“The difference in the game was Falls City’s pitching. They shut us down most of the game and we weren’t able to string hits together to produce a big offensive inning,” said Pettus head coach Anthony Ramirez.
“I told the team that we played well, but Falls City was a little better than we were tonight.”
The Beavers broke open a scoreless contest with two runs in the bottom of the second off Eagle starter Aaron Escamilla. A two-out rally that started with a walk, a single and then a bases-clearing triple got the Beavers in front 2-0.
Fall City padded its lead with another two-run outburst in the fourth to make it 4-0.
The Eagles pushed across one run in the fifth as Anthony Camden stroked a leadoff single. Taylor Yeoman moved him to third with another Eagle base hit. Camden then scored on a Falls City passed ball. The Beavers got a double play after Tim Gill walked and then an inning-ending ground ball to stop the Eagle rally.
Robert Hudson went 1-3 at the plate on the night as did Hunter Tomlin, Camden and Yeoman.
Escamilla went the distance on the mound for the Eagles. He gave up three walks and struck out six Beaver batters over his six innings of work.
“We have to keep our heads up because we still have another game to play; we just don’t know when and against whom yet. It’s now a waiting game for us,” Ramirez said.
“A win would’ve clinched a playoff spot for us but now we have to wait for the outcome of the Runge-Port Aransas game on Monday. A Runge win will give us third place and a first round series with Kingsville Academy. Should Port A win, we would have to have a playoff game for third place Tuesday.”
Editors note: The tie for third came about but a tie-breaking rule in the district minutes put the Port Aransas Marlins into the playoffs on points (run differential). The two teams split their season series, but the Marlins defeated the Eagles by six runs in Port Aransas while the Eagles defeated the Marlins by just one run in Pettus.