Having met the Mathis Pirates in their opening round game last Friday, the Beeville boys met up with the young Pirates again on Monday night in an elimination bracket contest. The Beeville bats provided all the firepower necessary in a 10-2 victory.
The win eliminated Mathis and moved the Beeville squad against the loser of the two remaining undefeated teams in the tourney, Banquete and George West.
In Monday’s contest, the Beeville boys got going in the bottom of the first as Gabriel Carranco drew a one-out walk that opened the flood gates for the Mathis hurler. Three more walks were issued over the next four batters to force in Carranco with the game’s first run.
The Beeville bats got on track in the bottom of the second. A leadoff double by Caleb Marshall was followed by an inside-the-park home run to right by Logan Kimbrough to make it a 3-0 ball game.
Matthew Perez continued the inning with a hard-hit double off the fence in right that drove in two more runs. Carranco and C.J. Arguijo earned free passes in front of the power hitting Beeville catcher and scampered across the plate on Perez’s two-bagger. Perez scored a little later in the inning on a wild pitch to give the Beeville boys five runs in the frame and a 6-0 lead.
Arguijo pitched his third straight shutout inning in the third and the Beeville squad added another two runs in the home half of the inning. Logan Schanen scored after opening with a walk and Kimbrough singled and also came home on a couple of passed balls after stealing second.
The lead was 8-0 heading into the top of the fourth. Mathis scored its two runs in the frame to edge a little closer at 8-2, but the Beeville boys were still in control.
Beeville answered Mathis’ two runs with two of their own in the bottom of the fourth. A triple by Matthew Gomez was followed by a line drive shot from Perez that cleared the fence in right for his second home run in two games (Perez homered in the 18-0 win on Sunday night over Three Rivers). The two runs made it a 10-2 score with just a couple of innings left to play.
Mathis was held scoreless in both frames, and the Beeville major boys went on to record the 10-2 victory.
Banquete lost to George West in the nightcap on Monday evening and met the surging Beeville boys on Tuesday evening to see who would play in Wednesday’s possible title showdown game.
Beeville’s power was the difference as the local lads captured an 11-2 win over the young Bulldogs.
The win means Beeville will face the unbeaten Longhorns, and the local boys must win two games to advance past the district tournament. The Longhorns posted a 3-2 win over the Beeville squad in the tourney’s second round.
The Beeville boys wanted another shot at the ’Horns, according to the coaches.