This was the Longhorns best game of the young season. Colton Guerrero pitched 7 great innings keeping the Owls guessing all night and not allowing them to get into a rhythm. Guerrero gave up 4 hits, 3 runs, but only 1 was earned with 8 strike outs and 2 walks. When the Owls were actually able to put the ball in play the Longhorn defense was outstanding.
Great plays were made by Michael Marlar, Jeffery Hardwick, and Alex Combs. Hardwick, Pipkin, and Sotelo strung together several hits through out the game that scored the Longhorns 3 runs. At the end of 7 innings the scored remained 3 - 3, “While this game ended in a tie, I believe our team gained a mental victory. There were a lot of sophomores and juniors on that Owl team, and these young guys toed toe to toe with them for 7 full innings. This team is making huge strides, and has improved every time they have played. After a rough week one these young men needed a game like this to prove to them selves that they are good ball players, and I think they did that tonight,” said Coach Justin Dunnam.
The next Monday, March 9, CC John Paul II came to town. While the Longhorns played hard they were unable to pull out a victory against a tough team like John Paul, losing 16 to 0. “While the score board doesn’t show it we actually played a sound game all the way around the board, they were just a good team! We get to play them again in about 3 weeks, and I bet the outcome is a little different next time. This Longhorn team knows they can play with those guys, and can’t wait to get another crack at them,” Dunnam said.
With these two games the JV record sits a 1-4-1, heading into the 4th week of the season. The Longhorns will start district play this week against Natalia on Tuesday, March 17, and in Jourdanton on March 20.