BASEBALL WEEKEND REPORT: Cowboys finish 29-4A season with a flourish, defeat rival Harlandale

Southwest snares third in 28-5A; Edison edges Mustangs in pitcher’s duel




TEAMS INCLUDEDBrackenridge, Edison, Harlandale, Highlands, Jefferson, Kennedy, McCollum, Southwest.

Sophomore Rafael Ramirez supplied two triples and senior pitcher Dominick Ortiz scattered seven hits while striking out six, leading second-place McCollum (24-5, 11-3) to a win over rival Harlandale (12-12, 8-6) Thursday in the District 29-4A season finale for both teams.

Like McCollum, Harlandale had already clinched a playoff spot. The Indians finished in a third-place tie with Floresville (14-10, 8-6), which defeated Southside (4-20, 1-13) 11-1 last Friday.

McCollum senior Jesse Medina drove in a first-inning run with a single and Ramirez (2-for-4, 3 RBIs) followed with a triple. The Cowboys never trailed after securing the 2-0 lead.

The Cowboys punched in three more runs in the third, following Ramirez’s second triple. Ryan Villalobos (2-for-3) and Ortiz (2-for-4) scored on the hit. A.J. Vasquez (2-for-2, 3 RBIs) drove in the sophomore with a base hit.

Harlandale produced its first run in the bottom of the fourth. Rogelio Gutierrez (2-for-3) brought the run home with a clutch single. An RBI double from the Indians sophomore Richard Acosta cut McCollum’s lead to 5-2 after five innings.

The Cowboys scored twice in the top of the seventh.

Ortiz only gave up one walk in notching the win. Harlandale pitcher Zach Perez struck out eight, but McCollum mustered 10 hits against the senior left-hander.

Tim Smith chipped in a double and Robert Palomino had a triple for Harlandale.

Southwest 4, Steele 2

The Dragons (12-10-1, 5-5) broke a three-way tie for third place in District 28-5A with a victory over Steele (13-14, 3-7) Friday in Cibolo. Southwest seized third and Steele fell into a fourth-place tie as a result of the outcome.

Southwest took the lead with a second-inning run, but the Knights matched it in the bottom of the inning. The pattern repeated itself again in the fifth. Finally, the Dragons notched a pair of runs in the top of the sixth and kept the Knights scoreless thereafter.

Dominick Lopez was the winning pitcher for Southwest. The Dragons will play Brandeis in a three-game bi-district series.

Edison 2, Jefferson 1

Golden Bears senior Julio Alvarez and Mustangs senior Cesar Carranza waged a battle of underrated District 28-4A pitchers Thursday on SAISD Field No. 1.

After four scoreless innings, both teams broke the ice in the fifth. Edison (4-17, 4-8) managed to score one more run than the Mustangs (5-19, 3-9) before the pitchers applied the clamps again.

Of Edison’s four wins, three were decided by one run and Alvarez pitched each of them. The left-hander scattered seven hits.

Carranza gave up five hits and struck out eight. Neither of the Golden Bears’ runs was earned.

The win ended a four-game losing streak for the Edison, who closed their season tied with Lanier for fifth place. Jefferson was just a game behind in the highly competitive seven-team district.

Kennedy 8, Memorial 1

The young Rockets (8-14, 4-9) finished the season with three wins in their last four games, defeating rival Memorial (6-19, 3-11) Thursday at Kennedy. Kennedy placed sixth in the district and Memorial was seventh.

Kennedy sophomore Fabian Del Toro (8-4, 1.17 ERA) only allowed three hits and kept the Minutemen scoreless until the sixth inning.

Del Toro received plenty of support from his Rockets teammates.

The Rockets broke out with three runs in the first inning. They increased the lead to 4-0 in the fourth and added four runs in the fifth.

Brackenridge 7, Highlands 4

The Eagles (14-8, 10-2) prepared for the postseason Thursday with their fifth-consecutive win, defeating Highlands (10-13, 5-7) in a District 28-4A game at SAISD Field No. 1.

Brackenridge took charge with two runs in the third inning. The Owls bolted ahead with three runs in the fifth, but the lead was short-lived. In the bottom of the inning, the Eagles regained their edge with a huge, five-run rally.

Highlands, which will represent the district as the No. 3 seed after tying for third with Burbank, scored its last run in the seventh.

Eagles senior Robert Rangel was the winning pitcher. Brackenridge outhit the Owls 8-6.

Senior Alex Hammerli led the Eagles with two hits and Mario Roldan drove in two runs. Matt de los Santos and Jongregory Gonzales each had one RBI.

About Mike Considine (1458 Articles)
I started this blog as an extension of the sports stories I've been doing as an independent contractor for the Southside Reporter the past five years. I've been a sportswriter for more than 35 years, including two stints with the late, lamented San Antonio Light. I cover high school football for the San Antonio Express-News in the fall. My purpose, in creating this blog, is to shine a light on the athletic achievements of teams and athletes on the south side of San Antonio.

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