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Minor boys win Zone A title over George West
by Bruce Harper
Jul 12, 2011 | 842 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Minor boys hitter Eric Valdez Jr. gets brushed back by a pitch from the George West hurler in Tuesday night’s game. It did not intimidate him as on the next pitch...
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The Zone A minor boys from the Beeville Little League certainly have a flair for the dramatic. It took a two-out rally in the bottom of the final inning to secure a 15-14 win over host George West to claim the Zone A crown on Tuesday night.

“It was a great game and the boys stayed focused and stayed in the game. They are staying strong with their base running and their bats,” said manager Larry Castillo.

“We had some fielding errors, but the team rallied and was able to get the win.”

The win advances the Beeville boys to the District 29 championship series against Ingleside. It will be a best of three series, since both teams are presently undefeated.

The District 29 title series will be played in George West and began on Thursday night at 7 o’clock. Games will run through Saturday if necessary and all times are set for 7 p.m.

In Tuesday’s victory, the Longhorns scratched out one run in the top of the first to grab an early lead. But the Beeville boys responded with two runs of their own in the home half of the frame to take a 2-1 lead.

Both teams failed to score in the second, so it looked like it might be a pitcher’s duel... but that wasn’t going to happen. GW scored five runs in the top of the third to gain a 6-2 advantage; however, it was short-lived. Beeville came right back and regained the lead with a six-run outburst in the home half of the third to make it an 8-6 contest.

The GW boys came right back at Beeville and put across four more runs in the fourth to jump back out front 10-8.

The seesaw action continued as the Beeville bats tied things back up with two runs for a 10-10 stalemate with two innings left to play. The young Longhorns pushed across two more runs in the fifth to take the lead again, but they were quickly answered by the Beeville lads, as the score was once again knotted at 12.

It all came down to the sixth and final inning.

George West got two more runs on a walk and three singles, but the Beeville boys had the last at-bats. They started off well, with Eric Valdez Jr. rumbling around the bases on a triple to right field. The next batter also smoked the ball, but it was a line shot right at the GW third baseman who made the catch and then stepped on the bag at third for a quick double play.

Beeville was down to its last out and still needed two runs to tie and three to win. The GW pitcher accommodated the Beeville hitters by having a tough time finding the strike zone. Three straight walks were issued to the patient Beeville hitters, and that loaded the bases. GW still just needed one out to preserve the win.

Beeville’s next hitter, Domingo Maturey, rolled a hard shot to second that was misplayed. One run scored and everyone was safe on the bases. Seth Gomez then followed Maturey’s example and rolled another hard shot to second.

It was again bobbled and a throw to the plate was wild, one run scored, and then Wyatt Blackwell scored the winning run on another overthrow to seal the Beeville win.

“We had some good timely hits from EJ Valdez, Joaquin Garza, David Chapa and Jacob Hardwick. Wyatt Blackwell, Carlos Escamilla, and Derek Castillo shared the time on the mound and did a good job,” said Castillo.
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