High-scoring Highlands thumps Burbank; Central Catholic batters Brack
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East Central (9-2-2) dealt Johnson (13-1), No. 3 in the Express-News area rankings, its first loss of the season last Friday in the East Central Tournament.
The upset win kept the Hornets undefeated in the tournament. Unfortunately for East Central, rain on Saturday prevented the tournament’s completion.
East Central also defeated Lee 11-3 Friday and Roosevelt 9-1 Thursday in the tournament.
Justin Upshaw-Mendoza pitched the shutout against Johnson. Senior Russell Brown and Matthew Tovar each produced two hits. Joseph Gutierrez and Tovar drove in runs.
Jacob Guerra was the Hornets’ winning pitcher against Roosevelt, limiting the Roughriders to three hits. East Central scored two runs in the second, third and fifth innings.
Against Lee, Fernando Luna and Tovar each contributed three hits. Tovar drove in four runs. Upshaw-Mendoza and Gutierrez each had two RBIs. Wanya Ward and Aaron Jaramillo also collected RBIs.
Kassidy Ramon and Ruben Pena combined to pitch the East Central victory. Neither allowed an earned run.
Highlands 9, Burbank 0
The Owls (6-6, 1-0) completed a week in which they outscored two opponents 32-2 with the cherry on top, a commanding win over traditional District 28-4A power Burbank (2-8-1, 0-1).
Friday at SAISD Field No. 1, Highlands took charge with two runs in the first inning while senior ace Steven Martinez fashioned a two-hit shutout. The Owls put the game away with a seven-run rally in the sixth.
Martinez also contributed two hits.
The Owls’ leading hitter was Chris Ortiz, who went 2-for-3 with 2 RBIs. Gustavo Castro, Joshua Ortega, Maurice Devora, Mark Guadiano, Bryan Aguilar and John Cruz also drove in runs. Ryan Bailey and Aguilar each scored two runs for Highlands.
For Burbank, Justin Carlos Gonzales accounted for both Bulldogs hits.
Central Catholic 11, Brackenridge 0 (5 innings)
The Buttons (8-5) recorded a convincing win over a solid Brackenridge (4-6) team Friday at Kahlig Park.
Central Catholic scored eight runs in the first inning and invoked the 10-run rule in the fifth with three runs. The Eagles mustered just two hits, including a double from Tristen Cortinas.
Individual statistics for the Buttons were unavailable.
Kennedy 7, Uvalde 5 (8 innings)
The Rockets (5-5, 1-0) outlasted host Uvalde (3-7, 0-1) for a hard-earned District 29-4A win Friday.
Kennedy, which improved its overall record to .500, scored four runs in the first two innings, but the Coyotes slashed its lead to one in the bottom of the second. Uvalde tied the game in the bottom of the fourth and it remained deadlocked into extra innings.
Sophomore Fabian Del Toro was the winning pitcher for the Rockets.
Lanier 8, Edison 3
The Voks (4-6, 1-0) garnered their first District 28-4A win by taking the season-opener from Edison (0-9, 0-1) Friday at SAISD Field No. 2.
Lanier had a 2-1 lead entering the third inning, when it assembled the first of two-consecutive, three-run innings. The Golden Bears could get no closer than 5-2 thereafter.
Hector DeHoyos was the winning pitcher for the Voks.