Cuero sweeps Columbus to move on to area round
May 4, 2013 at 12:04 a.m.
COLUMBUS - Cuero's Justin Kremling knew there was a good possibility he would become the last out of the sixth inning, but it wasn't going to be for a lack of effort.
Kremling slid safely into second base on a two-out, bases-loaded grounder by Reid Schiffbauer in the top of the sixth inning, paving the way for the Gobblers' 7-2 win over Columbus (15-12) in Game 2 of their best-of-three Class 3A bi-district playoff series on Saturday.
Cuero, which captured a 15-5 win in Game 1, improved to 21-9 with the series sweep and moved into the area playoffs against Boerne.
The best-of-three game area series at Texas State in San Marcos will be played Thursday at 7 p.m., Friday at 7 p.m., and, if necessary, Saturday at 6:30 p.m.
Cuero trailed the Cardinals 2-1 entering the sixth, but tied the score on a two-out single by Dustin Ohrt.
Kremling was hit by a pitch from reliever Collen Dungan to load the bases and received a reminder from Cuero coach Phillip Schwarz before Schiffbauer stepped to the plate.
"I had even yelled to Justin right before that to make sure you make them throw it across," Schwarz said. "I know Justin's an aggressive base runner and has good speed. They caught it first. The ball beat him, but the guy didn't touch the bag in time and he beat him to the bag."
Schiffbauer hit a grounder to shortstop Luke Pflughaupt, who threw to second base for what would have been the third out, but the umpire called Kremling safe.
"I beat the throw," Kremling said. "I think I just got a good secondary lead and I beat it."
Cuero scored two runs on the play and Levi Jones followed with a two-run single, as the Gobblers turned a 2-1 deficit into a 6-2 lead.
"We knew if we kept on hitting the ball it would eventually drop," Kremling said. "We're a good hitting team and we can do that every game."
The Gobblers had five hits against Columbus left-hander Jesse Collett through the first five innings, including a RBI double by Clint Davis, but trailed 2-1.
"We had some good at-bats," Schwarz said. "Their pitcher did a good job. He was aggressive and made us put the ball in play and they made the plays. You've just got to keep grinding out at-bats until they start falling for you."
Cuero stayed close behind the pitching of Brayden Sievers. The senior yielded only four hits and two walks, while striking out nine.
"We had Brayden on the mound and we knew he was going to throw a good game and we definitely wanted to close this out in two," Schwarz said. "We knew Brayden was going to give us a chance to win."
Sievers escaped a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the fifth by striking out Columbus' No. 3 and No. 4 hitters.
"At the beginning of the game it was more hit my spots and working the count a little bit," Sievers said. "But toward the end of the game I knew we could do it and if I threw strikes my team would come through."
The Gobblers had five hits in the sixth inning and finished with 11, setting themselves up for a rematch with the team that eliminated them in the regional round last season.
"When we took No. 2 seed, we kind of knew they were waiting in the wings," said Schwarz, who coached at Lamar Consolidated last season. "I had heard some guys early in the early say they'd like to get another crack at Boerne. Well, here they are."
Lady Brahmas sweep
RICHMOND - Carley Woytek hit a solo home run and Hallettsville defeated Anahuac 2-1 to sweep its best-of-three game Class 2A area playoff.
Coco Caraway pitched a three-hitter for the Lady Brahmas, who will return to George Ranch to play a three-game regional quarterfinal series against Danbury beginning Friday.
FLORESVILLE - Jaime Wilson hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the eighth to lift Woodsboro to a 3-2 Class 1A area playoff win over D'Hanis.
Wilson was also the winning pitcher and had 17 strikeouts.
The Lady Eagles will play Center Point in a one-game regional quarterfinal playoff Saturday at a time and place to be determined.
CLASS 3A BI-DISTRICT
Cuero 7, Columbus 2
Cuero 000 105 1 - 7 11 2
Columbus 000 200 0 - 2 4 2
Brayden Sievers and Dustin Ohrt. Jesse Chollett, Collen Dungan (6) and Riely Weido. W: Sievers. L: Chollett. Highlights: (CG) Sievers 7 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 9 SO, 2 for 3; Clint Davis 2 for 4, 2B, R, RBI; Blake Reeve 2 for 4, RBI; Ohrt 1 for 3, RBI; Levi Jones 2 for 3, 2 RBIs. Records: Cuero 21-9; Columbus 15-12.
CLASS 2A AREA
Hallettsville 2, Anahuac 1
Anahuac 100 000 0 - 1 3 2
Hallettsville 010 010 - 2 8 0
W - Coco Caraway; L - Macey Morehead
Hallettsville, Abby Fowlkes, Caraway (5). Anahuac, Morehead. HIGHLIGHTS: Hallettsville, Lana Hickson 2-3, RBI; Carley Woytek 1-3, RBI, HR. NOTE: Hallettsville wins series 2-0, will face Danbury in regional quarterfinals in best of three series at Richmond George Ranch: Game 1, 7 p.m. Friday; Game 2, 2 p.m. Saturday; Game 3, if necessary, after Game 2.