Pettus Eagles drop three over spring break
by Bruce Harper
Mar 21, 2012 | 294 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
PETTUS – Spring break wasn’t too kind to the Eagle varsity baseball team as the Pettus boys dropped three decisions.

In the rain-shortened Goliad tournament, the Eagles faced off on the diamond against the host Tigers.

The Goliad squad scored single runs in the second through fourth frames to edge in front 3-0 against Eagle hurler Ryan Beck. The Eagles scraped one run off their deficit in the top of the fifth to make it a 3-1 heading into the home half of the inning. Beck blanked the Tigers in the fifth to keep it a two-run ball game with the Tigers holding the advantage.

The Eagles exploded for five big runs in the top of the sixth to take the lead for the first time at 6-3 over the Tigers. Goliad answered with another single run in the bottom of the sixth to make it a 6-4 game entering the final frame.

Pettus could not add an insurance run in the seventh and that proved costly. Goliad plated two runners to tie the contest and send it into extra innings.

The Eagles went scoreless in the top of the eighth, but the Tigers pushed across the winning run, 7-6.

Beck took the loss while striking out six Tigers. Clay Brown went 1-4 for the Eagles. Taylor Yeoman had two hits in five trips with two doubles. Beck was 2-5. Zack Gonzales had one hit in five plate appearances. Coby Gonzales was 1-4 while Matt Gonzales had two base hits in four tries. Anthony Mendoza went 1-4. Lane Kruger had two hits in four trips to the plate. Mikhail De La Rosa went 1-3 for the Eagles.

Last Monday’s game against D’Hanis went to the Cowboys, 11-1. Coby Gonzales took the loss on the mound for the Eagles against the always tough Cowboys.

It was a 2-1 Cowboy lead after two and a half innings but the Cowboys scored three in the third, two in the fourth and four runs in the fifth to finish off the Eagles in five innings.

Yeoman went 2-3 with one double. Matt Gonzales was 1-2 as were Mendoza, Kruger and De La Rosa.

On Tuesday of spring break, the Eagles went to Charlotte to challenge the Trojans. It was a pitcher’s duel, but three unearned runs spelled the difference as the Trojans got the best of the Eagles 4-1.

Beck struck out 13 Trojans and gave up just one earned run in the loss. Yeoman went 1-2 against the ace of the Trojans’ staff.

The Eagles began district play on Tuesday when they traveled to Runge to tangle with the Yellowjackets. On Friday, the Kenedy Lions will pay a visit to Pettus for a 7 p.m. contest.

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