Lanier takes third in 28-4A with win over Edison
TEAMS INCLUDED: Burbank, Edison, Harlandale, Highlands, Holy Cross, Jefferson, Kennedy, Lanier, McCollum, Memorial.
In a matchup of two of the hottest teams in District 29-4A, not to mention arguably the two most-heated rivals, McCollum (15-3, 6-1) did what it needed to do to move up into first place – after weathering a late scare from Harlandale (8-9, 4-3).
The Cowboys took a 4-0 lead into the seventh Friday at the Frank Tejeda Complex, but the Indians were able to quickly make a game of it before Hector Arevalo was able to put out the fire. Arevalo earned the save in relief of starter Jesse Medina as McCollum escaped with a 4-3 win.
A short time earlier, Uvalde (5-12-1, 2-5) had upset district-leading Medina Valley (14-5-1, 6-1) 2-0. Coupled with McCollum’s win, the Panthers’ loss created a tie for first place. It was an unexpected bonus for the Cowboys.
“I’ll take it,” Cowboys coach Hector Delgadillo said. “I told the boys the district championship was still (in play). So we can put the first half behind us and go for the championship.
“This was the last game of the first round. I told them we’re not 6-1, we’re 0-0.”
McCollum notched its third-consecutive win while the loss ended Harlandale’s four-game winning streak, which lifted the Indians into fourth place in 29-4A.
The Cowboys took a 4-0 lead into the seventh last Friday at the Frank Tejeda Complex, but the Indians were able to quickly make a game of it before Hector Arevalo was able to put out the fire. Arevalo earned the save in relief of starter Jesse Medina as McCollum escaped with a 4-3 win.
“We had one big inning,” Delgadillo said., “and they had one at the end. Guys always want to go the distance, but after that second trip to the mound, I had to take him out. But (Hector) came in threw strikes. We made a couple of plays behind him and we got the win.”
Zach Perez, Richard Acosta and Ramzey Martinez all drove in Harlandale runs in the seventh. The rally began with walk to freshman Joey Castaneda and a single from Rogelio Gutierrez.
McCollum grabbed the lead on Dominick Ortiz’s first-inning single. Medina had an RBI hit in the Cowboys’ three-run fifth.
“Like I always tell the boys, ‘Let’s not look ahead,’ ” Delgadillo said. “We’ll enjoy the win tonight, then it’s time to get back to work.”
The road gets harder for Harlandale. The Indians will play Friday at Medina Valley.
It’ll be no picnic for McCollum, either. The Cowboys return to action Friday with a 6:30 p.m. game at the Tejeda Complex against third-place Floresville (11-6, 5-2).
“Getting two-out hits and two-strike hits,” Delgadillo said, “those are the things we have to get better at. I’m proud of the way the guys have been playing. Hopefully, we can keep improving, have a good second round and take it into the playoffs.”
Lanier 6, Edison 5
The Voks (7-10, 4-3) moved up to third place in District 28-4A with a win over Edison (2-13, 2-5) Friday at SAISD Field No. 1. Lanier scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth to win its second-consecutive game.
Edison scored first in the top of the first inning. Lanier tied it in the third and added two more runs in the fourth. Trailing 3-1, the Golden Bears grabbed the lead once again with three runs in the fifth. They expanded the lead to two in the top of the sixth.
Joshua Esquivel (double, RBI), Jeremiah Esquivel (RBI) and Isaac Munoz all supplied two hits for the Voks.
Javier Lopez and Nathan Villela drove in one run apiece.
Lanier senior pitcher Hector DeHoyos struck out nine in the victory. Edison outhit the Voks 11-7.
Highlands 4, Burbank 3
The Owls (8-10, 3-4) slid into fourth place in District 28-4A with a win over Burbank (4-13-1, 2-4) last Friday at SAISD Field No. 1. The Bulldogs fell into a three-way tie for fifth in the seven-team district.
Burbank led 2-1 until Highlands produced a three-run rally in the fifth. The Bulldogs scored again in the top of the seventh, but couldn’t force extra innings.
Gustavo Castro drove in two runs for Highlands. Ryan Bailey and Daniel Martinez each added two hits. The Owls’ Justin Sanchez was the winning pitcher, limiting Burbank to four hits.
Kennedy 7, Memorial 1
The Rockets (6-10, 2-5) defeated their District 29-4A rival Memorial (5-13, 2-5) Friday at Kennedy, creating the same type of chaos at the bottom of the district standings that Medina Valley’s loss fostered at the top. The teams now share fifth place with Uvalde.
The game turned into the Fabian Del Toro show. The Kennedy sophomore hit two home runs and was the winning pitcher, limiting the Minutemen to four hits.
Kennedy struck for three runs in both the third and fourth innings. The Rockets added a single run in the fifth, while Memorial broke Del Toro’s shutout in the seventh.