Titans use fast start to capture win
April 21, 2012 at 10:04 p.m.
Updated April 21, 2012 at 11:22 p.m.
PORT LAVACA - Victoria East scored four runs before recording an out, added another before taking the field and scored three more times in its next at-bat.
"We came out playing, putting the ball in play and putting the pressure on them," said right fielder Hunter Perkins. "We're just going to get mentally prepared and physically prepared for the playoffs to come."
The Titans used the fast start to claim an 11-6 District 30-4A win over Calhoun on Saturday at Sandcrab Field.
East (17-10), which is locked into the second seed in District 30-4A, improved to 7-2 in a game that was scheduled to be played Friday night, but was postponed because of rain.
"You want to jump on the opponent, especially being the visiting team," said East coach Wes Kolle. "You want to go out and give your pitcher some run support and we did a good job."
The Titans had four hits in the first inning, including run-scoring doubles by Jonathan Ortega and Trey Thormahlen, and an RBI single by Mason Tipton.
East was aided by a strong wind blowing out, but Perkins didn't need the help when he launched a two-run home run over the left-field fence in the second inning.
"He's been seeing the ball pretty good all week long and he got some good wood on it and it went out today with the wind," Kolle said. "But the wind wouldn't have mattered with that one."
Calhoun (13-9, 3-6) made a game of it by batting around and scoring five runs on four hits to cut the deficit to 9-6 in the fifth inning.
"It's the old saying you've got to get off the bus and play," said Calhoun coach Santos Alvarado. "You've got to be ready to play and we weren't ready to start. They did hit the ball.
"They hit the ball the first two innings, but you can't give them extra outs. That's been our Achilles' Heel most of the year."
The Sandcrabs' third passed ball of the game aided East's two-run sixth inning, which included a run-scoring single by Dylan Rab, one of a number of reserves Kolle inserted into the game.
"We got a lot of guys in the ball game," Kolle said. "We're already in the playoffs and we're trying to get some depth and get some guys ready to roll because we're going to need the whole army come the playoffs. Everybody's been working their tail off so it's nice for them to get in there and get a chance and produce."
East starting pitcher Michael Garcia worked into the fifth inning before being relieved by Ryan Williams, who finished the game.
"We still got to do a better job of pitching with the lead and attacking the strike zone," Kolle said. "We're coming around. Mike did a good job for us."
Calhoun can still clinch the fourth and final playoff seed with a win at home against Gregory-Portland on Friday or a Floresville loss to Victoria West.
East closes out district play against Beeville at Riverside Stadium on Friday.
"I felt like we got a little lazy, but then picked it back up," Perkins said. "We just need to eliminate errors, put the ball in play and keep playing hard."
Victoria East 11, Calhoun 6
Victoria East 530 102 0 - 11 11 2
Calhoun 100 050 0 - 6 8 5
Michael Garcia, Ryan Williams (5) and Mason Tipton, J.J. Garcia (5). Clayton Kveton, Edward Romero (1), Devean Ureste (3), Joe Barges (4) and Dustin Canales. W: M. Garcia. L: Kveton. S: Williams.
HR: (E) Hunter Perkins (2-run). 2B: (E) Jonathan Ortega, Trey Thormahlen, Robert Gleinser; (C) Canales.
Highlights: (E) Thormahlen 2 for 2, 2B, 2 R, RBI, SB; Perkins 1 for 1, HR, 2 R, 2 RBIs. (C ) Devean Cantu 2 for 5, 2 R; Canales 2 for 3, 2B, 2 RBIs; Royce Williams 2 for 4.
Records: East 17-10, 7-2; Calhoun 13-9, 3-6.