Hallettsville triumphs in extras over Bishop
May 24, 2012 at 5:24 a.m.
Updated May 25, 2012 at 5:25 a.m.
SAN ANTONIO - Hallettsville junior infielder Reagan McAda didn't really have time to react to the first-pitch fastball he saw from Bishop starter Joseph Rubio.
He just swung.
It turned out to be one of the biggest swings of the Brahmas' season so far.
McAda's RBI single to center field brought in the winning run, and the Brahmas beat Bishop 1-0 in Game 1 of the Class 2A regional semifinals at the SAISD Sports Complex on Thursday.
"My eyes didn't really get big until I was standing on second base, when I realized I was on," McAda said.
The Brahmas lead the best-of-three series 1-0. Hallettsville can advance to the regional final by winning one of two games against Bishop on Saturday.
The winner of the series advances to play either Jarrell or Luling in the regional final next week.
"We've been in so many tough ball games this year," Hallettsville head coach Shorty Cook said about his battle-tested Brahmas. "Credit to our non-district schedule."
Rubio and Brahmas starter Chris Jones combined to allow just five hits through the first nine innings, giving the maroon- and green-clad fan bases extra innings.
The Brahmas were finally able to get to Rubio in the 10th inning, when senior outfielder Braden Kahanek got a one-out double to bring up McAda.
Although McAda was stranded on second base, the one run was all the support Jones needed to improve his record to 7-2 on the season.
"It just fell into place." Cook said.
The game was a pitchers duel from the get go, but the Brahmas had their chances early on.
Hallettsville strung together a couple of hits in the top of the second, but left Kahanek and Josh Mettlach in field position.
It would take a while before they got to Bishop starter Rubio. The junior righty retired 21 of the next 22 batters to help send the game into extra innings.
"There's a lot of kids that want to say they're pitchers, Rubio's a pitcher," Cook said.
Added McAda: "He was really hitting his spots, starting off ahead and mixing it up."
Jones went the distance striking out four batters and walking just one.
Cook said his pitch count was around 130, but he was determined to finish the game despite the extra innings.
"He wasn't going to let me take him out," Cook said.
The ending may not have happed had it not been for the play of senior center fielder Bryant Sitka.
With a runner in scoring position in the Bishop ninth, Sitka made an over the shoulder catch in left-center field to retire Victor Vera.
Tow batters later, he showed off some of his speed by denying Jamin Lira of a walk off single to shallow center field.
"He saved it," Cook said. "That was a heck of a ball hit to the left-center field gap and then the ball he had to come in on and catch."
McAda and Kahanek were the only batters to get hits off Rubio. The duo both went 2-for-3.
Rubio struck out ten batters and allowed one earned run on four hits. His record drops to 10-3 with the loss.
The Brahmas can advance in the playoff with a win on Saturday. The series resumes with Game 2 at 4 p.m.
"We still have to go after it and finish," McAda said. "They're a great team, we expect another great game on Saturday."
Class 2A Regional Semifinal
Hallettsville 1, Bishop 0
Hallettsville 000 000 000 1 - 1 4 1
Bishop 000 000 000 0 - 0 3 0
Hallettsville: Chris Jones and Ryan Renken; Bishop: Joseph Rubio and Hunter Smith. W: Jones (7-2), L: Rubio (10-3).
2B: (Hallettsville) McAda; (Bishop) Rubio.
Highlights: Jones, 10 IP, BB, 4 K; McAda, 2-for-3, RBI; Braden Kahanek, 2-for-3, RS. Records: Hallettsville 27-8; Bishop 26-7.