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Northwest All-Stars advance to sectionals

By Keldy Ortiz
July 9, 2013 at 2:09 a.m.

Victoria Northwest celebrates after winning the District 27 championship at the Victoria Youth Sports Complex. Northwest beat Victoria Northeast 7-2 to claim the championship and extend their season.

Victoria Northwest manager Alex Flores has had plenty of success the last few days with his all-star team.

Tuesday night, that winning streak continued.

The Northwest All-Stars captured the District 27 11- and 12-year-old Championship, defeating Victoria Northeast 7-2 at the Victoria Youth Sports Complex. They will move on to play in the sectionals Friday night.

Northwest started scoring runs early in the game with three in the first inning. They'd keep scoring runs with three more runs in the third inning to take a 6-0 lead.

However, the Northeast All-Stars weren't going to go down without a fight.

Facing a six-run deficit, Northeast put two runs on the board in the third inning. However, Northwest answered with a run in the sixth to put the game away.

Noah Rodriguez led Northeast at the plate, going 1 for 3 with a double along with Garrett Gregory, who also went 1 for 3. Northwest players Braeden Henderson and Ashton Grones both went 2 for 3 in the win for Northwest.

Flores was shocked to see success come so quickly for his team, but he didn't mind it. He was glad the team put in the effort to get this far and will continue playing baseball.

"We just gave the kids more ideas to be productive with the ball. This right here was our biggest hump to get over," Flores said. "It was a great game. Shout out to Northeast for some great competition. It was great."

Northeast coach Troy Bazar, while disappointed about the loss, was glad he enjoyed the ride with his players, whose careers are from over.

"They did great battling back. There's no reason to stop playing baseball, it doesn't end here," Bazar said. "We still got a great team even though we took a loss tonight that's the way it goes sometimes."

After the game, Bazar told his team they should continue to "play hard all the time no matter what. No matter if you're down, up, play the same way every time."

Flores wasn't worried about the next game, which they play Friday night in George West. He wanted his players to enjoy the moment.

"I'm sure we'll be back at it tomorrow (Wednesday), Thursday with some BP and some other things," Flores said. "The kids are fired up. They want to get up at nine, ten o'clock to throw some BP to them."

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