Eight Longhorn errors contributed to the loss and overshadowed fine hitting and defensive play from junior Riley Rocha. A first inning double by Rocha scored Lucas Rannefeld, and Scott Rosenbaum drew a walk with bases loaded to take an early 2-0 lead. Three Bobcat runs in the bottom of the first erased the lead. Rocha (0-1) drew the loss, but reliever Holden Holm threw two quality relief innings to finish the game.
The George West baseball team lost two of three in Columbus this weekend as final preparation for Monday’s home district opener against Freer. In game one: the score was Altair Rice 12, GW 5. Eight George West errors led to a seven run fourth inning that blew open a tight game. Albert Gamez, Travis Walker and Lucas Rannefeld all drove in runs. Holden Holm (0-1) picked up the loss in relief.
In game two: GW 6, Houston Reagan 4. The Longhorns rallied in the 6th inning with a double from Holden Holm, and then scored the winning runs with a clutch single by Travis Walker and a game clinching triple by Holm. Riley Rocha (1-1) picked up his first win of the season by throwing a complete game.
For game three the score was: Needville 14, GW 4. A solo home run by Lucas Rannefeld, two long hits by Russtin Miller, and two doubles by Brett Epperson powered the offense, but Needville’s big bats carried the day.
Russtin Miller (0-1) picked up the loss, and Epperson threw four solid innings of relief.
Shannon Taylor will face Freer ace Jake Acker in Monday’s district opener.
Thursday George West opens their 13th annual Live Oak County Classic with a 7 p.m. bout with Riviera, the 4th ranked 2A team in Texas.
The Horns return on Friday with a 1:30 game against Pleasanton’s JV and a 6:30 game against Lytle.