Seguin baseball claws past Medina Valley, revives playoff chances
(Castroville) – Seguin is back in the thick of the District 26-5A playoff chase with three games left in the regular season after outlasting Medina Valley 6-4 Friday night in Castroville.
Freshman relief pitcher Tristan Moreno protected Seguin’s two-run lead and shut the door on the Panthers’ rally hopes by retiring three of the four batters he faced after inheriting runners at first and third with nobody out in the bottom of the sixth, and tossing a 1-2-3 seventh with a pair of strikeouts.
The win moves Seguin (8-17-1) to 4-7 in district play and leaves the Matadors just one game back of Medina Valley (12-7-1, 5-6) in the race for the fourth and final playoff berth.
Seguin went up 2-0 in the top of the second inning when Brendon Burgess singled, Hayden Haas reached on an error, Burgess’s courtesy Brennan Turner scored on the error after stealing second, and Haas eventually stole home.
Matt Weichold’s second home run in as many games pushed the Matadors’ lead to 3-0 in the top of the third.
Medina Valley capitalized on a Seguin error to make it a 3-1 game in the bottom of the third. The Panthers used a triple from Garrett Leggitt, an RBI-single from Jacob Essenburgh, and a two-run double by Homer Guerrero to plate three runs and take a 4-3 lead in the bottom of the fourth.
Weichold walked and Burgess singled to lead off the top of the sixth, and an error off a grounder by Haas allowed Weichold’s pinch runner Robert Bone and Burgess’s courtesy runner Turner to sprint home and reclaim the lead for Seguin. Michael Hernandez drove in Haas with a sacrifice bunt to put the Mats up by two.
Medina Valley’s No. 8 and No. 9 hitters Guerrero and Cody Rutherford started the bottom of the sixth with consecutive singles, and an error allowed Guerrero to reach third.
Seguin head coach Mark Williams replaced his starting pitcher Nathan Shepard with the freshman Moreno at that point, and the next batter up was Medina Valley’s Cole Modgling, who entered Friday with a .528 average and an 11-game hitting streak.
Moreno induced a pop-up from Modgling, relegating the Panthers’ leadoff man to an 0-4 night and his first hitless game since March 5. Moreno then struck out Charlie Marsh looking, walked Richard Fulgham to load the bases, and got Dylan Fillinger to chop a grounder up the first base line. Kendall Harborth charged the awkwardly bouncing ball, gloved it cleanly, and spun around to tag Fillinger for the third out before he could reach base.
“I was kind of joking around with the coaches, and said ‘the bad thing is, he’s a freshman, but the good thing is he’s a freshman, because I’ve got him for four years” Williams said after Moreno closed the game with veteran poise on the mound. “He will battle. He’s a competitor.”
Shepard earned the win on the mound, allowing four runs (one earned) on eight hits with two strikeouts and two walks in five-plus innings of work.
Moreno was credited with save after three strikeouts and a walk in two scoreless, hitless frames, and Williams commended reserve outfielder Chase Boenig for playing an unheralded, but important role in that development.
“Early on, he (Moreno) was kind of hurt in the outfield, so I took him out, got the trainer looking at him, getting him warmed up over here, so Chase did his job for me, because I had to have someone go out in the outfield real fast,” the coach said. “Chase went out there and did his job, and I told him I had to take him out to get Tristan back on the mound. It’s a team effort. It takes everybody. Small role, big role, who knows what you’re role may be?”
Burgess finished 2-3 at the plate, Moreno went 1-2, and Weichold 1-3. Haas scored twice and stole two bases.
Seguin’s remaining district games include a home date with Marble Falls on Tuesday, a road trip to Kerrville-Tivy this Friday, and the home finale against Boerne-Champion next Tuesday, April 24. Medina Valley has a home game against Dripping Springs sandwiched between visits to Lockhart and Alamo Heights.
“We’re going to treat all these games like playoff games – loser goes home,” Williams said. “We’re going to show up Tuesday and play it like it’s a playoff game, and see where the cards fall at the end of the season.”
The Matadors host Marble Falls on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at ‘Smokey’ Joe Williams Field.
Seguin softball wins second straight, inches closer to No. 3 playoff seed
(Kerrville) – Seguin moved a step closer to securing the No. 3 playoff seed in the District 26-5A softball race Friday night with an 8-3 road win over Kerrville-Tivy.
The Matadors (19-12), who have already clinched a playoff berth, are 8-5 in district play and one game ahead of fourth place Boerne-Champion with one game left on the schedule. Seguin hosts Champion in the final game of the regular season on Tuesday, and can clinch the No. 3 seed with a win.
Senior lefty Vanessa Garza moved her record to 16-6 in the pitcher’s circle Friday, allowing three runs on two hits with two strikeouts in four innings. Sophomore reliever Ashlyn Flores tossed three scoreless frames.
At the plate, Tate Smith drove in three runs. Shyann Atchley and McKenzie Neumann each collected two hits, a double, and two RBIs, and Atchley scored twice. Marissa Bradley went 2-4, and Gracie Scheel drove in a run. Garza had a base hit and a run scored.
Seguin’s ‘Senior Night’ game against Boerne-Champion will air live on KWED 1580 AM and Seguintoday.com. The first pitch is slated for 7 p.m., with pre-game coverage at 6:45.