The Gonzales Apaches were unable to make an early lead hold up, as the Port Lavaca Calhoun Sandcrabs escaped with a 15-3 victory at T.E. Burrows Field Tuesday night.
After holding the Crabs scoreless in the top of the first, the Tribe went to work with the bats. A two-run double by Carson Gaytan and a single by Kason Tieken drove in what would be the Tribe’s only runs of the night.
The 3-0 lead would hold until the third inning when Calhoun would break through against Apache hurler Jarren Johnson. The Sandcrabs would add another run in the top of the fifth to push the lead to 6-3 and chase Johnson from the mound.
Kason Tieken came on in relief and was uneffective, as the Crabs would plate four runs in the sixth inning and five more in the seventh to put the game away.
Issues that had seemingly been remedied reared their ugly head on Tuesday night for the Tribe as they committed four errors in the field that led to 9 of the 15 Calhoun runs being unearned. The Apache hitters also struggled at the plate, collecting only five hits and striking out 13 times.
Johnson was the pitcher of record for Gonzales, taking the loss with five innings of work, allowing six runs (one earned) on five hits, while striking out four. Tieken worked two innings and gave up nine runs (five earned) on nine hits and struck out four, as well.
Along with Gaytan’s two-run double and Tieken’s RBI single, Johnson, Jared Cook and Paul Deleon also had hits for the Apaches, who fell to 8-7 on the season.
The Apaches will have two more non-district games to prepare for District 27-4A competition. The Tribe hosts the Schulenburg Shorthorns at T.E. Burrows Field on Saturday afternoon, with the game getting underway at 1pm.
Brentwood Bears blank Tribe
The Brentwood Christian Academy Bears, a private school out of Austin, have made a habit out of scoring early and often this season as they brought a 10-0-1 record into Friday night’s game against the Apaches.
The Bears scored early, but not very often, as the Apaches held their offense in check. The Tribe was also held in check, though, as the Bears remained undefeated on the year with a 3-0 win at T.E. Burrows Field.
On First Responder Recognition Night, the Apaches sent their left-handed hurler Joe “Mucho” Canales to the hill. Canales was able to scatter seven hits across seven innings and struck out eight batters, but the Bears were able to plate single runs in the first, second and sixth innings to take the victory.
Andrew Davis and Jake Amoroso both had a pair of hits and an RBI for the Bears. Three different hurlers for the Bears held the Apache bats in check, allowing two hits and striking out 13 batters. Jared Cook and Jarren Johnson had the lone hits for the Tribe, who fell to 8-6 on the season.