Barbosa has every right to be proud. Her Junior Division girls all-star team just won the Section 4 tournament and will be in the state tournament in Seguin.
The win was a 6-1 victory over El Campo in the championship game.
“We got great hitting and some great defense tonight. The throw Lynissa Puente made from her knees was tremendous,” said manager Joel Barbosa.
In the top of the fifth, Puente knocked down a hard-hit ground ball and then from her knees, made the long throw from third base to just nip an El Campo runner. A big stretch from first baseman Anyssa Barbosa helped make the play.
“Anika (Barbosa) came on and did a great job finishing the game. She shut them down when she had to,” the manager said.
Barbosa came on in relief of starter Adriana Baltazar, who struggled with her control in the third. Barbosa came in with the bases loaded and just one out in the inning. She got the next two batters to pop up and keep the El Campo squad from scoring.
Beeville’s all-stars scored twice in the bottom of the first in answer to one El Campo run. Victoria Muñoz and Taylor Lawson both scored for Beeville to regain the lead, a lead they would never relinquish.
Amanda Gonzales reached first in the bottom of the second inning and promptly made her way to third on a stolen base and a passed ball. Anika Barbosa laid down a sacrifice squeeze bunt to plate Gonzales with Beeville’s third run of the game.
The teams kept things at 3-1 through the top of the fifth. The Beeville girls then added three big insurance runs in the home half of the fifth.
Anika Barbosa began the rally by getting on base, leading off the inning. A passed ball and a stolen base later, Barbosa was standing on third. Lawson singled her home from third to make it a 4-1 ball game.
The Junior girls weren’t finished as they loaded the bases with Anyssa Barbosa reaching on an error and Tristian Moore slapping an infield hit. Puente knocked in one more run with a sacrifice fly to center for a 5-1 lead. Then a walk to Krystal Cuellar again loaded the bases. After a brief El Campo timeout, the Junior girls pulled off a base-running gem to plate their final run of the game.
On the next pitch, Cuellar broke for second and stopped halfway. The El Campo defense threw back to first but Anyssa Barbosa broke for the plate from third as soon as the throw left the catcher’s hand. The relay back home was too late and the Beeville girls stole a run for their final run in the 6-1 victory.
“Our defense did their job tonight and we could not have done it without the great support from the Beeville fans,” said manager Barbosa after the game.
The win advances the Beeville Juniors into the state tournament that begins Saturday in Seguin. The Beeville girls play their first game at 8 p.m. against the Section 2 champion.