Central Catholic triumphs in rematch with rival Antonian
Burbank, Central Catholic, East Central, Edison, Kennedy, Memorial, South San, Southside.
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East Central (11-9-2, 1-6) snapped a six-game district losing streak Tuesday with a dramatic victory over South San (11-9, 4-3).
The Hornets made a strong start, but did their best work in the late innings at East Central. The home team scored a run in the bottom of the seventh to send it into extra innings.
The Bobcats took a 5-4 lead in their half of the eighth. East Central snapped its streak with its backs against the wall, responding with two runs for a walkoff win.
Caleb Ybarra was the winning pitcher for the Hornets. East Central finished with nine hits. South San had eight.
Central Catholic 2, Antonian 1
The Buttons (16-11, 6-3) kept Antonian scoreless until the seventh inning Wednesday at Kahlig Park to avenge an earlier loss to the Apaches (25-6, 7-2). The Buttons scored single runs in the third and fourth innings of the TAPPS District 2-5A game.
Central Catholic senior Jonathan Ramirez was the winning pitcher.
Antonian won the first meeting this year 2-1 March 29. Central Catholic won the rematch despite producing just three hits to Antonian’s eight. The Buttons extended their winning streak to three games.
Harlandale 4, Memorial 3
The Indians (10-11, 6-5) needed to score late to overcome a mid-game rally from Memorial (6-16, 3-8) and put some distance between themselves and the Minutemen in the District 29-4A standings Tuesday at the Frank Tejeda Complex.
Harlandale, however, couldn’t separate themselves from Uvalde (9-12-1, 6-5). The Coyotes remained tied for fourth place in the race for the district’s final playoff spot.
Memorial struck for three runs in the third inning. Harlandale whittled away at the lead with runs in the third and fourth innings. The Indians put their finishing touches on the game with a two-run seventh and a walk-off win.
Harlandale left-hander Zach Perez permitted six hits and just one earned run while striking out 11.
Hunter Orozco led the Indians offense with three hits and an RBI. Richard Acosta produced two hits and two RBIs.
Burbank 10, Edison 2
The Bulldogs (6-16-1, 3-7) brought about a three-way tie for fifth place in District 28-4A with a commanding win over Edison (3-16, 3-7) at SAISD Field No. 2. The Golden Bears also share fifth, along with Jefferson (5-17, 3-7).
The teams were tied 1-1 after an inning, but Burbank scored three runs in the second and led thereafter. The Golden Bears cut the lead to 4-2 in the third inning, but the Bulldogs answered with another three-run inning in the fourth and pulled away.
Burbank senior Tristan Settles was the winning pitcher, limiting Edison to six hits and striking out five. Settles also had an (2 hits, double) outstanding day at the plate, driving in three runs.
Jeremy Moreno led the Bulldogs, going 3-for-3 at the plate with a double and an RBI in addition to scoring four runs. Conrad Perez contributed two hits and drove in two runs. Jonathan Alanis added a double.
Kennedy 11, Southside 1 (5 innings)
The Rockets (7-13, 3-8) routed Southside (4-17, 1-10) Tuesday at Kennedy with two huge rallies in a District 29-4A contest.
The teams were tied at the end of the first inning, but Kennedy (6-13, 2-8) scored four runs in the second inning. The Rockets added six runs in the second inning.
Kennedy sophomore ace Fabian Del Toro held the Cardinals to two hits. With the win, Kennedy tied its rival, Memorial, for sixth place.