West rallies for win over Beeville (video)
March 13, 2013 at 1 a.m.
Updated March 12, 2013 at 10:13 p.m.
Victoria West wins 30-4A baseball opener
Pitching duel between West freshman Jonathon Jimenez and Beeville's Cameron Kremers steals the show in Warriors 4-1 win at Riverside Stadium.
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Cameron Kremers was getting annoyed on the mound early in the sixth inning. Despite, recording 12 strikeouts to that point, the sophomore pitcher for Beeville was not happy with the perceived strike zone.
Victoria West's Blake Staff took advantage of that frustration to earn a walk, which wound up igniting a rally that provided the Warriors a pair of insurance runs in Tuesday's 4-1 victory.
Staff led off the sixth with a walk, despite facing a 0-2 count at one point. The senior centerfielder scored when junior first baseman Jack Riggs hit an arching double to deep left field two batters later.
"We had a couple clutch hits, put it together and won a ball game," said Staff, who made a running catch in the top of the first to prevent Beeville from scoring.
West (8-6-1) has won 11 straight District 30-4A games, dating back to the beginning of the 2012 season. The Warriors were able to extend that streak with timely hitting. Before the sixth, Kremers (2-4) allowed just two hits.
"I know not to go chasing anything. I knew it was getting a bit agitated," Staff said.
Cory Willemin followed Riggs with a RBI single to center. Pinch runner Garrett Rother dashed home to give West a large enough cushion so freshman pitcher Jonathon Jimenez could pitch the seventh in comfort.
Jimenez went the distance, allowing one run on five hits to earn the victory. He struck out seven, including a called third strike to end the game.
"This is the kind of stuff as coaches where you sit and watch," said Beeville coach Thomas Carrera about the two aces on the mound. "Yes, it takes the fun out of coach when you just watch. I enjoy watching him work."
Consecutive doubles from Beeville's Joe Ray Garza and Elijah Fuentes in the top of the fifth cut the West lead to 2-1. Jimenez forced a soft grounder to Riggs at first base to end the inning, which was an important out because Kremers, the Trojans cleanup hitter was waiting on deck.
Kremers singled to lead off the sixth. Beeville had runners on first and third with no outs, but could not tie the game.
"It was one we needed to have," Carrera said. "We didn't play well enough to sit there and get it. It's one that will haunt you at the end of the season. Victoria (West) did a better job."
Kremers wound up striking out 13 batters. Two of the four runs West scored Tuesday were unearned. The sophomore walked and singled at the plate.
You have to give a lot of credit to their pitcher," Alvarado said. "He's the real deal and he did a good job of shutting us down."