Boerne Champion takes early series lead on Brack
TEAMS INCLUDED: Brackenridge, East Central.
East Central junior shortstop Haydi Bugarin smacked a game-winning home run in the bottom of the 10th inning to provide the Hornets with a 3-2 victory in the Thursday in the Class 5A bi-district series opener.
It was actually the second time the Hornets (24-6) displayed a flair for the dramatic in the win over Taft (18-9), which placed third in District 27-5A. East Central, the No. 2 seed from 28-5A, had scored in the bottom of the seventh inning to send the game to extra innings on its home field.
The Hornets will have a chance to end the series at 7 p.m. tonight when Game 2 shifts to Northside ISD Field No. 1. If necessary, a third series game will take place 2 p.m. Saturday at SAISD Field No. 1. East Central also would serve as the home team in that game.
East Central took a 1-0 lead in the opening game after Bugarin (2-for-4, RBI) singled and Alexis Macias drew a walk. Macias and senior Taylor Doege, who reached base on a fielder’s choice, executed a double steal. Macias scored on the back end.
The Raiders overtook the Hornets with two runs in the top of the sixth. Pitcher Cela Jo Hernandez, who pitched 9 1/3 innings, drove in Taft’s first run with a single and an error enabled a the second run to score on the play.
With two outs in the seventh, East Central freshman center fielder Kendall Talley doubled. Macias (3-for-4, 2 doubles, RBI) followed with an RBI single that sent the game to extra innings.
Bugarin’s fifth home run of the season was a line drive over the center field fence with one out in the 10th. The Raiders advanced runners to second base in both the ninth and 10th innings, but Hornets junior Madison Strunk escaped.
Strunk pitched all 10 innings to claim the win. She struck out four and walked one. Both teams produced eight hits.
Boerne Champion 6, Brackenridge 2
Having home-field advantage wasn’t enough for Brackenridge (17-10-1) to overcome the Chargers at Mary Ann Villarreal Field No. 1. Boerne Champion (15-11) snapped a three-game losing streak with help from junior Stephanie Crumrine, who cranked her fourth home run of the season.
The Eagles now face an uphill road to advance to the area round, which leads toward Boerne. The remaining games are scheduled to take place tonight at Champion, with Game 2 set for 5 p.m. and the third game, if necessary, to take place 30 minutes after its conclusion.
Champion broke a scoreless tie with three runs in the top of the second inning on Crumrine’s two-run shot and Grace Kerr’s RBI single. Brackenridge junior pitcher Alexis Berlanga (16-8) didn’t allow another run until the top of the fifth, when her counterpart, Chargers junior Maddie Boyers, lined an RBI single.
The Eagles scored with two outs in the bottom of the seventh.
Jacklynn Nevarez and Jaclyn Rodriguez reached base with walks. After a pair of fly outs, Nevarez came in on a passed ball to make it 6-1. Senior Ana DeLeon brought Kristen Reyna (Rodriguez ‘s courtesy runner) home with an infield single.
Boyers (13-7) held the Eagles to three hits, issued to Miranda Sandoval and freshman Alyssa Berlanga, in addition to DeLeon.