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Eagles finish fourth in their own hardball tourney
by Bruce Harper
Mar 12, 2009 | 516 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Pettus Eagle baseball tournament was a chance for the host Eagles to see what kind of team they’ll be this year. The good news is that the squad will compete with anybody and will keep improving as the year progresses.

The Eagles are young and played well enough to capture fourth place in the 10-team tournament against some veteran varsity clubs. Stockdale defeated the Nixon-Smiley Mustangs in the championship game on Saturday night.

“I feel that we are improving every week. We were fortunate to have the nine visiting teams come out to Pettus to participate in our tournament, and they’re all invited back for next year’s tourney,” said Pettus head coach Anthony Ramirez.

The Eagles defeated San Antonio St. Gerard 9-6 in the first tourney action for Pettus. Pitcher Aaron Escamilla got the win and also helped himself with a 2-3 day at the plate. Hunter Tomlin, Robert Hudson, Andrew P. and Ulises Juarez all had base hits in the victory. Tim Gill also came up big at the plate with two hits in three trips and knocked in three runs.

The second game of the day had the Eagles facing off against the N-S Mustangs. The Mustangs powered their way to a 17-9 victory in a slug-fest.

Ryan Beck took the loss on the mound for the Eagles. Escamilla continued with a hot bat, going 3-3 with a triple and two RBI’s. Tomlin also belted a triple. Hudson was 2-2 with two doubles. Beck also connected for two hits. James Constante, Andrew P. and Taylor Yeoman each contributed a hit in the contest.

The 1-1 tourney mark put the Eagles into the third place game against Jourdanton on Saturday. The contest was again a high-scoring affair as the Indians captured the Eagles, 15-11.

A big six-run first got the Indians off to a good start and the Eagles were fighting an uphill battle the rest of the way. Pettus scored two in the first inning and three in the third, fourth and fifth frames, but could not catch the Indians. Jourdanton scored one run in the second, four in the third and three more in the fourth. A single insurance run also came across the plate in the fifth for the Indians.

Tomlin took the loss on the mound for the Eagles. Escamilla was 2-2 in the game. Tomlin had a 1-3 game with another triple and three RBI’s. Beck had three hits in four tries, all of them doubles. Constante, Grayson Huskey and Matt Miller all contributed one hit for the Eagles. Yeoman was a perfect 3-3 with three RBI’s.

Escamilla and Beck were selected to the all-tournament teams for their fine play over the three-day event.

“There was a lot of good baseball played and our players learned a lot by not only playing but by watching some of the other programs this weekend. I was proud of the way our guys played but we have to continue to work hard and improve,” Ramirez said.

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