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Longhorns Advance to regional quarterfinals
by Christina Rowland staff
May 22, 2012 | 1672 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print

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MATHIS- The George West Longhorns continue their winning streak, by beating the previously undefeated Refugio Bobcats 6-5 in the 2A area playoff game Saturday night.

The Longhorns started off the game strong with four runs in the first inning.

According to head coach Chuck Pawelek, standout offensive players included Brady Jones and Jeffrey Hardwick.

Jones walked a couple of times and stole two bases.

“He is a real smart base runner,” Pawelek said.

Jones also brought in the deciding run in the sixth inning.

Hardwick had four walks in the game to help the Longhorn offense.

Picking up base hits for the GW boys were Jones, Andrew Katzfey, Bobby Torres, Caleb Montgomery and Derek Cantu.

“We had a lot of walks,” Pawelek said.

The Refugio pitcher, Travis Quintanilla had trouble finding the strike x=zone in the first two innings aided the Longhorn cause, helping to secure and hold their lead.

Standout defensive players included Torres, Derek Cantu and Barcak, according to Pawelek.

“Torres had five PO (put outs),” Pawelek said. “Derek Cantu had a nice double play and Barcak (Lukas) had a nice diving catch.”

Overall Pawelek said he was very impressed with his outfielders.

Senior pitcher Tyler Townsend pitched the whole game.

“He has been our go -to guy all year,” Pawelek said.

Though Pawelek said he had thoughts of pulling him for the final inning, but changed his mind.

“If we were to lose, I wanted to lose with the guy that got us here (to playoffs),” Pawelek said.

Pawelek, like all the team, was excited to beat the Refugio Bobcats. When the final out was made in Saturday night’s game, the team erupted in cheers, high fives and hugs. The Refugio Bobcats had a 24-0 record coming into the game and based on stats were expected to win.

“In one game, sometimes the better team doesn’t win,” Pawelek said.

Leading up to this game, the Bobcats had a three weeks off from playing any games. There were two weeks between regular play and playoffs and the first week of the playoffs, the Bobcats had a bye so this was their first time to take the field. The Longhorns got out all their playoff jitters out way last week during the series against Stockdale.

With two playoff wins under their belts, the Longhorns plan to keep moving forward.

They are still practicing everyday and this week Pawelek said they will focus on bunting. He confessed he felt it was a weak point in Saturday’s game. There was only one successful bunt among the multiple tries. Bunting is another way to put the ball in play and Pawelek feels that is important.

“If you can get the ball in play, you can put pressure on the other team,” he said.

This Friday George West will start their second best two out three series during the regional quarterfinal against Luling. Game one is Friday at 7 p.m. in Pleasanton.
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