“We jumped out on them and had them on the ropes early. We played a pretty complete game up until the seventh inning,” said S-T head coach Cody Fields.
The S-T boys put up five runs in the home half of the first inning. Two more runs in the second inning gave the ’Cats a comfortable 7-0 lead.
Mathis got one run in the top of the third but could not dent the scoreboard again until the top of the seventh and final inning of regulation. The Pirates tied things up with a six-run outburst that evened the scoreboard at 7-7, pushing the game into extra innings.
The Bobcats had not scored since the second inning but got back on track offensively and pushed across the winning run in the bottom of the eighth to earn the tight 8-7 victory.
T.J. Amador had a great night at the plate for the Bobcats. Amador went 4-5 with six RBIs. He smashed a grand slam in the first and also stroked a double in the second. S-T hurler Aaron Hughes worked the first six innings for the Bobcats, giving up four earned runs and striking out seven Pirates. Brandon East relieved Hughes and went the final two innings to get the Bobcat victory.
S-T’s Jonathan Hernandez had three hits in three official plate appearances with two RBIs. Kyle Nelson went 2-3 with two runs scored. Sebastian Hernandez also had two hits in three trips to the plate, scoring three times in the win.
“We have struggled to finish games as of late. We have gone into extras the last three games,” said Fields.
“It is good for character building to learn to keep fighting, but we have to learn to put people away when we have the chance. We wanted to start the second round off with a win and were able to do that, so it was a good night.”
The Bobcats travel to Taft on Friday night and will host Banquete on Saturday with the JV game beginning at 5 p.m.