Taft jumped on S-T starter Aaron Hughes for two runs in the top of the first to take the early lead. The Greyhounds scored two more runs in the third and the fifth and it was a 6-0 game.
Taft produced the runs on a smattering of extra base hits, just out of the reach of the Bobcat outfielders. The main damage for the Bobcats occurred in the top of the sixth. A leadoff walk, a couple of S-T errors and a couple of singles produced four big runs for the ’Hounds and made it 10-0. The Bobcats needed at least one run in the home half of the sixth to put the game into the seventh inning.
After a ground out, James Rodriguez reached for the Bobcats on an infield hit, hustling down the line all the way. Rodriguez beat the throw for the Cats’ second base hit of the game off the Taft hurler, Jonathan Moreno.
Rodriguez was stranded at first as Moreno got the final two outs to earn the 10-run rule win.
Moreno allowed a third inning base hit off the bat of center fielder Sal Soto, limiting the Bobcats to the two base hits over his six innings of work. The Bobcats did make contact and put the play in play as Moreno struck out just four S-T batters.
“Everything we hit was right at someone while Taft hit the ball and found the open hole,” said Bobcat coach James Staneck.
“Our defense improved, but we still have a long way to go.”
The S-T boys committed three errors in the contest.
Hughes went five and two-thirds innings to get the loss. Rodriguez came in to relieve the tall right-hander and got the final out of the Taft sixth.
The Bobcats were in Banquete on Friday night and will host the George West Longhorns on Tuesday night.