The Beeville squad held off a charging Orange Grove Bulldog team, 8-7, to advance to the title game against host George West on Sunday night.
Beeville lost a close 8-6 game against the Longhorn squad earlier in the tournament and would need to defeat the undefeated GW boys in two games to advance to the sectional tournament.
Beeville opened the top of the first with one run as Orlando Martinez led off with a single. He moved to second and into scoring position on a walk to Isaiah Moreno. Martinez moved to third on a fielder’s choice off the bat of Jordan Sandoval and then scored on a wild pitch later in the inning to give the Beeville boys an early 1-0 lead.
Moreno was on the mound for Beeville and worked a 1-2-3 first inning, but ran into a little trouble in the bottom of the second. A leadoff single was erased on a fine double play, but then three consecutive errors by the Beeville defense put Orange Grove on the scoreboard with two runs to take a 2-1 lead.
The lead did not last long as Beeville pushed five runs across the plate in the top of the third. Sandoval, Adrian Gomez, Paul Wessels, Brandon Reyna and Jacob Perez scored for Beeville. Three walks and a hit batter helped the Beeville cause. Jeremy Cardenas bunted for a hit, and Wyatt Blackwell and Martinez both drove in runs on sacrifice fly balls.
Orange Grove got back into the game with a three-run outburst in the bottom of the third to make it a 6-5 game half way through the contest.
Beeville got one run in the fourth as Wessels earned a one-out walk. Another free pass to Perez and a single by Blackwell loaded the bases, still with one out. Roland Gonzales hit a hard grounder to first, which was handled by the OG first baseman for an unassisted out, but Wessels scampered home on the play for a 7-5 Beeville lead.
Blackwell came on in relief of Moreno with one out in the bottom of the fourth and shut down the Bulldogs over his three innings of work. Gomez came on for Beeville to try to pitch the final two-thirds of the sixth frame.
Beeville added what would be an important insurance run in the top of the fifth. Moreno singled with one out. A walk to Donovan Crisp and a single by Gomez brought him around to score to give Beeville an 8-5 advantage heading into the bottom of the sixth.
Blackwell got the first out of the sixth, but was relieved by Gomez on pitch count concerns. Gomez struck out the first batter he faced, but gave up a single to right and then hit two batters to load the bases with two outs. Gomez then issued a walk to bring in one run. Gomez was then relieved by Martinez.
Another Beeville walk brought in the second Orange Grove run to pull the Bulldogs within one run at 8-7. Martinez then settled down and on the first pitch to the next hitter, got him to pop up to the pitcher’s mound for the final out.
Editor’s note: The major boys took care of business on Sunday with a 10-5 win over George West. A final game for the District 29 championship between the two remaining teams was played on Monday at 7 p.m. in George West. Look for the write-up of that story in the weekend edition of the Bee-Picayune.