-out to finish the inning.
In the bottom of the sixth, the first two Bobcats reached base safely as Justin Padilla was walked and Colton Carroll was hit by a pitch.
The Cats were now threatening when Chase Whetsel delivered the decisive blow. Chase took a 1-1 pitch to the left-center gap scoring Padilla and Dante Leal, who was running for Carroll.
The runs put the Bobcats up 4-2.
Quintanilla would strike out two of the last three batters to seal the win for the Bobcats.
Quintanilla recorded 10 total K’s and pushed his record to 9-0 for the season. The sophomore pitcher threw 75 strikes of his 113 pitches.
After the crowd-thrilling victory, the Bobcats improved their record to 22-0, and 14-0 in district.
The district championship gives the Bobcats a 1st round bye in the AA state playoffs.
This is the Cats’ fifth consecutive playoff appearance and second district title in the last 3 years.
The Bobcats will face off with the winner of the George West and Stockdale match in the second round of the playoffs.
The Bobcats defeated George West earlier in the season in the Mathis Tournament Championship by a score of 6-1. The Cats also beat Stockdale in a double header, 8-4 and 12-1.
“Thank you to all who support the Refugio Athletic Program,” Huerta said.