George West lost the first game of the match-up (8-2), but made a comeback during Saturday’s doubleheader,winning game two 5-0 and game three 10-5 in eight innings.
Game one was pitched by junior Derek Cantu for the first five innings, followed by junior Enrique Nieto for two innings and by senior Chris Ruiz threw the final inning for the Longhorns.
Saturday’s game one was played in scorching 90 degree heat and was the start of the Longhorn comeback.
Senior Tyler Townsend pitched a 5-0 shutout for the win. Head coach Chuck Pawelek said Townsend gave up only five hits and struck out seven Brahma batters. to improve his record on the season to 11-1. Standout offensive players of game two included Bobby Torres who had a triple that brought in two runs and Brady Jones went two for three and scored three runs for the ‘Horns.
Game three was another win for George West with Alex Suniga going six and a third innings before Townsend came in to finish it off for GW over the last couple of innings.
“Townsend pitched nine and two-thirds innings of shutout ball,” Pawelek said.
The stand out players for game three according to Pawelek were Jones with a triple in the sixth that brought in the tying run. Other standouts included Derek Cantu, who went two for four with a double, Andrew Katzfey was one and four with a double and Jeff Hardwick was two for four with two single hits.
Defensive players had some “really good catches in the outfield” that helped George West to secure the win. Standouts included Lucas Barcak in right field, Calab Montgomery in center field and Brady Jones at shortstop.
Jeff Hardwick was the back-to-back catcher for Saturday’s double header.
When asked about Friday night’s game one loss, Pawelek blamed both nerves and the Stockdale pitcher.
“Only three boys had playoff experience,” he said. “There were nerves at the beginning of the game.”
Stockdale’s pitcher, who just signed with IWA on a pitching scholarship, was a little intimidating to the team according to the coach.
Saturday the Longhorns were back on their game with the Longhorn ace of the staff boosting moral and spirit with the shutout in game two.
“I am glad I saved Tyler (for game two),” Pawelek said.
He also said his teamed showed stamina.
“It seemed like in game three they ran out of gas and we didn’t,” he said.
The team will need to keep the gas going when they take on the Refugio Bobcats in the Area playoffs in a one game elimination on Friday at 7:30 p.m. at the Texas A&M Kingsville baseball field.
Refugio has a 24-0 record for this season and is ranked third in the state.
“We have nothing to loose and everything to gain,” Pawelek said. “It’s one game so anything can happen.”