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Even while having an off night, Refugio pitcher still shines

By MIKE FORMAN
April 6, 2013 at midnight
Updated April 5, 2013 at 11:06 p.m.


REFUGIO - Travis Quintanilla has never come out of game when he hasn't allowed a hit.

But the junior pitcher came close against Edna on Friday night.

Quintanilla threw 105 pitches in five innings on a chilly evening, and Refugio coach Armando Huerta wasn't going to let the junior go back to the mound for the sixth.

"I can tell you the last three outings before the last game were some of his best ones," Huerta said. "Against Palacios he went deep in the counts, his pitch count was up and they got to him in the fifth inning and that's kind of what was happening tonight."

Quintanilla and the Bobcats avoided the scenario by escaping the top of the fifth unscathed, and scored two runs in the bottom of the inning to end the game 10-0 via the 10-run mercy rule.

"I think it was more like placement," said Quintanilla, who struck out nine but walked four. "I wasn't really feeling it tonight. I still had to go out there and pitch and do my best."

Quintanilla's effort was more than good enough for No. 6 Refugio, which improved to 17-2 and 9-0 in District 30-2A.

The Bobcats had 11 hits and scored eight runs in the second inning when they sent 14 batters to the plate.

"We put in a lot of extra time in the cages and just BP," said senior left fielder John Wesley Shipp. "We have a bunch of pretty good hitters throughout the lineup and we're really fortunate to have that."

Shipp had two hits and a RBI, and Cameron Sternadel had two hits, including a double, and two RBIs. Quintanilla helped himself with three hits and two RBIs.

But Quintanilla never seemed to get into a rhythm on the mound, going to eight full counts and throwing 47 of his pitches for balls.

"During this game, we kind of know the problem," Huerta said. "We tinkered with it and he made some adjustments and he looked better. But then he would go back to what he was doing. We do know the problem now and we're going to work on fixing it because we do need him at his best."

The Cowboys (8-8, 5-4) had two base runners in the first and fifth innings and one in the third, but never got a runner to third base and hit only one ball out of the infield.

"We had heard that about him," Edna coach Kensey Allen said of Quintanilla. "The further you get into a game, the stronger he gets. He does a good job. He's got that curveball and he keeps you off-balance and every now and then he can reach back and get a little something extra."

Quintanilla couldn't always find what he was looking for against Edna, but made sure it was good enough.

"When things aren't going well, I step off the mound and get a deep breath and think about it and just hit my spots," he said. "That's all I want to think about it."



NOTES • Palacios beat Tidehaven 1-0, and Aransas Pass defeated Goliad 5-2. Palacios and Aransas Pass are tied for second place in district at 6-3.

• Industrial beat Bloomington 13-7 in the other district game.

Refugio 10, Edna 0

Edna 000 00 - 0 0 4

Refugio 080 02 - 10 11 1

Two outs when game ended

DeQuan Cantu, Ross Novian (9) and Brett Strickland. Travis Quintanilla and Shane Jochetz. W: Quintanilla. L: Cantu. Highlights: (R) Quintanilla 5 IP, 0 H, 4 BB, 9 K, 3 for 4, 2 RBIs; Cameron Sternadel 2 for 4, 2B, 2 R, 2 RBIs; John Wesley Shipp 2 for 3, R, RBI; Jim LaFond 1 for 1, 2 BB, R, RBI. Records: Edna 8-8, 5-4; Refugio 17-2, 9-0.

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