The Beeville girls used their small ball trademark to down Woodsboro, 4-1, in the championship game to advance to this weekend’s Sectional tournament in New Braunfels.
“We took advantage of what they gave us. Krystal’s (Cuellar) bunt and the play of catcher Mari Gonzales on both offense and defense were big for us,” said manager Joel Barbosa.
Woodsboro defeated the local girls in an early round match that forced the Beeville team to emerge from the losers’ bracket to get to the title game. A 7-4 win over the Woodsboro girls on Wednesday evening put both teams into the championship game with a loss apiece.
Sunday’s game was to be the decider. Anika Barbosa started for Beeville in the circle and threw a three-hit, 11-strikeout, two-walk performance at Woodsboro to get the win.
The Beeville girls scored first with a run in the top of the second. Adri Baltazar led off with a bunt base hit and was followed by an infield hit off the bat of Amanda Gonzales. A walk to Krystal Cuellar loaded the bases. Baltazar then streaked home on a passed ball for the 1-0 Beeville lead.
Woodsboro tied the game with a run of its own in the bottom of the third. The game turned in the fourth as Lynn Puente started things off with a leadoff walk. Two outs later Cuellar came through with a bunt hit and a throwing error on the play allowed Puente to score with Cuellar reaching second.
A fielder’s choice grounder to short off the bat of Alyssa Bates produced the second run of the frame as Bates elicited a bad throw that sailed over the first baseman’s head, allowing Cuellar to scamper home for a 3-1 Beeville lead.
The local girls got an insurance run in the top of the seventh with Mari Gonzales working for a free pass to leadoff the inning. Another Woodsboro error helped Andrea Briseno reach and moved Gonzales to third.
Gonzales tried to score on a wild pitch but the carom came right back to the Woodsboro catcher and Gonzales was stuck in a possible rundown but the throw back to third from the catcher went wide and Gonzales scored to make it a 4-1 contest.
Barbosa struck out the first two batters in the bottom of the final inning before giving up a single to Woodboro.
Barbosa got the next batter to ground out to second to put the finishing touches on the win.
Mari Gonzales, Cuellar, Baltazar, Amanda Gonzales and Ciara Garcia each had base hits for the Beeville girls in the win.
The District 29 champs will begin play in the Sectional tournament on Saturday with a 7 p.m. contest against the District 31 champs.