Warriors get 14 hits in run-rule win
March 16, 2012 at 11:03 p.m.
Updated March 15, 2012 at 10:16 p.m.
Hitting can be contagious and Victoria West appears to have caught the bug.
The Warriors banged out 14 hits in a 15-5 win over Rockport-Fulton in a game that was stopped in the bottom of the fifth inning because of the 10-run mercy rule on Friday at Riverside Stadium.
"The last two games we've been hitting the ball real well," said West coach Manuel Alvarado. "We did a good job with two outs. We scored a lot of runs with two outs. We had the kids taking a lot of pitches today, the pitchers were all over the place. Overall we did a good job at the plate."
Alvarado had a lot to be pleased with as the Warroris (5-7) bounced back from an ugly loss to Corpus Christi King on Thursday.
Every player in the starting lineup had a hit and West scored nine of its runs with two outs, including the final five.
"We've been practicing on our hitting a lot," said senior Michael Mikulenka, "so to put it on the field feels real good."
Mikulenka, Blake Staff, Miles Manning and Jayce Serrano each had two hits, as the Warriors scored in all five innings and had hits in four innings.
Manning and Colin Payne each hit doubles. West stole seven bases and Koby Bynum executed a suicide squeeze with Payne on third.
"That team is very aggressive and very solid at the plate," said Rockport-Fulton coach Richard Vossen, who used five pitchers in an attempt to slow the West offense.
The run support was more than enough for Mikulenka, who worked into the fifth inning before being relieved by Austin Davis.
"I felt pretty good," Mikulenka said. "I had a long rest. I just had to go out there and throw strikes and help my team out and get the win."
Mikulenka scattered six hits, struck out struck out four without walking batter and yielded only one earned run.
"He did a great job," Alvarado said. "He's been doing that for us all year. We just haven't been able to support him. We've made a lot of errors behind him. He goes out there and competes and does his job."
West committed three errors that led to four runs for the Pirates (6-4-1).
Alvarado wants the Warriors to play better defensively Monday against Schulenburg as they prepare for Friday's District 30-4A opener against Calhoun at Riverside Stadium.
"I'd just like for us to be a little bit more sound on defense," he said. "Doing the little things right. We still made three errors tonight. We've just got to concentrate more and do the simple things we're supposed to do."
Victoria West 15, Rockport-Fulton 5
Rockport-Fulton 100 31 - 5 8 2
Victoria West 341 25 - 15 14 3
Two outs when game-ending run scored
Reid Wagner, Seth Culver (2), Johnny Zamudio (3), Troy Kowxzywski (4), Ray Allen (5) and Riley Pash, Carson Jahn (4). Michael Mikulenka, Austin Davis (5) and A.J. Kuester. W: Mikulenka. L: Wagner. 2B: (RF) Carson Jahn; (W) Miles Manning, Colin Payne. Highlights: (RF) Wagner 1 for 1, RBI, SB; C. Jahn 2 for 2, 2B, R; Matt Berckmoes 2 for 2. (W) Blake Staff 2 for 2, 3 BB, 2 R, 2 SB; Manning 2 for 4, 2B, 2 R, 3 RBIs; Mikulenka 2 for 4, RBI; Jayce Serrano 2 for 3, 2 R; Payne 1 for 2, 2B, 2 R, 2 RBIs; Koby Bynum 1 for 3, R, 3 RBIs, SB; Seth Harrison 2 for 3, 2 R, RBI, 4 SB. Records: Rockport-Fulton 6-4-1; West 5-7.