South San finishes one win short of NEISD Tourney finals
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McCollum split four games at the Southwest Tournament last weekend, but may have emerged with something valuable as the District 29-4A season gets underway this Friday.
The Cowboys (8-2) got a chance to matchup against two of its district rivals, including title favorite Medina Valley within the confines of the tournament. McCollum begins its 29-4A season Friday at Floresville.
McCollum lost 4-0 to Medina Valley, No. 8 in the Express-News area rankings, last Thursday at Southwest. The Cowboys, though, bounced back to defeat archrival Harlandale 13-6 last Friday in a battle of prospective playoff contenders.
The Cowboys, under first-year coach Hector Delgadillo after Jose Garza accepted an administrative position at McCollum, faced a four-run deficit three innings into their tournament opener against Medina Valley (7-2-1). Brothers Cody and Kyle Moos limited McCollum to two hits for the Panthers.
Against Harlandale, the Indians (3-6) received two hits from Robert Palomino and two RBIs from Ramzey Martinez. However, they couldn’t compete with McCollum’s offensive onslaught. Individual statistics for the Cowboys were not available.
McCollum also blanked Stevens 8-0 and fell 4-3 to Jay on Friday.
Harlandale wasn’t able to pick up a win in the tournament. It lost 8-2 to district rival Uvalde and 4-1 to the host team on Friday. Palomino collected three hits and Christian Slocum had two against the Dragons (5-2-1). Southwest individual statistics were not available.
Southwest, which won the SAISD Tournament a week earlier, tied Uvalde 2-2 Thursday and lost 7-1 to Brennan Friday.
South San (7-5) was within one game of the NEISD Tournament championship game last Saturday, but fell 4-2 to Austin Bowie. The Bobcats subsequently fell 5-1 to Clark, their second loss to the Cougars in the three-day tournament, to finish with a 3-2 record at the Blossom Athletic Complex.
The Bobcats had edged Brandeis 4-3 and defeated Roosevelt 8-4 last Friday to put themselves in the semifinals.
“We’ve managed to battle,” South San coach Robert Zamora said. “The problem is that we give up runs early in the game, then we have to battle just to get back into the game. Take out the first inning against Bowie, and we were right in it.”
The Bobcats defeated Brandeis on the strength of a two-run, sixth-inning home run from senior Adrian Gallegos. Isaac Lugo was the winning pitcher for South San.
Highlands (4-6) defeated Taft 3-2 Thursday and Roosevelt 9-7 Saturday in the tournament. Steven Martinez belted a two-run triple that helped make him the winning pitcher against Taft. Martinez struck out six and allowed just one earned run against the Raiders.
Edgewood ISD Tournament
Kennedy (4-4) opened the tournament at Edgewood Field with a 15-2 win over Sam Houston Thursday, but the Rockets had mixed results on the tournament’s final day.
The Rockets’ Miguel Zamarripa limited Sam Houston to three hits, while the offense provided a nine-run cushion.
They defeated Dilley 4-1 last Saturday, but lost 5-1 to St. Anthony (8-4). Sophomore ace Fabian Del Toro was the winning pitcher for Kennedy against Dilley. The Rockets took charge with three runs in the second inning.
Sam Houston (1-7) picked up its first victories of the season, edging Memorial 13-9 Friday. Hurricanes pitcher Rudy Lopez notched the win. Ivan DeAnda hit a home run for the Minutemen.
Memorial (3-7) bounced back to defeat Edison (0-7) 8-4 and Cole 11-10 on Friday. The Minutemen also squeaked past Edison 8-7 on Thursday. In the Cole win, Memorial wiped out an 8-0 deficit with six runs in the third inning and five in the fourth.
Central Catholic (7-4) won three of five games at the Judson Tournament over the weekend. The Buttons defeated Hays 2-1 and Laredo United South 11-5 Thursday and Wagner 13-5 Friday.
The Buttons scored single runs in the first and fourth inning against Hays and took a 2-0 shutout into the sixth and final inning. Central Catholic cruised to victory against United South after scoring six runs in the top of the first inning. Against Wagner, the Buttons broke a 2-2 tie with six runs in the top of the second.
Individual statistics for Central Catholic were unavailable for all tournament games.