A rally fueled by five straight, one-out walks helped the Trojans score five runs in the bottom of the final inning to capture a 10-9 victory over the visiting Orange Grove Bulldogs.
“We made a lot of mistakes but we did not those mistakes to take us out of the game. We stayed positive throughout the struggles,” said Trojan head coach Lamont Mayberry.
“To be down by four runs in the last inning and to come back and win, I believe shows character and mental toughness.”
The Bulldogs held the upper hand most of the night. The visitors scored two runs in both the first and second innings to jump out to a 4-0 lead.
Trojan starter Ted Christensen settled and shut out the Bulldogs over the next three innings to allow the Trojans to get back in the contest. Beeville scored their first two runs in the bottom of the fourth and followed that up with a single run in the home half of the fifth. The Trojans were back in the game, down by just one run at 4-3 entering the top of the sixth.
The Bulldogs got two runs in the sixth but the Trojans matched their production in the bottom of the inning to keep the Bulldogs in sight at 6-5.
The seventh and final inning was wild. The Trojans allowed three Bulldogs to cross the plate on no hits, two walks, a couple of errors and a hit batsman. Orange Grove welcomed the assistance and took a 9-5 lead into the bottom of the seventh.
The Trojans opened their last frame with a strikeout but things then started to go bad for the OG pitching staff. Five straight walks were issued to score one run. Two straight infield errors produced a couple more runs to make it a 9-8 game with just one out.
A fielder’s choice cut down one runner at the plate to get the Bulldogs within one out of ending the contest. Chris Parker then made contact and another Bulldog error on the play scored the tying run for the Beeville boys. Macario Gonzales then stepped to the plate for the Trojans. He tapped a slow roller to second and it looked to be an easy chance for the OG fielder. The ball glanced off his glove though, and Gonzales beat the delayed throw to first. Parker scored from third on the play and the Trojan comeback was complete. Beeville captured a 10-9 victory. All five runs came in without a hit.
Christensen had two hits on the night, including a triple in the fifth inning. Parker had one single and a sacrifice fly for two RBI’s. Robby Horton also connected for a base knock. Cody Johnson had one hit in two official trips to the plate. Matt Botello contributed a double and a single in the contest.
Christensen went five full innings on the mound with Eric Soza coming on in relief over the final two innings and he picked up the win for the Trojans.
The Trojan varsity is competing in the Poteet tournament this weekend.