Update for March 26, 2015
PHOTO / JEFF BERGER
Brian Dominguez beats the throw to second for a stolen base during the Pearsall Tournament earlier this season.
Owls outlast Poteet with big 5th inning
Despite allowing just one hit on the night, the Hondo Owls found themselves in a tough situation last Thursday, March 19, at Bridges Field.
Hondo trailed Poteet, which had scored six times in two innings on just the one hit, by a run heading to the bottom of the fifth.
But the Owls, who had no shortage of base hits on the night, collected five of them in the inning, coming back to score four runs for a 9-6 non-district win.
The victory marked the Owls’ fifth straight win, as their record climbed to 8-4-1 on the year. Thursday’s game was originally scheduled to have been played in Poteet last Tuesday, but the site was switched to Hondo, and the game was then delayed by two days to fit it in between the two rain systems which passed through the area.
Hondo was to have played at Crystal City on Friday, but after the team had made the 80-mile trip to the Spinach Capital, the game was called on account of rain. It will not be made up.
Hondo got things started against the Aggies with a three-run second inning. Hunter Eitze and Ryan Frosch both hit one-out singles to left field, before Dalton Graff followed with a double to center, scoring the first run. When Isaiah Quintanilla reached base on an error, two more runs scored.
A pair of Hondo errors in the top of the fourth led to two unearned Poteet runs.
The Owls got the two runs back in the bottom half of the inning to take a 5-2 lead. Frosch singled and stole second, scoring on Graff’s double to deep right. Graff scored on Quintanilla’s fly ball to left.
Poteet got its only hit of the game, a one-out infield single, to put runners at the corners in the fifth. Two walks and two errors later, the Aggies had taken a 6-5 lead.
Hondo stayed calm in the bottom of the fifth, reclaiming the lead for good.
Zach DeLeon opened the frame with a single up the middle. Eitze walked and Frosch hit his third single of the game, loading the bases. Matt DeLeon then drilled a one-out shot down the right field line, doubling home two runs. With two gone, Wesley Rogge and Brian Dominguez delivered back to back RBI singles, giving Hondo its 9-6 lead.
Graff started on the mound, working into the fifth inning, striking out eight. Nick Currie came on in relief, pitching 2 1/3 hitless innings and collecting the win to climb to 2-0 on the year.
Hondo dominates Devine; wins 29-4A opener on second straight 1-hitter
Devine -- Five first-inning doubles set the tone Tuesday night, March 24, at Warhorse Field, as the Hondo Owl baseball team won its District 29-AAAA opener with an 8-1 win over Devine.
Wesley Rogge, Brian Dominguez, Dalton Graff, Hunter Eitze and Rees Saathoff all connected for two-baggers in the top of the first inning, staking the Owls to a quick four-run lead.
Meanwhile, on the mound, starter Ryan Frosch (2-1) and reliever Nick Currie pitched a combined one-hitter -- the second straight combined one-hitter for the Hondo pitching staff.
Next up, the Owls (9-4-1 season, 1-0 district) will host Bandera in a Friday, March 27, contest at Bridges Field, and will visit Lytle on Thursday, April 2. Both games are scheduled to be 7 p.m. starts.
Devine picked up its lone run in the bottom of the first inning on a walk, a single and a ground ball. After that, the Warhorses threatened only in the third inning, putting runners at the corners, but could not get them home. Currie pitched the final three innings, and faced the minimum number of Devine batters. The only Warhorse baserunner during that stretch, a hit batter in the sixth, was erased on a Zach DeLeon to Rogge to Saathoff (6-4-3) double play.
The Owls’ only error of the game, with two gone in the second inning, was also neutralized when the Devine runner was gunned down by catcher Marcus Garcia while trying to steal second.
Hondo added to its run totals with two in the fourth and two more in the top of the seventh. In the fourth, Andrew DeLeon and Frosch hit one-out singles. The first run scored when Rogge reached base on an error, and the score climbed to 6-1 on a Dominguez single to center.
For the insurance runs in the seventh, walks to Graff and Eitze led to a two-RBI single for Saathoff.
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