The Bobcats (14-0, 6-0) pulled it off with a 6-2 win against Bishop (14-2-1, 6-0).
This South Texas marquee matchup also featured two of the top undefeated pitchers in the area. Travis Quintanilla (4-0, 76 Ks) was on the mound for the Bobcats against Joseph Rubio (4-0, 73 Ks) from Bishop.
“Coming in Rubio hadn’t allowed an earned run and had given up just 5 hits all season,” said coach Armando Huerta. “The Bobcats had their hands full but proved to be plenty ready for the contest.”
Chase Whetsel led off the game with a single and set the tone for a strong night at the plate by the Bobcats. Despite stranding four runners in the first 3 innings, the Cats continued to apply pressure on the Badgers.
Finally in the top of the fourth inning, the Cats erupted for 3 huge runs. Jared Contreras lead off with a single and was followed by a huge 2B to right center by John Wesley Shipp. Shiloh Whetsel then drove in the first 2 runs of the game with a single to left field.
Richard Tuttle drove in Whetsel later in the inning on a ground ball to second base.
On defense, the Bobcats looked sharp behind Quintanilla’s effort on the mound. In the second inning Quintanilla helped himself out of a bases loaded one out jam with a strike out and fly ball out.
Travis cruised for much of the rest of the night as Cameron Sternadel and Justin Padilla played lights out defensive at shortstop and second base.
Bishop’s only two runs of the game came in the bottom of the 6th inning with a walk followed by a Rubio triple then a sacrifice fly. Quintanilla finished the complete game win with 6 Ks and 3 scattered hits. He improves to (5-0).
“At the plate, the Bobcats continued to put the ball in play and force Bishop to make some plays,” Huerta said.
The pressure seemed to be too much for the Badgers as the Cats were able to scratch and claw a run every inning to put the game out of reach at 6-2.
Chase Whetsel had a double and Quintanilla had a huge RBI single to help push those runs across for Refugio.
With the win, the Bobcats are now in sole possession of first place in district 31-AA. Their record improves to (15-0, 7-0) and they remained ranked No. 4 in the state.
The second round of district play began last Friday in Odem.
“Again, thank you to all who support the Refugio Athletic Program,” Huerta said.