A long, emotionally draining 11-10 victory on Monday night against El Campo left the Beeville girls with little in their reserve tanks to take on Hallettsville in the championship round.
“We were flat,” said manager Joel Barbosa.
Hallettsville took advantage of every Beeville mistake in the game and there were a few. A five-run, two-out rally got the Hallettsville team out front and took away any of the steam that might still have been in the Beeville squad.
The local ladies did not quit but they had trouble at the plate and in the field. Everything they hit went right to a Hallettsville defender who made the play.
The opposite was true for Hallettsville. Every pop up and every ground ball found a crack in the Beeville defense.
It was a 5-0 contest at the end of two innings. Hallettsville added a single run in the third which the Beeville girls matched in the home half of the inning. Tristian Moore led off the Beeville third with a base hit and promptly stole second base. Alyssa Bates followed with another base hit through the Hallettsville infield to push Moore to third base.
A passed ball brought Moore in from third, but that would be it as the next three batters went down in order to limit the Beeville rally to just one run.
The scoreboard was at 5-1 through three complete innings of play.
Hallettsville added another single run in the fourth and then capped off the contest with a four-run outburst in the top of the fifth for an 11-1, 10-run rule victory that eliminated the Beeville girls from further play.
This year’s team won the District 29 title for the second straight time and advanced to the final round of the Section IV tournament for another good year.
Manager Barbosa expressed his gratitude for the never-ending fan support from the Beeville community and also wanted to acknowledge the BLL board for the monetary contribution that allowed the Junior girls to compete in the sectional tournament.
“Special recognition should also go to the following girls for achieving not only back-to-back District 29 titles but a Sectional Championship and State Tournament appearance. This group of girls has also amassed an impressive 14-4 record as a group,” Barbosa said.
“They will definitely be remembered as one of the ‘winning-est’ groups of girls in our community. Those girls that played both years include Adriana Baltazar, Krystal Cuellar, Eddika Ortega, Amanda Gonzales, Lynnisa Puente and Anika Barbosa.”