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El Campo beats Bay City in possible final district meeting

By MIKE FORMAN
April 18, 2012 at midnight
Updated April 17, 2012 at 11:18 p.m.


EL CAMPO - Bay City and El Campo will no longer be district opponents, but games between the long-time opponents will continue to be special.

"Either way it's always going to be a rivalry between Bay City and El Campo," said El Campo shortstop Logan Howard. "It's good to beat them since they got us last game."

The Ricebirds took an early lead and went on to a 9-4 win over the Blackcats on Tuesday night at Youth Memorial Park.

El Campo (17-8) improved to 7-5 in District 23-4A play and maintained at least a share of second place in what could be the last district game between two of the state's oldest rivals.

"I actually emailed their AD knowing we want to keep the rivalry going," said El Campo coach Russell Krenek. "We both have an open date the first game of district so I'm kind of hoping we can play them."

Howard helped make the finale a success for the Ricebirds with a sacrifice fly in a four-run second inning and a three-run double in a four-run third.

"I've been in a slump lately so it was nice to have some hits fall," Howard said. "It was the same approach. Just hit the ball. Try to hit it where they are not."

Howard went 3 for 3 with a walk, two doubles and four RBIs. He also stole a base and made some good defensive plays for the Ricebirds, who did not commit an error.

"He played well in the field, he played well at the plate, and he ran the bases well," Krenek said. "All around, he played well. Tip your hat to him, he did a great job."

Beau Talley started and pitched six shutout innings for El Campo. He scattered five hits, walked one and struck out five.

The Ricebirds needed only one hit in the second and three in the third to score eight times thanks to six walks.

"Anytime we can put up a four spot that's good in a baseball game and you do it twice that's great," Krenek said. "We hang onto second place again. We're in a good spot."

Dylan Pointer had three hits, including a three-run double in the seventh for Bay City, which dropped to 7-17 and 2-10 in district.

One of the Blackcats' district wins was a 5-4 decision over El Campo when the teams played in Bay City.

The Ricebirds hadn't forgotten and made sure the possible final district meeting between the teams had a different outcome.

"That was sour, very sour," Krenek said. "It left a bitter taste so we were itching to get back here and we knew we had them here at our place. So sweet revenge I guess you can call it."

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