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Refugio claims milestone win over Bishop

By MIKE FORMAN
April 26, 2012 at 11:01 p.m.
Updated April 25, 2012 at 11:26 p.m.

Travis Quintanilla pitches for the Refrugio Bobcats on Thursday evening. The Bobcats beat Bishop 4-2 for the District 31-2A district title and the first undefeated baseball season in school history. AMANDA STEEN/ASTEEN@VICAD.COM

REFUGIO - Louie Whetsel missed two days of school this week with the flu, but he's feeling much better.

The freshman hit a two-run double in the bottom of the sixth inning to lead Refugio to a 4-2 win over Bishop on Thursday night.

The win lifts the Bobcats to the District 31-2A championship with their first undefeated season in school history. Refugio finished the regular season at 22-0 and went 14-0 in district while giving Armando Huerta win No. 100 in his fifth season as head coach.

"We had several goals on the line," Huerta said. "Undefeated home season, undefeated district championship and we were at 99 wins. It just so happened when we got about one-third of the way into the season we realized there were 22 games and we started the season with 78 wins in the last four years so it was just set up perfectly. These kids have been here through all that, especially the seniors. So it's a milestone not just for me personally, but for this program."

A season-best crowd of about 300 watched Bishop (20-4-1, 12-2) jump out to leads of 1-0 and 2-1 before the Bobcats rallied.

"We don't lose at home that's how we are here. We're Refugio," Louie Whetsel said. "It's all about being a team and being one and not putting it on one player."

Bishop had two hits and took advantage of Refugio's lone error to score a run in the first inning.

After the Bobcats tied the game on John Wesley Shipp's fielder's choice grounder in the bottom of the inning, the Badgers went ahead on Hunter Smith's solo home run off of Refugio starter Travis Quintanilla in the second.

"It was kind of running through my body like 'Oh my God, we're down 2-1,' Quintanilla said. "A guy just hit a bomb off of me and I was a little mad, but everybody hits off good pitchers. You got to give it to my team, because they keep me up and that's what a team is all about."

Quintanilla, who threw 75 of his 113 pitches for strikes, yielded only one hit and one walk the rest of the game, while striking out 10 and retiring 17 of the final 19 batters.

"He didn't have his best outing early on," Huerta said. "He was not locating his fastball and he was definitely not close with the curveball. After the home run.he had not a single strikeout up until that point and they hit the home run and he snaps out of it and he competes. He stayed the course and pitched a pretty dominant game after the fact."

The Bobcats tied the game in the fifth on a bloop double by Jared Contreras and an error on a grounder by Shiloh Whetsel.

Louie Whetsel came to bat with runners on first and second and one out in the sixth and delivered the decisive hit.

"Being a leadoff hitter and going 0 for 2 with a groundout and a popout, you're do," Whetsel said. "It was a big part of the game and you've got to be a clutch hitter. It was a fastball about mid-high and I hit it the other way and just drove in two."

District 31-2A

Refugio 4, Bishop 2

Bishop 110 000 0 -- 2 4 1

Refugio 100 012 x - 4 6 1

Joseph Rubio and Hunter Smith. Travis Quintanilla and Jared Contreras. W: Quintanilla (9-0). L: Rubio (7-2). HR: (B) Smith (solo). 2B: (R) Jared Contreras, Louie Whetsel. Highlights: (B) Allen Scott 2 for 3, R; Smith 1 for 3, HR. (R) L. Whetsel 1 for 3, 2B, R, 2 RBIs; Quintanilla 7 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 10 K, 1 BB, 2 for 4; Justin Padilla 1 for 1, R Records: Bishop 20-4-1, 12-2; Refugio 22-0, 14-0. Note: Refugio clinches district championship.

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