Cuero beats No. 7 Yoakum in district play
March 23, 2012 at 3:23 a.m.
YOAKUM - Cuero pitcher Jordan Boothe knew Yoakum was ranked No. 7 in the state, but he wasn't overly concerned.
"I came into this game fully confident," Boothe said. "I told the team yesterday, I texted them all and told them not to believe all the hype and not to be intimidated by them. Just come in and let the game play itself."
The game played out Cuero's way and the Gobblers captured a 10-7 District 28-3A win on Thursday night.
Cuero (8-5-3, 2-1) got on base and forced the Bulldogs (10-2, 3-1) into a number of fielding and mental miscues.
Cuero had scored its first four runs without a hit against Yoakum starter Adam Hunter, and finished the game with only five hits. But the Gobblers stole eight bases in nine attempts, and Yoakum committed five errors.
"Against a pitcher like that you've got to force the issue and make things happen," said Cuero coach Scott Holder. "Once you get on, you've got to make things happen and our game plan was to bunt quite a bit and use our speed some and we did a good job. Some of them were bunting with two strikes and did a good job of executing in that situation."
Cuero scored two runs in the first and third innings without a hit, and took control by batting around and scoring four runs with three hits, only one of which left the infield, in the fifth.
"Their philosophy was what people should do to us because the mental part of it is where we're lacking," said Yoakum coach Bobby Nicholson. "That's the part if they'll learn from it we'll get better from this."
Boothe worked six innings for Cuero and scattered six hits, while the Gobblers committed only one error.
"I was trying to keep them on their toes and trick them with off-speed," Boothe said. "I pretty much wanted to keep them guessing and not let them predict the next pitch."
The Gobblers pulled within a half-game of Yoakum and can move into a first-place tie with a win over Poteet on Friday night in Cuero.
"We're very young and we've made our mistakes," said Holder, who starts eight underclassmen. "We had a tough pre-district schedule, played a lot of bigger schools and made our mistakes but we've grown up mentally and been able to handle the pressure a little better and we're getting there."
Cuero 10, Yoakum 7
Cuero 202 042 0 - 10 5 1
Yoakum 020 013 1 - 7 7 5
Jordan Boothe, Austin Johnson (7) and Dustin Ohrt. Adam Hunter, Timmy Blakeney (5) and Brice Lauer. W: Boothe. L: Hunter. Highlights: (C) Austin Johnson 2 for 3, R; Boothe 1 for 2. (Y) Hogan Lauer 2 for 3, 2 RBIs; Hunter 2 for 3, R; Keith Ratley 2 for 4, 2 R. Records: Cuero 8-5-3, 2-1; Yoakum 10-2, 3-1.