The Charlotte Trojans blanked the Eagles 10-0 over five innings and then the Karnes City Badgers banged out a 9-3 win.
The Eagles traveled to Charlotte last Tuesday for the game with the Trojans. It was close over the first four innings. Charlotte jumped in front by two at the end of the first inning, but the Eagle staff held the game close. It was still 2-0 going into the fourth.
The Eagles failed to score in the top of the inning but the Trojans had one runner cross the plate for a 3-0 lead.
The offensive explosion came in the bottom of the fifth. The Trojans brought out the big bats and scored seven runs in to end the game on the 10-run rule.
Ryan Beck took the loss on the mound for the Eagles to even his season record at 2-2. Aaron Escamilla, Robert Hudson, James Constante and Ulises Juarez all banged out hits for Pettus in the loss.
Thursday’s contest with Karnes City was during the opening round of the Refugio tournament. The Badgers failed to score in the first but then put up one run in the second, three in the third, one in the fourth and two runs each in the bottom of the fifth and sixth innings to pull away from the Eagles.
Pettus scored two in the third inning to lead briefly, 2-1. The Eagles could not sustain their offense and went scoreless until the top of the seventh when they added their final run of the contest. It was a 9-3 final with the Badgers capturing the win.
Escamilla and Hunter Tomlin had one hit apiece in the loss. Beck went 2-4 at the plate with one RBI. Tim Gill had three hits in four trips to the plate with one RBI. Tomlin took the loss on the mound for the 3-6 Eagles.
“I feel that we’re starting to show some improvement but we need to stay away from the big innings where we commit multiple errors, like the fifth inning of the Charlotte game for example. If we can stay focused for seven innings we’ll be all right,” said Eagle head coach Anthony Ramirez.
The Eagles played Skidmore-Tynan on Monday evening this week. Pettus will begin district play on March 27 with a visit to the Runge Yellowjackets.