Update for March 6, 2014
PHOTO / JEFF BERGER
Hondo sophomore catcher Hunter Eitze gets a signal from the bench during the Pleasanton tournament.
Owls drop 4 in weekend tourney
Devine -- The Hondo baseball team endured a rough weekend in the 2014 Warhorse Baseball Classic, dropping all four games in the three-day event.
The Owls (2-7) opened play at Warhorse Field last Thursday, Feb. 27, with a 9-2 loss to Marion. Later in the day, Hondo fell to Somerset, 6-4. On Friday, Navarro crushed the Owls, 14-0 in 31/2 innings. Then on Saturday, paired with Pleasanton in the seventh place game, the Owls lost 6-5.
This weekend, Hondo goes to its final tourney of the season at Somerset, with play starting Thursday, March 6. Hondo faces the host Bulldogs at 3:15 on Thursday, and plays twice on Friday, against Southwest at 8:30 a.m. and against Holy Cross at 1 p.m.
After this weekend, the next action for the Owl baseball team is next Friday, March 14, at Bridges Field, when they wrap up non-district play in a 7 p.m. game against D’Hanis.
In the tourney opener at Devine, the Marion Bulldogs scored two runs in the first, third and fourth innings, then added three more in the sixth.
Wesley Rogge had a pair of hits and an RBI for the Owls, while Hunter Eitze also drove in a run with a single.
Kyle Decker and Ryan Frosch each threw three innings for Hondo.
Later on Thursday, Somerset put up five runs in the second inning and the Owls were never able to catch up. Hondo outhit the Bulldogs, 7-4, but committed four errors, which led to five unearned runs for Somerset. Dalton Graff pitched the entire game, allowing just four hits, while striking out seven and walking two.
Graff and Decker both drove in runs with singles, while Rogge, Willie Keilman, Brian Dominguez, and Rees Saathoff all singled. Frosch’s double was the Owls’ only extra-base hit of the day.
On Friday, Navarro already led 6-0 when the Panthers unloaded for eight runs in the bottom of the fourth inning.
Seven Hondo errors led to 11 unearned runs off of Saathoff.
Graff and AJ Garcia had the Owls’ two hits for the game.
In Saturday’s game against Pleasanton, the Owls lost a one-run contest to the Eagles for the second time in a week, having lost 2-1 in the Pleasanton tourney nine days earlier.
The Owls took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first, and went back ahead 2-1 in the fifth. Pleasanton scored three times in the sixth to take a 4-2 lead, but the Owls tied it at 4-4 in the bottom of the inning. The Eagles added two more in the top of the seventh, and Hondo countered with only one run when the game ended.
Again, the Owls outhit the opposition, 9-5, but the four errors proved to be too many, leading to four unearned runs off of Garcia.
Reed Graff was 2-for-3, and Dalton Graff was 2-for-4, with both of them connecting for doubles. Garcia was 2-for-4 with an RBI, while Zach DeLeon hit a two-run double. Dominguez drove in a run and had two stolen bases.
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