In the opening round of the postseason tournament, the Beeville squad went up against a tough Mathis team. Both squads played good fundamental baseball which turned the game into a close contest.
The Beeville nine used some good defense, pitching and timely hitting to come away with a 3-1 victory on Friday over the Mathis boys.
Beeville broke open a scoreless battle in the top of the third with a single run. A one-out walk to Domingo Maturey started the rally. A couple of pitches later to Matthew Gomez, the speedy Maturey was on second base and in scoring position on a steal. Gomez came through with a RBI double that easily scored Maturey for the 1-0 Beeville lead.
Beeville hurler Jimmy Arguijo continued to blank the Mathis boys in the bottom half of the frame, and the Beeville boys added another single run in the top of the fourth. Matthew Perez singled and moved to second on a Mathis error. Perez moved over to third on another passed ball and scored on an attempted pick-off play on an errant throw by the Mathis catcher.
Mathis failed to score, and it was still 2-0 as the Mathis boys came to bat in the home half of the fifth. A leadoff walk and a wild pitch by reliever Maturey put a runner in scoring position. A sacrifice bunt moved the runner along to third base with just one out. An RBI single to right brought the Pirate runner across the plate to make it a one-run game at 2-1.
Gabriel Carranco was brought in to pitch for Beeville and got a strikeout for the second out and then induced a grounder to second for the third out to squelch the Mathis rally.
The Beeville bats added an insurance run in the top of the sixth as C.J. Arguijo opened with a single and was promptly brought home by a double off the bat of Perez.
Carranco allowed one Mathis base runner in the bottom of the sixth with one out. But the next two batters went down on strikes to preserve the Beeville win at 3-1.
On Saturday evening, the Beeville boys lost a close 3-2 decision to host George West. On Sunday, the Beeville bats came alive with a resounding 18-0 pounding of Three Rivers to stay alive and advance to a Monday night game. It will be the fourth game in four nights for the Beeville boys, a hard test for the depth of the Beeville pitching and resilience.