Longhorns in a tie for third
by Coach Antonio Villalon
Apr 01, 2009 | 213 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
George West junior Shannon Taylor was the winning pitcher in the Longhorns 13-1 win over the Jourdanton Indians.
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George West fell to 0-2 in district with a thrilling, 1-0 loss to district leader Natalia in eight innings.

Senior Lucas Rannefeld pitched seven brilliant innings and surrendered only three hits with one unearned run while striking out ten Mustangs. The Horns struck out a dozen times themselves and could only muster a double by Holden Holm and two hits by Brett Epperson--one a towering solo home run in the bottom of the 6th--for only one run on the night.

The Mustangs scored one a wild pitch in the 8th inning for the win.

Backed into a corner, George West welcomed a dozen Jourdanton errors at the Horns romped over the host Indians, 13-1.

Starting pitcher Shannon Taylor (2-1) allowed only three hits and two walks in the five inning win. Holm’s two hits totalled four RBI’s and helped overcome ten Longhorn strike outs. Catcher Gabriel Garcia threw out one Indian trying to steal, and terrific defensive stops by Albert Gamez and Scott Rosenbaum kept Jourdanton in check.

On Tuesday, the George West baseball team enjoyed their spring break by pounding Dilley 6-0 and thrashing Cotulla 16-4 on Friday. Rannefeld (3-0) tossed a four hit, eight strike out gem as the Wolves couldn’t cross home plate all night. Catcher Gabriel Garcia, shortstop Shannon Taylor and second baseman Albert Gamez all played especially sharp in the win.

Offensively, the Horns took advantage of seven Dilley walks to keep runners on the bases. One Dilley error on a grounder scored Epperson and Holm in the second inning, then a catcher error plated Eppperson and Russtin Miller in the third. With a 4-0 lead, Travis Walker’s two RBI’s single in the fifth inning scored Epperson and Riley Rocha and put the game away.

The Horns pushed their record to 7-9 overall and 3-2 in district with a 16-4 win at Cotulla. Taylor (3-1) pitched an eight strike out, six hit complete game. Offensively, the Longhorns pounded out 17 hits in their highest scoring total of the season. Rocha and Holm each went 2-for-3 with two RBI’s each, while Epperson went 3-for-4 and Gamez went 4-for-4 with two doubles. Rannefeld, Taylor, Risstin Miller, Garcia, Marcus Miller and Joey Leal all collected hits.

The win places George West in a tie for third place with Three Rivers, a tie that will be broken Tuesday night as the district wraps up the first half of play.
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