“This game was a game we looked at as a playoff game. Win, and we continue playing; if we lose, our season is over,” said Trojan head coach Tom Carrera.
The Warriors jumped to an early 4-1 lead after the first inning. Trojan starter Clay Blackwell then settled in and shut down the Warrior bats over the next three innings.
The Trojans cut one run off the deficit in the top of the fifth to get within two at 4-2. The Warrior bats came alive again in the fifth, and the home team plated three more runs to keep the Trojans at bay. It was a 7-2 ball game.
The Beeville boys put together their best rally of the game in the sixth. Three Trojans came across the plate to keep the Warriors in sight at 7-5 with one and a half innings yet to be played.
The West Warriors added a single insurance run in their half of the sixth to post an 8-5 score. The Trojans could not score in the top of the seventh as the Warriors made it an 8-5 final victory.
“It was a great game; our players played like the playoff team they are capable of being. We got excellent pitching by Clay Blackwell and, at times, timely hitting,” Carrera said.
Michael Rosas led the JHS team at the plate with three hits in four trips. Rosas also scored one run and had two RBI’s on the night. Brody Benavides was 1-2 with a run, and he earned two free passes. Joe Rey Garza was hitless in his only official time at bat but worked the Warrior pitcher for two walks and contributed one run and one RBI. Cameron Kremers came up with a 1-3 night at the plate. Daniel Amador was 1-4 with two runs knocked in. Benji Gomez had one hit in four trips to the plate. Blackwell was 1-1 with one run scored. Maverick Martinez was 1-2 on the night.
Blackwell went five innings on the mound for the Trojans with three strikeouts and gave up 13 hits and seven runs. Gomez finished the night, pitching the sixth frame. Gomez allowed one run and one hit in his one inning stint of relief work.
“I am real proud of the character that the team played with tonight. It’s a tribute to the seniors for their leadership and example of a never-die attitude,” Carrera said.
The season finale will be this Friday night. The Trojans travel back to Victoria to tangle with the East Titans.