LITTLE LEAGUE: Ganado all-stars beat Edna; SE All-Star win
GANADO - A combined 20 runs, 10 pitchers and a liberal distribution of walks are how a Little League baseball game can take nearly three hours to complete.
Ganado beat Jackson County rival Edna 14-6 in the first game of the District 27 Area II playoffs Monday night for 9 and 10 year olds. Edna led the game at one point, but the Ganado responded with 10 runs in the final three innings to pull away.
"At first I thought it was going to be close, but in the end it was good," said Ganado cleanup hitter Luke Prove.
Prove, pronounced pro-vee, was an All-Star last year. But for many of the boys on both teams, Monday night was their first postseason experience.
It was evident before the first pitch when the coaches for both teams had to instruct their players where to lineup along their respective baselines once they were introduced. Once the first pitch was flung those nerves went away for both teams.
Ganado scored three runs in the top of the first inning. Edna quickly tied the game when Malachai Brigham and Cayden Tipton each hit RBI singles.
"He had some good pitching and awesome catching," Edna's Logan Carroll said of Brigham. "He had some good hits and he was our best player tonight."
Logan Long hit a 2-RBI single in the second inning to give Edna a 5-4 lead. From there, it was all Ganado. Clayton Plant scored four runs, Prove scored three, and ever one of the Ganado boys in the starting lineup either scored a run, or drove one in.
"That felt great," Carroll said of the temporary lead. "At first I thought we had it, but they had some good hits and some good plays. We had some good plays too, but that is how the game is."
Though both teams are a few years away from high school, they wore the colors of their respective communities, so Edna wore blue, while Ganado wore maroon.
Ganado advances to play Industrial Tuesday at 8 p.m. Edna will hope to stave off elimination Wednesday night against the loser of Tuesday's Victoria Southeast-Calhoun game.
Second inning explosion paces Victoria SE
Victoria Southeast Little League scored nine runs in the second inning to take control of its opening game of the District 27 Area II playoffs Monday night.
Victoria Southeast led 13-2 as of press time Monday night. Starting pitcher Xander Mahan allowed an unearned run in the top of the first and that was it.
Northeast drew five walks, including a pair with the bases loaded, to open up the floodgates against the other Victoria team in the six-team competition. Mahan (2-for-3, 2RBIs, 3R) led off the second inning with one of the five walks.
After the explosion Southeast nearly began the third inning without a right fielder. But, Dashay Caliento ran out to field his position just in time to be a part of the third inning.
Jasper Gonzales, Isiah Salas and leadoff hitter Jarod Tipton all scored twice for Victoria Southeast in the victory.
Andrew Alexander hit an infield single in the top of the fourth to bring in Manuel Mendez for Victoria Northeast's second run of the night.
The game was delayed nearly an hour, as the preceding game between Ganado and Edna took nearly three hours.