After two weeks of scrimmages against San Diego, Pearsall, Taft, and Skidmore the team look poised to start the season off right against Refugio’s JV team last Monday. However, the error bug got a hold of the Longhorns who had played relatively error free baseball in the scrimmages leading up to their first contest of the year, and hitting went cold.
The combination of not being able to hit, and giving the Bobcats extra outs to work with due to errors led to a 1 to 14 loss to open the season. Several Longhorns had great games. Caleb Montgomery and Trey Preece both with 1 for 2 at the plate, and Montgomery’s single scored Tyler Townsend from third that had previously drawn a walk earlier in the inning.
Micheal Marlar and Colton Guerrero both had an excellent day defensively. “The lopsided score does not portray just how hard these young men fought all game long. It could have been real easy for them to shut it down when bad things started happening, but they kept fighting and believing in their ability that is something that you can not coach” Coach Dunnam.
On Friday and Saturday the JV Longhorns traveled to Port Lavaca to participate in the JV Sand Crab Tournament. Even though the team’s hopes were high, and they were sure their luck would change after a great couple of days of practice errors and lack of hitting followed the Longhorns.
The Longhorns lost to Industrial 2 – 14, beat Aransas Pass 1 – 0, and then lost to Port Lavaca 2 – 22. “This team is capable of so many great things. We just aren’t there yet. When you have 5 to 7 freshman starting, especially against such tough competition like we saw in the Port Lavaca Tournament, you are going to have some rough spots. These young men have some good talent, but right now it just isn’t developed to the level it needs to be at, but they will get their. With their work ethic and desire I have no doubt about that” Coach Dunnam.
Two of the JV Longhorns were selected to the All Tournament team for their outstanding play, Able Perez and Caleb Montgomery. Perez went 4 for 8 during the tournament with 3 RBI’s and Montgomery went 3 for 7 with 2 RBI’s.
Both young men had excellent days defensively as well all tournament.
The JV will travel to Odem on Saturday to play the Owls in a double-header, games times are at 10am and noon.