(Ganado) – The Seguin Majors Baseball All-Stars concluded their 2018 Little League International post-season last week with a 1-2 finish at the Texas East Section 4 Tournament in Ganado, while Seguin’s 11-year old All-Stars went 0-2 in their sectional tournament in Inez.
In the Majors tournament, Seguin opened with an 11-5 loss to Victoria-Southeast on Thursday, bounced back with a 6-2 win over Rockport-Fulton in Friday’s first elimination game, and dropped the rematch with Victoria-Southeast 15-12 in Saturday’s elimination bracket semifinals.
Seguin jumped out to a 5-1 lead after two innings in Saturday’s elimination semifinal against Victoria-Southeast. Gavin Newborg singled and eventually scored on an error in the bottom of the first, and Cooper Neumann blasted a two-run homer after Landrum Taylor reached on an error. Marco Moncada scored on a wild pitch, and Newborg came home on an error in the second.
Victoria-Southeast rallied to tie it with four runs in the top of the third, but Rory “R.J.” Ramos put Seguin back in front 7-5 with a two-run home run in the bottom of the inning.
Another four-run inning for Victoria-Southeast put Seguin in a 9-7 hole heading into the bottom of the fourth. Ramos doubled in Neumann and eventually scored on an error to knot the game up at 9-9 in the fifth.
Victoria-Southeast erupted for six runs in the top of the sixth to establish a 15-9 cushion. Seguin’s two-out rally fell short by three runs in the final frame. Taylor came home after a base hit by Neumann, and Landon Trost followed with a two-run homer to cut the deficit to 15-12 before Victoria-Southeast induced the clinching out.
Neumann finished the final game 3-4 with a home run, three RBIs, and three runs scored. Ramos went 2-3, homered, drove in three, and scored twice. Newborg recorded a hit and two runs scored. Trost was 1-2 with a home run and two RBIs. Ocean Moreno and Carlos Contreras each recorded hits as well.
Neumann lasted 3-2/3 innings on the mound before passing the 85 pitch limit, allowing nine runs (six earned) on seven hits with eight strikeouts and three walks. Newborg, Ramos, and Trost each made relief appearances.
Each team committed six errors, with Victoria-Southeast capitalizing to the tune of five unearned runs, and Seguin plating seven.
Neumann and Ramos each hit a two-run home run in Thursday’s tournament opening loss to Victoria-Southeast, but no other Seguin player recorded a hit in that game.
Individual stats from Friday’s win over Rockport-Fulton were not available at press time.
After capturing the West Zone and District 31 championships, followed by a 1-2 mark in the Section 4 Tournament, the Seguin Majors Baseball All-Stars’ final post-season record for the summer of 2018 is 7-3.
Team members include Gavin Newborg, Landrum Taylor, Marco Moncada, Cooper Neumann, Eduardo Vela, Elijah Hicks, Rory Ramos, Holt Haas, Ocean Moreno, Carlos Contreras, Kayden Holz, Landon Trost and Jeidon Tillis. The coaching staff includes manager Bubba Neumann and assistants Carlos Moreno and Trevor Haas.
The Seguin 11-year old Baseball All-Stars dropped the first sectional game in Inez to Lamar National 18-0, and suffered a 14-3 loss to Ganado in Sunday’s elimination game. Seguin went 3-2 this summer, preceding a tough weekend in the sectional round with a 3-0 run to the District 31 championship in late June.
The only Seguin team still playing in the Little League International post-season is Seniors Baseball. They host the Southwest Regional Tournament at ‘Smokey’ Joe Williams Field next week, opening the event on Friday, July 20 with a 5 p.m. game against Texas West.