Arevalo blanks Burbank, keeps McCollum unbeaten
AREA TEAMS INCLUDED: Burbank, Jefferson, Holy Cross, Lanier, McCollum, Sam Houston.
Jefferson swept its two games during the week of April 5-11 and finished it with three wins in a four-game span.
The Mustangs (5-11, 4-7) finished the week with a 10-0, five-inning win against Sam Houston (8-9, 4-7) April 11 on SAISD Field No. 1. The teams were tied for sixth in the district.
Jefferson took a 3-0 lead in the first inning. The Mustangs added two runs in both the third and fourth innings. Jefferson invoked the 10-run rule with four runs in the sixth.
Sophomore Victor Morales pitched a five-hit shutout, striking out 10. At bat, Morales went 2-for-4.
Greg Gonzales drove in three runs and Michael Avalos collected two RBIs. Senior Dylan Rodriguez
was 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI. Santiago Rymers produced two hits.
Morales had enough recovery time after pitching Jefferson’s 7-5 win over Lanier (2-14, 1-9) 7-5 April 7 at SAISD Field No. 2. The sophomore struck out 14 in that game and allowed two earned runs. He also produced two hits and two RBIs — both team-bests.
The Mustangs overcame a 4-0 deficit the Voks built over the first two innings. The Mustangs scored two runs in the third and took the lead with four in the fourth. Jefferson increased its lead to 7-4 in the sixth and held on when Lanier scored in its final at-bat.
Gonzales, Rymers and senior Weston Redding all drove in Jefferson runs.
McCollum 1, Burbank 0
The first-place Cowboys (11-5, 11-0) received their biggest threat to their undefeated status in District 28-5A April 10 at Tejada Field. Fourth-place Burbank (9-7, 7-3) limited McCollum to six hits behind senior pitcher Conrad Perez.
McCollum senior Hector Arevalo earned the win with a three-hit shutout. Arevalo threw just 81 pitches, striking out seven and walking one.
Arevalo (2-for-3, RBI) also drove in the winning run in the fifth inning. Jason Zertuche led off the inning with a single and stole second ahead of the hit to the single through the right side of the diamond.
McCollum also defeated Sam Houston 7-3 April 7 at SAISD Field No. 1. The Cowboys scored six runs in their first at-bat. The Hurricanes rallied and scored all of their runs in the bottom of the seventh, two on a double from Danny Campos.
Following a pair of walks, Ralph Ramirez (2-for-4) singled and A.J. Vasquez (2 RBIs) doubled to trigger the first-inning outbreak. Justin Zertuche (2 RBIs) singled and Mark Villarreal added a double.
Holy Cross 8, Texas Military Institute 6
The Knights (12-7, 6-2) split a pair of games with Victoria St. Joseph and defeated TMI for the second time in the TAPPS District 4-4A season during the week of April 5-11.
Jeremy Martinez led Holy Cross with three hits and an RBI at TMI April 11. Augie Gutierrez smashed two hits and drove in two runs. Chris Rodriguez also drove in two runs.
Holy Cross edged St. Joseph 3-2 April 6 as the Knights scored all of their runs in the last two innings in Victoria. Rodriguez pounded a team-high two hits and collected the game-winning RBI. The Flyers notched their revenge 12-8 a day later in San Antonio.
Freshman left-hander Jaime Ramirez and Martinez split pitching duties for the Knights.
Holy Cross edged St. Joseph 3-2 April 6 as the Knights scored all of their runs in the last two innings in Victoria. Rodriguez pounded a team-high two hits and collected the game-winning RBI. Martinez and Dylan de la Garza also drove in runs. Gus Aguirre walked and scored the winning run in the top of the seventh.
The Flyers notched their revenge 12-8 a day later in San Antonio.