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Bobcats blast into baseball season with double tournament wins
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Opening day of the baseball season was a day of triumphs for Bobcat baseball as both the varsity and junior varsity posted victories over the visiting George West Longhorns.

The JV set the tone for an exciting evening of baseball with their 14-1 win.

The varsity game didn’t start as expected with George West jumping out to a quick 2-0 lead. Jacob Garcia then settled down and pitched a complete game gem.

Despite giving up six walks and five hits Garcia scattered 10 strike outs that prevented any further damage on the scoreboard. At the plate the Bobcats had an explosive night that featured 11 hits and 10 runs.

Josh Pena lead the charge (3-3 with a 2B, 3 RBI, and 1 run) followed up by Shane Kelly (2-3 with 2 runs, 2 RBI, and 1 BB) and Brian Ramirez (2-3 with a 2B, 2 runs, 1RBI, and 1BB).

Jourdan Ortiz (1 run, BB), Alex Ochoa (1 run, BB, RBI), Jacob Garcia (3 runs, 2 BB, RBI), and Derrick Silvas (BB) each added a hit for the Bobcats.

The weekend was just as successful for the Refugio Bobcat baseball teams. The JV team won the Alice Tournament by beating Falfurrias 5-2, Hebbronville 2-1, and Zapata 11-4.

The varsity team finished tied for first in the Three Rivers tournament with a 3-1 record. They beat Ben Bolt 11-0, Charlotte 5-0, and Three Rivers 26-0.

The only loss came in an early morning game to Premont, 4-0.

“There were an abundance of highlights in the game,” Coach Huerta said.

Picking up wins on the mound with shutouts were Jared Sternadel against Ben Bolt; Jourdan Ortiz with 16 k’s against Charlotte, and Shane Kelly against Three Rivers.

At the plate, Brian Ramirez had a 2B and two 3B’s. Aaron Perez had a 2B and 3B of his own.

The Thursday night game of the Alice tourney had the Refugio JV Bobcats taking on the Falfurrias Jerseys. The Bobcats met adversity early and fell behind 2-0 in the second inning. They responded with 3 runs of their own to take the lead and push them to victory by a final score of 5-2 in 6 innings of play.

Continuing his dominance on the mound, Justin Padilla picked up his second victory in two games. Justin struck out four batters, allowing only 2 hits, as both runs scored on errors.

Charlie Henderson went 2 for 3 at the plate with a single and a double, scoring a run. Robert Loredo went 2 for 3 at the plate with two singles. Jaime Flores went 1 for 2 with a double and scored a run. Josh Villareal went 2 for 4 with a stolen base. Jarrod Lafond had 2 walks and scored a run. Paul Boyer and Alex Oliver each scored a run.

On Friday, the JV Bobcats played their second round game against the Hebbronville Longhorns.

The JV Bobcats and Longhorns put on a great show of defensive baseball before the Bobcats pulled out a 2-1 victory in six innings. Picking up the victory on the mound was Logan Koonce. He is now 1-0 on the season.

The Longhorns struck first in the top of the second inning going up 1-0. The score would stay that way until the bottom of the fourth inning when Charlie Henderson would score for the Bobcats on a Robert Loredo single, tying the game 1-1. In the bottom of the sixth inning, Paul Boyer scored the winning run from third base on a passed ball.

On Saturday night the JV Bobcats advanced to the championship game of the Alice Tournament, where they took on the Zapata Hawks.

Offensive highlights were aplenty on this windy night. The Bobcats cruised to an 11-4 victory clinching the championship. Picking up the victory on the mound was Jared Contreras. In seven innings, Jared gave up 8 hits, walking none, and struck out 7. He is now 1-0 on the season.

The Bobcats started the game off with 2 runs on 5 hits to take an early 2-0 lead. Zapata would roar back in the bottom of the first with 3 runs of their own, to go up 3-2.

The fourth inning would see the Bobcats add another run to make it 6-3. In the sixth inning, the bats cranked up once again for Refugio as they scored 5 runs in the top of the inning making it 11-3. The Hawks were able to score 1 more run to make it 11-4.

The JV team is currently 4-0 as they head to the Victoria Memorial tournament this weekend. The varsity is 4-1 as they head to the George West tournament where they are the defending champs.

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