Chaos reigns in District 28-4A, all seven teams in playoff hunt
TEAMS INCLUDED: Burbank, East Central, Jefferson, Lanier, McCollum, Memorial, South San, Southside, Southwest.
South San erased a huge deficit and won the game it needed to secure second-place in District 28-5A Friday.
The Bobcats (13-7, 3-1) avoided a second-consecutive district loss Friday, edging East Central (10-7-2, 0-4) 7-6 at South San’s Burrows-Gustafson Field. Their good fortune didn’t hold up Saturday afternoon, as Burbank won a non-district game at the field.
However, the win over the hard-luck Hornets and Southwest’s victory over Corpus Christi King – the only 28-5A team to defeat South San so far – bumped the Bobcats up to second. Corpus Christi Carroll (19-3, 4-0) leads the district.
East Central, which dropped its second one-run decision in the district, scored the game’s first six runs.
The Hornets oroduced a single run in the first inning and tacked on five in the fourth. The Bobcats scored their first run in the fifth. They also manufactured a five-run rally, tying the score 6-6 in the bottom of the sixth. South San notched the decisive run in the bottom of the seventh.
South San recorded 11 hits to East Central’s six. Bobcats senior John Gamez was the winning pitcher.
Jefferson 5, Lanier 1
On the heels of Edison’s upset victory, the Mustangs (5-14, 3-5) sprung one of their own in District 28-4A. Jefferson downed third-place Lanier (7-11, 4-4) Friday at SAISD Field No. 2.
Although Lanier held its ground in 28-4A despite the loss, Edison (3-13, 3-5) had defeated Highlands (8-11, 3-5) 4-3 earlier Friday to help bring about a three-way tie for fourth. Idle Burbank (2-5 in district) found itself just a half-game off the playoff pace in the jam-packed district.
Brennan (14-6-1, 7-1) remained in first place with a 6-1 win over second-place Brackenridge (9-8, 5-2).
Jefferson broke a scoreless tie with three runs in the fourth inning against Lanier. The Mustangs added a run in the fourth before the Voks broke the ice in the top of the fifth.
Miguel Montoto led Jefferson with three hits. Pitchers Victor Morales and Cesar Carranza limited Lanier to two hits. Morales struck out five in six innings and was the winning pitcher.
McCollum 6, Floresville 4
The Cowboys (16-3, 7-1) held down their share of first place in District 29-4A Friday at the Frank Tejeda Complex, on the strength of a fifth-inning rally that subdued third-place Floresville (11-7, 5-3). Co-leader Medina Valley (15-5-1, 7-1) also maintained its position with a 10-0 win over Harlandale (8-10, 4-4).
McCollum was tied 1-1 at the end of the first inning. The visiting Tigers claimed the lead with three runs in the second. The five-run Cowboys uprising in the fifth completed the scoring.
Cowboys senior Jesse Medina was the winning pitcher, striking out 14 and surrendering four hits. All of Floresville’s runs were unearned.
McCollum finished with nine hits.
Southwest 2, Corpus Christi King 1
The Dragons (9-8-1, 2-2) forged a tie for third place in District 28-5A with a win over Corpus Christi King (9-5, 2-2) Friday at Southwest.
Southwest junior John Cerda won the pitcher’s duel against King’s Dylan Delgadillo, with help from two Dragons runs in the fourth inning. Cerda held the Mustangs to three hits. Southwest had two hits.
King had taken a 1-0 lead in the second inning.
Memorial 4, Southside 3
The Minutemen (6-12, 3-5) defeated District 29-4A rival Southside (4-14, 1-7) for the second time this season Friday at Southside. The victory moved Memorial into a tie for fifth place with Uvalde (6-12-1, 3-5).
Memorial took control with a three-run second inning and held off the Cardinals, who scored twice in the inning. The Minutemen scored again in the third for a two-run cushion. Southside scored its last run in the fourth.
Minutemen senior pitcher Ivan DeAnda, who shut out Southside March 7, limited the Cardinals to three hits.
Burbank 9, South San 6
The Bulldogs (5-14-1) used their break from 28-4A competition well, winning at South San Saturday.
The teams were tied 1-1 through three innings. Burbank produced the first big inning, striking for five runs in the fourth.
South San closed to 6-3 in the bottom of the inning, but the Bulldogs responded with two more runs in the fifth. It was enough for them to hold off a three-run fourth from their hosts.
Burbank senior Jonathan Alanis was the winning pitcher.