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Quintanilla pitches Refugio to district-opening win

By MIKE FORMAN
March 5, 2012 at 11:04 p.m.
Updated March 4, 2012 at 9:05 p.m.


REFUGIO - Travis Quintanilla has only pitched twice this season, but it's difficult to tell.

Quintanilla began the season by striking out 20 and throwing a no-hitter against Industrial.

He continued the mastery in Refugio's District 31-2A opener against Odem on a chilly Monday night.

Quintanilla pitched a one-hitter with 17 strikeouts to lead the Bobcats to a 6-0 win.

"Going over to Industrial, I was real focused," Quintanilla said. "Coming back from football, I was just thinking about being focused on pitching the one game. I did the same tonight. I went out there with confidence and just pitched my game like I usually do."

Quintanilla led the Bobcats to the Class 2A, Division II state championship in football by throwing for 3,994 yards and 53 touchdowns.

He completed his sophomore season of football be being named the Class 2A player of the year, and he has carried his skills into baseball.

"He established some confidence through the football season and that confidence has carried over," said Refugio coach Armando Huerta. "There's no doubt he's a dominant player and as long as he maintains that confidence and continues to pitch and be smart, he'll be fine."

Quintanilla's first nine outs came on strikeouts and he finished the game by striking out the side in the seventh inning. He allowed only two walks and a second-inning double by Aaron Moore that was just inside the first-base line.

The Bobcats (7-0) supported Quintanilla with errorless defense, and catcher Jared Contreras threw out a runner trying to steal second base.

"I threw mostly fastballs and curveballs and every once in a while a changeup," Quintanilla said. "They hit a couple of balls and the defense backed me up."

Refugio had seven hits against the Owls (5-5). Colton Carroll went 2 for 4 with a two-run home run in the fifth inning, and Richard Tuttle, who was 3 for 3, added a solo shot in the sixth. Louie Whetsel went 2 for 4 with a triple and stole two bases.

"In the five years I've been here this lineup is as complete as I've ever had," Huerta said. "One through nine, any kid is capable of having a big day. Today our eight hole (Tuttle) hits a home run and it's his second of the season. That's what is going to make us special eventually is our pitching and the strength of our lineup."

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