Bobcats nip Eagles, lose two at Lions’ hardball tourney
by Bruce Harper
Mar 02, 2013 | 1055 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
KENEDY — With a young, experienced varsity baseball team, the Skidmore-Tynan Bobcats look forward to competing in some of the best small school tournaments during their early non-district schedules.

The ’Cats got a good look at themselves by competing in the always tough Kenedy Lions tournament last weekend and picked up one win at the expense of Bee County rival Pettus.

The Bobcats tangled with the Goliad Tigers in their first game. The Tigers hit well and plated seven big runs in the bottom of the first to gain control. The Bobcats managed to get two runs in the second, but gave up another four runs to the Tigers in the home half of the third. The final went to the Tigers, 11-2.

Only two of the Goliad runs were earned as the Bobcats were plagued by nine errors in the game. Sophomore T.J. Amador pitched five innings for the ’Cats walking three and striking out two Tigers. Izac Garcia and Jerry Fuentes finished the day with one hit in two official plate appearances.

“Errors killed us early. We can’t give teams extra outs each inning and expect to win games,” said S-T head coach Cody Fields.

“We need to focus on the fundamentals of baseball, relax and have fun.”

The Pettus Eagles provided the competition in game two for the Bobcats. It wasn’t a pitcher’s duel as both teams scored early and often. The S-T boys put up one run in the first, and the Eagles jumped ahead with five of their own runs in the bottom of the first. S-T answered right back with a big seven-run frame in the second to regain the lead and then added four more runs in the third to lead 12-5.

Pettus struck back with a four-run outburst in the fourth and added one more run in the fifth before tournament time restraints halted the contest. S-T earned the 12-10 victory.

Sophomore Ryan Jimenez captured the win on the mound for the Bobcats with Seth Phillips getting the save. Sebastian Hernandez went 2-4 with one run scored and three RBI’s while Myles Bloemer was 3-4 at the plate with two runs scored and two RBI’s.

“Our bats woke up in the second game which we needed desperately to get a little confidence. We continue to make too many errors and to start slow,” said Field.

“Being so inexperienced, we need to learn how to start games. We need to learn how to compete from the first pitch.”

On Saturday, the Bobcats faced Nixon-Smiley, and the Mustangs came out on top of an 11-7 ball game.

N-S scored in each inning and led 5-1 heading into the fourth. The Bobcats plated one runner in the fourth to pull closer, but the Mustangs had three runners cross the plate to pull even further out front, 8-2, after four complete frames. Both teams scored three runs in the fifth, and the Bobcats made it respectable with two more runs in the top of the sixth. Time expired for the game and the N-S boys captured the win.

The Bobcats out-hit the Mustangs nine to six, but the Skidmore-Tynan errors and walks helped put the Mustangs in the win column.

Garcia pitched 4.2 innings. He gave up eight earned runs, struck out nine, but walked eight Mustangs on the day. Sebastian Hernandez went 2-4 with two runs scored to go along with two steals and one RBI. Bobby Quiroga went 1-2 with two runs batted in for the ’Cats.

“We continue to put ourselves in bad situations. We give too many free bases and extra outs. We showed signs of coming around at the plate this weekend, but we will live and die with our defense and pitching,” Fields said.

“We have to continue to work to get better at fundamentals every day.”

The Bobcats played Ingleside on Tuesday night and will head for the Nixon-Smiley this weekend for another tournament.
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