After capturing the District 29 championship in George West less than a week before, Beeville dropped its first two games at the Texas East Section IV tournament and was eliminated.
“My boys played their hearts out and never gave up,” Jimmy Arguijo said. “It was an awesome experience overall.
“It’s been a long time since the major boys even got this far. We will start getting ready for next year.”
Beeville fell 11-0 to Lamar National in the first game on Friday and dropped an 18-2 four-inning decision to Hallettsville on Saturday.
Against District 18 champion Lamar, Beeville fell behind 2-0 after two innings and could never recover.
C.J. Arguijo worked his way out of a jam in the first, sitting down three straight after giving up a leadoff triple.
He wasn’t able to repeat that in the second, though.
Brandon Kostelnik led off the inning with a double and scored three batters later on a bloop single into right.
Lamar added another when Will Dolan drove in Cole Varni with an RBI single to left.
Beeville threatened in its half of the second when Matthew Perez and Matthew Gomez reached on a single and walk, respectively, to put runners at first and second with nobody out.
A fly out to center and back-to-back strikeouts ended the threat, though.
Lamar, meanwhile, tacked on three in the third, four in the fourth and two in the sixth to pull away.
Beeville advanced just two runners past first over the final four innings.
On Saturday, Beeville again fell behind early and never recovered against District 31 champion Hallettsville.
Hallettsville’s Ryan Schindler led off the first with a single and scored the go-ahead run shortly thereafter.
Hallettsville led 3-0 after one and never trailed. Hallettsville sent 12 batters to the plate in the second and scored nine runs to push the lead to 12-0.
The lead was out to 18-0 before Beeville scored a pair in the fourth.
Perez opened the inning with a walk and came around for his team’s first run. Felix Menchaca, whose single drove in Perez, scored Beeville’s second run.
Despite the losses, J. Arguijo was still upbeat about the season as a whole.
“It feels good to get a team that had four kids who had never played ball and be able to coach them along with assistant Lauro Garcia and make them into baseball players and take first play for Beeville Little League.”
He added that winning the district crown was special for him.
“It was something all coaches want and dream of, but working hard and doing it was all a team effort, coaches and kids. It was one team, one dream.
“They’re not only my team, but they’re our boys. We became one team, one unit. And believing in themselves is what took them a long way.”
Kevin J. Keller is the sports editor at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 343-5223, or at sports@mySouTex.com.