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Brahmas one win away from trip to state

By MIKE FORMAN
May 30, 2013 at 12:30 a.m.

Justin Reeves couldn't avoid the tag of Marion catcher Victor Garza in the second inning. Reeves went 3 for 4 with two RBIs in the 16-6 win.

WEIMAR - The celebration after Hallettsville's 16-6 Game 1 win over Marion was muted.

The Brahmas are well aware that one game does not make a series, and they were also upset that the Bulldogs scored four runs in the bottom of the fifth inning and came close to prolonging the game.

But Hallettsville's biggest worry was with scheduled Game 2 starter Reagan McAda, who sat in the dugout Thursday night at Veterans Memorial Park Strickland Field with an ice pack on his ankle.

"I am concerned," said Hallettsville coach Shorty Cook. "I know Reagan's a warrior, so he's going to do everything he can to be ready Saturday."

The Brahmas (32-3) hope McAda is able to pitch Saturday when they attempt to clinch their first state tournament berth since 1998 in Game 2 of the best-of-three series scheduled for 11 a.m. at New Braunfels Canyon.

If Marion (28-6) forces Game 3, it would follow Game 2.

"We know it's back to zero-zero," Cook said. "But we had some guys seeing it tonight. We had some guys executing some things, and I was real proud of them."

The Brahmas didn't score in the first inning but had four runs in the second, six in the third and six in the fourth.

"We came out in that second inning just hitting the ball, stroking it, and that's what you've got to do this deep in the playoffs," said center fielder Justin Reeves, who had three hits. "You know they're going to have good pitching, and you've just got to adjust. You might not hit it the first, second or third time, but you just have to stay with it and keep hitting the ball."

Every batter in the Hallettsville lineup reached base, and eight players scored. The Brahmas sent a total of 23 batters to the plate in the third and fourth innings.

"We were just really seeing it all the way around tonight," said McAda, who had two hits. "It was good to see all of us one through nine put the ball in play."

The support was more than enough for starting pitcher Chris Jones, who left in the fifth inning after throwing 92 pitches.

"I thought it was going to be a close game," Reeves said. "As the game went on, we were just hitting and hitting. The more runs we get builds more confidence for us to hit the ball better."

McAda hurt his ankle while trying to field a ball at second base in the fifth inning. Cook pulled him from the game and brought Weston Seay into pitch.

The Bulldogs had a runner on second base before Seay recorded a strikeout for the final out to end the game via the 10-run mercy rule.

The Brahmas hope to have McAda back for Game 2 but expect a bigger challenge from Marion regardless of who pitches.

"They're a tough team," Reeves said. "They're going to come out battling. They still have two more possible games to finish the series. We've just got to go out and play the game we play and hit the ball like we did tonight."

Hallettsville 16, Marion 6

Hallettsville 046 60 - 16 12 3

Marion 011 04 - 6 7 3

Chris Jones, Weston Seay (5) and Dylan Kerr. Raphael DeHoyos, Austin Young (3), Scott Brown (5) and Victor Garza. W: Jones (9-0). L: DeHoyos (10-2). Highlights: (H) Justin Reeves 3 for 4, 2 R, 2 RBIs; Carson Schindler 2 for 3, 2B, 2 R, RBI; Reagan McAda 2 for 3, 2B, R, 2 RBIs; Will Wallace 2 for 4, 2B, R, 3 RBIs; Kory Smith 2 for 2, 3 R. (M) Tre Lambert 3 for 3, 2 R; Garza 2 for 2, 2B. Records: Hallettsville 32-3; Marion 28-6.

Flatonia 8, Weimar 0

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