GEORGE WEST – The Beeville major boys will play for the Texas East District 29 Zone I championship.
The boys in orange won the championship bracket final Tuesday night, 11-1 in five innings over Sinton, to earn a spot in the Zone I championship.
Beeville, with its perfect 3-0 mark, will carry the championship-bracket advantage into the final of the double-elimination tournament.
The championship was slated to be played Thursday night in George West with Beeville facing either Sinton or Orange Grove, who faced off in the consolation bracket finale Wednesday night.
Beeville, after falling behind 1-0 in the top of the first inning, scored the final 11 runs of the game in the win over Sinton.
Tyler Lang helped his own cause by scoring Beeville’s first run in the bottom of the first inning. Luke Roznovsky came around for the go-ahead run shortly thereafter and Beeville never looked back.
Roznovsky and Beau Auzston scored in the third inning to push Beeville’s lead to 4-1, then Auzston added another run for the home side in the fourth for a 5-1 lead.
Beeville put the finishing touches on the victory in the fifth, scoring six times to win in run-rule fashion.
Beeville produced 11 hits off three different Sinton pitchers. Lang and Roznovsky both had three hits, while Auzston and Jarron Banda produced two apiece. Justin Flores had the other hit, an RBI triple in the fourth inning.
“We hit the ball,” said team manager Manuel Vasquez about his team coming through at the plate. “I just told these boys that needed to have confidence in themselves and don’t ever give up.
“… They came through today.”
Lang spun a gem for Beeville, allowing just a run on two hits, while striking out 14. He struck out the side in order in both the second and fifth innings, and had three strikeouts in both the third and fourth innings. In the first, after allowing a leadoff single, he struck out the next two batters before inducing a groundout to short.
The lefty faced just four batters over the minimum and threw just 77 pitches over his five innings of work.
“There’s no words to describe Tyler’s performance on the mound. He’s my No. 1 pitcher,” Vasquez said about Lang. “… He’s a great kid and a great pitcher.”
The champion of the Zone I tournament faces the Zone II tournament champion in next week’s Texas East District 29 championship in George West.