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Refugio grabs top spot in district

By MIKE FORMAN
March 12, 2013 at 10:04 p.m.
Updated March 11, 2013 at 10:12 p.m.

Refugio's Jim LaFond slides safely into home as Industrial catcher Will Knopp waits for a throw home during Tuesday's game in Refugio. The Bobcats won the game 8-2.

REFUGIO - Refugio coach Armando Huerta wasn't going to let Travis Quintanilla go back to the mound for the top of the sixth inning.

The Bobcats held a 6-0 lead on Industrial, and Quintanilla had already thrown 95 pitches.

"His pitch count was up and it's early in the season and I wasn't going to let him go out," Huerta said. "But he's a competitor and he convinced me to give him one more and I did and he got tired."

Quintanilla lost his shutout, but the Bobcats went on to take an 8-2 win over the Cobras and gain sole possession of the District 30-2A lead on a chilly Tuesday night.

"I felt pretty great," said Quintanilla, who helped Refugio improve to 10-2 overall and 3-0 in district. "It was kind of chilly. Last time we played them, I threw a no-hitter. I was going for round two, but you can't really get them all."

Quintanilla struck out 15 and walked five and threw 121 pitches before giving way to freshman Cole Van Ness, who earned the save by striking out three and not allowing a hit.

"I think we showed signs of a good team, but we also show that we've got some things to work on," Huerta said. "I knew that coming in and I think we're in the same spot. We're doing some good things and we're winning games, but I still think we have some major flaws that could cost us down the road."

The Bobcats had eight hits and scored three times in the first inning before adding to their lead with runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings.

Quintanilla doubled twice, and Colton Carroll had two hits and two RBIs.

"That's one of our strengths," Huerta said. "We're hitting the ball and I guess right now that's our bread and butter. We've got some other things we've got to fix because there's more than just hitting the ball in baseball."

Industrial (6-7, 2-1) had only two hits, and did not hit a ball out of the infield until the sixth inning when they had a hit, two walks and took advantage of an error and a passed ball.

"You can't do a whole lot if you can't get on base," said Industrial coach Stephen Gillis. "We made some things happen when we got our chances."

Quintanilla and Van Ness made sure the Cobras didn't get many opportunities.

"We still have the sticks to score runs," Quintanilla said. "The outfield is perfect. We need to work on double plays and getting ground balls and throwing to first. Those are things we work on every day."

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