Seguin rally falls short in district loss to Champion
(Seguin) - Seguin refused to go down without a fight in Monday's District 26-5A baseball game against Boerne-Champion, but the Matadors' four-run rally in the seventh inning wasn't enough to prevent a 9-6 loss at 'Smokey' Joe Williams Field.
The Mats trailed 9-2 heading into the final frame, but Chase Boenig singled and advanced to second on an error, Tristan Moreno drove in Boenig with a base hit, Eli Edwards reached on an infield single, and Hayden Haas ripped a double to plate Moreno and Edwards. Cody Kachmar was hit by a pitch after the Edwards single and eventually came home on Cody Mazzurana's sacrifice fly.
Seguin had Haas at second and momentum with the deficit cut to three, but Champion's starting pitcher Ian Weil hurled his ninth strikeout of the game to retire Brayden Weiding and secure the road win for the Chargers.
Seguin head coach Dusty Brittain could only ponder what might have been had the Mats not surrendered six unearned runs on six errors.
"I loved the way they fought there at the end," Brittain said. "If we could just make one to two big plays, it's a totally different game. When you're playing teams that are good like they are, you've got to be able to make those routine plays, and you can't throw the ball around or they're going to make you pay."
The Matadors took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the second when Mazzurana singled and stole second, Villamil hustled out an infield hit, Chase Boenig drove in Mazzurana's courtesy runner Stephen Kent, and Moreno singled in Villamil.
The slim margin held through the third, but the Chargers pushed three runs accross in the fourth, one in the fifth, three more in the sixth, and another in the top of the seventh to open up a 9-2 lead.
Moreno finished 2-4 with two RBIs and a run scored. Haas's two-RBI double salvaged a 1-4 day. Mazzurana went 1-2 and drove in a run. Villamil, Boenig, Edwards, and Kachmar each recorded a hit and a run scored, and Boenig notched an RBI.
Kachmar lasted 5-2/3 innings on the mound, giving up eight runs (two earned) on seven hits with three strikeouts and two walks. Boenig relieved Kachmar and surrendered a single run on two hits with three strikeouts in 1-1/3 frames.
Luke Boyers led Champion at the plate with a 4-4 afternoon, two RBIs, and two runs scored.
The loss dropped Seguin to 1-3 in district play, 5-10-1 overall.
After three weeks of district games on Tuesdays and tournaments filling the weekends, Brittain is ready to watch his team dial in on the 26-5A playoff race.
"The tournaments ate us up a little bit, especially pitching, and so I'm glad to just kind of be back in a rhythm, especially once we get back from spring break where we know exactly who's going to pitch, we know exactly who's going to do what," the coach said. "It will be nice to get in a routine with these guys."
Seguin heads to San Antonio on Wednesday for a 1 p.m. district game against Harlandale.
Marion softball sweeps spring break home swing
(Marion) - Marion swept a pair of high-scoring home softball games on Monday afternoon, outlasting Harper 17-11 and Sabinal 13-7.
Madison Doss drove in three runs against Harper. Lily Bek, Alyssa Robles, Kyleigh Mulanax, and Jaslyne Williams each delivered two RBIs. Robles and Jaslyne Williams each collected three hits and three runs scored. Bek went 2-3 and scored three times. Toryn Autry earned the win the pitcher's circle after striking out seven and allowing three earned runs.
Bek drilled a home run against Sabinal. She and Robles each delivered two hits and scored twice. Doss and Jasmine Williams each drove in two. Autry and Jaslyne Williams each went 2-3 with an RBI, and Autry scored three times. Veronika Gonzales drove in a run. Jaslyne Williams was also the winning pitcher.
The Bulldogs (10-11) are off the rest of the week and open the District 26-3A schedule next Tuesday, Mar. 19 with a 7 p.m. home game against San Antonio-Cole.