East Central double-teams Southwest
AREA TEAMS INCLUDED: Brackenridge, Burbank, East Central, Harlandale, Highlands, Jefferson, Lanier, McCollum, Sam Houston, Southwest.
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Burbank took advantage of a loss by Harlandale to climb another rung in the District 28-5A standings.
The second-place Bulldogs (9-6, 7-2), who began the week in third place, moved up with wins over Lanier (2-13, 1-8) 7-2 March 30 and Sam Houston (8-7, 6-2) 8-2 March 31. Harlandale (9-5-1, 7-2), which shared second, lost to district-leading McCollum 7-2 March 30, but rebounded to smash Jefferson (3-11, 2-7) 16-3 March 31.
Burbank used a five-run inning to break open a close game against fourth-place Sam Houston at SAISD Field No. 1. The Hurricanes led 2-0 when Burbank erupted for five runs in the bottom of the third inning. Both teams finished with nine hits.
Senior Arturo Martinez was the winning pitcher for Burbank.
Conrad Perez pitched a five-hitter in the Bulldogs’ win over Lanier, while allowing just one earned run. Perez struck out 16. The senior also aided his team by hitting a triple and driving in a run.
Jonathan Martinez, Humberto Lopez and Nico Basaldua had two hits apiece. Basaldua led the Bulldogs with a triple and two RBIs. Lopez and Martinez also brought in runs.
East Central 9, Southwest 1
Ruben Pena Jr. and Mendoza combined to pitch a four-hitter without permitting an earned run as the Hornets (10-4, 1-1) defeated Southwest (7-8, 0-2) in a District 28-5A contest April 2 at East Central.
East Central jumped on the Dragons with six runs in the bottom of the first.
Aaron Jaramillo (2-for-3, RBI) sparked the rally with a single to center field. Walks to Jeremy Almaguer, Fernando Luna and Matthew Tovar extended the inning until Carlos Gallegos and Kassidy
Ramon (2 RBIs each) contributed base hits. Jaramillo belted a double in his second at-bat of the inning.
Pena pitched five innings and Mendoza finished the game for East Central. Caleb Ybarra was 2-for-4 with two RBIs.
Senior Joseph Cerda led Southwest with a 2-for-3 hitting performance. Zachary Ponce drove in Southwest’s run.
McCollum 7, Harlandale 2
The Cowboys (9-5, 9-0) won the District 28-5A rivalry game against Harlandale with a share of first place at stake. The Indians could have tied McCollum with a win at the Frank Tejeda Complex.
Harlandale’s Nathan Reyes (2-for-4) led off the game with a single amd scored with help from Christian Slocume’s base hit. Freshman Caine Agis hit a fifth-inning triple.
McCollum took the lead with two runs in the bottom of the first. Winning pitcher Hector Arevalo’s triple brought in Jason Zertuche. Arevalo, who didn’t allow an earned run, scored on a ground out.
Cowboys senior Justin Zertuche was 2-for-3. Ralph Ramirez, A.J. Vasquez, Anthony Blackburn and Mike Ramirez each drove in runs for McCollum.
Highlands 8, Brackenridge 1
The fourth-place Owls (8-4-1, 6-2) notched an important District 28-5A win over Brackenridge (8-8, 4-5), which shares fifth with Sam Houston, March 30 at SAISD Field No. 2.
Highlands sophomore Bryan Aguilar pitched a one-hitter and struck out nine. Brayan Guerrero had the Eagles’ only hit.
Chris Ortiz (double) and John Cruz each produced two Owls hits and drove in one run apiece. Aguilar, John Cruz and David Perez also had RBIs.