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Jr. boys drop one to Refugio
by Bruce Harper
Jul 12, 2013 | 598 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
SINTON – The Refugio Junior boys had lost earlier in the tournament and had to win the first game on Wednesday night to force a second. They did just that as the Beeville Junior boys lost a close one 6-3.

A winner take all scenario existed for the second game of the night. The winner would be crowned the District 29 Junior champion and advance to sectional play in Tyler next week.

Wednesday’s first game was close, most of the way. Refugio capitalized on a Beeville error or two to get their first run. It was just a 1-0 ball game through three innings.

Refugio added two runs in the top of the fourth taking advantage of a Beeville error, an infield hit and a sacrifice fly to get the two runs. It was 3-0 heading into the bottom of the fourth.

The Beeville boys got a one out single from R.A. Barrientes and one out later a single by Edward Maldonado brought Barrientes home for the first Beeville run of the night.

The visitors, Refugio, capitalized on a couple of Beeville errors in the fifth that helped plate three Refugio runners for a 6-1 lead through four and a half frames. The Beeville boys refused to quit and got closer with two runs of their own in the bottom half of the inning.

Steve Barrera opened the home half of the fifth with a single up the middle, and Justin Gomez reached on a Refugio error. A base-clearing double off the bat of AJ Gomez brought both Beeville runners in one out later to make the score 6-3. The inning ended on a hard hit line drive off the bat of Jonathan Carrillo that the Refugio shortstop snagged for the final out.

Neither team scored over the next two innings. Beeville threatened in the sixth as Jacob Castro earned a walk and advance to second on a wild pitch. He was left stranded in scoring position as the next two hitters could not bring him across the plate.

In the bottom of the seventh, the Beeville boys needed three runs to push the game into extra innings. The Refugio pitcher allowed one base runner in the seventh, hitting AJ Gomez with a pitch but retired the other three Beeville hitters to secure the 6-3 win and force the doubleheader.

No results of that second game have been received as of press time.

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