Edna ousts Calhoun in Little League tournament
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Neither team wanted to go home. But, elimination was in someone's future when Edna and Calhoun took the field Thursday night in the District 27 Little League baseball tournament.
The searing sun, setting in right-center field, didn't provide a deterrent for hitters from either side.
In a game that featured six lead changes and three home runs, Edna eventually eliminated Calhoun 13-11 in a loser's bracket game in the 11-12 year-old All-Star tournament.
Caleb Cude hit an RBI single to cut the Calhoun deficit to 13-11 in the sixth inning. They loaded the bases, but grounded out to the pitcher to end the game.
"It was a great experience because we learned new things," said Calhoun's Seth Flores.
Reese Orsak picked up the win for Edna in a wild contest. Orsak said he was more nervous during Thursday's win, than when Edna beat Calhoun 6-0 Monday night.
"When I was in center field I was thinking 'I do not want them to come back' Orsak recalled. "I didn't want to lose."
Calhoun took a 6-2 lead in the second inning, but Edna immediately responded to retake the lead. Flores hit a long home run to tie the game a second time. Flores said his team never got down, even when they were losing.
Flores might have hit one home run, but Edna's Ronaldo Saenz hit two Thursday night. In three games in the District 27 tournament, Saenz has hit four home runs.
Orsak said Saenz is a beast and his second home run was more impressive than his first. When Saenz hit his second home run, Calhoun's left fielder, simply turned his shoulders and watched the ball go over the scoreboard.
"It was fun to win," Orsak said. "It was exciting, it was close and we get to play again."
Unfortunately, the run ended for the 11-12 year-old All-Stars from Runge. They fell to Northwest Victoria 20-4 in an elimination game Thursday.
Despite losing by a large margin, Runge never quit. Jaden Esparza hit a two RBI double off the fence when Runge was down to its last strike in the fourth inning. His teammate Justin Torres also added a RBI single.
Runge and Yorktown combined their Little Leagues to comprise an All-Star team this year. Though they were eliminated, few of the 10 boys on the team were too shaken up about it.
"This run has been exciting for these kids," said Runge head coach Mark Torres. "They haven't had a run like this for a while."
For the first time in years, Runge won a game in the district tournament. Torres said seven of his boys are 11 years old, so they figure to be back next year - and make a deeper run in the district tournament.
In Thursday's winner's bracket games for the 11-12 year-old All-Stars Victoria Northeast beat Victoria Southeast 13-0, while Victoria Southwest beat Goliad 5-4.
9-10 All-Stars to play again
Victoria Southeast scored in bunches as they forced a winner-take-all game to decide the District 27 Little League 9-10 year-old All-Star tournament. Southeast scored eight runs in the fourth and another six in the fifth inning to beat Victoria Southwest 18-8.
Thursday's win means the teams will square off for a third time Friday night at 7 p.m. at the Victoria Youth Sports Complex.
Zach Gutierrez walked with the bases loaded to invoke the mercy rule in the fifth inning. His teammate Jared Tipton scored three times, while five others scored twice. Colton Salas scored twice and hit a two RBI double for Southwest in a loss.