Update for March 5, 2015
PHOTO / JEFF BERGER
baseman Jason Olivarez digs out a throw to force out a Bandera runner
during Pleasanton Tournament action Thursday morning. The Owls will
compete in the Devine tournament this weekend with one game Thursday,
two on Friday, and a playoff game Saturday.
PHOTO / JEFF BERGER
Zach DeLeon delivers a second inning pitch on his way to a run-rule shortened no-hitter. Hondo beat Bandera, 9-0, Thursday morning in the Pleasanton Tournament. The Owls finished the two days with a 1-1-1 record, before the cold weather forced the cancellation of Saturday’s games.
No-hitter highlights Hondo’s weekend
Pleasanton -- The Hondo Owl baseball team recorded a win, a loss and a tie in their three games last Thursday and Friday, Feb. 26-27 in the Pleasanton Tournament.
Cold and wet weather, however, kept the tournament’s final round of play from being completed on Saturday.
Last Thursday, which was the only day with pleasant weather in the past week, the Owls got a four-inning no-hitter from Zach DeLeon to beat Bandera 9-0 in their opening game.
Later in the day, Pleasanton scored a run in the bottom of the seventh inning to salvage a 2-2 tie with the Owls.
In the cold weather Friday afternoon, Sinton built a five-run lead, then held off an Owl comeback to beat Hondo, 5-3.
Thursday morning, Owl sophomore Zach DeLeon threw four innings of no-hit ball before the game with Bandera was called on the tourney’s special eight-run rule, which took effect after four innings.
Hondo put up five runs in the top of the first inning and scored in each inning after that on the way to the 9-0 win. The team collected eight hits, with two coming from Hunter Eitze. Rees Saathoff and Matt DeLeon both drove in two runs.
Zach DeLeon struck out only two Bulldog batters, but the defense did the job to preserve the no-hitter.
Thursday afternoon, the tournament time limit caught up with Hondo and Pleasanton, as they played to a 2-2 tie through seven innings.
The Eagles took the lead in the bottom of the first, but the Owls went in front on single runs in the fourth and fifth innings. A leadoff walk for Pleasanton in the bottom of the seventh, combined with an infield error, led to the Eagles’ game-tying run.
Ryan Frosch pitched six innings for the Owls.
Friday afternoon, Sinton scored single runs in the first and third, and added three in the fourth.
Hondo, held to just three hits for the game, answered with a run in the bottom of the fourth and two in the fifth before the time limit expired.
Saathoff worked the first four innings on the mound for the Owls.
Based upon their standings within their pool in the Pleasanton tourney, the Owls were scheduled to face Orange Grove on Saturday, before the final day of play was rained out.
The Owls visited Natalia on Tuesday evening, March 3, where they amazingly came back from a 13-0 deficit, putting together a 14-run sixth inning and holding on for a 26-21 victory over the Mustangs. The Devine tournament is scheduled to begin Thursday, March 5, and run through Saturday, March 7. Hondo opens play Thursday morning at 8:30 against Somerset.
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