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Titans' fast start dooms West (w/gallery)

By MIKE FORMAN
March 11, 2014 at 10:03 p.m.
Updated March 10, 2014 at 10:11 p.m.

Victoria West's Jack Riggs tags out Victoria East's Bryce Martinez in the third inning of Tuesday night's rivalry game.

Ryan Williams admits when Victoria East faces Victoria West, it's not just another game.

Williams grew up with and played baseball with many of the players in the opposing dugout.

"It's a little bit different, them being our cross-town rivals and us being really good friends with most of the players," he said. "It's different. There's a different feel in the air."

Williams didn't let the rivalry or his friendships alter his approach on the mound.

The senior left-hander, who has signed with Texas State, pitched a two-hitter to lead East to an 11-0 District 30-4A win Tuesday night at Riverside Stadium.

The Titans won for the sixth straight time to improve to 13-4 overall and 2-0 in district.

"I played against most of those guys in Little League," Williams said. "It's fun competing against them out here."

Williams could relax before he even took the mound as the Titans scored five runs in the top of the first inning. Adrian Gonzalez had a two-run double, and two more runs came home on Trevor Brown's single.

"Coach Kolle told us to crowd the plate because they were throwing outside pitches," Gonzalez said. "I just crowded the plate, and the third pitch he threw me was an outside fastball, and I just took it opposite field."

East added four more runs in the second on only one hit - a single by Jonathan Ortega.

"We talked about with us being visitors and playing in this dugout, it's different because we're used to being on the other side," said East coach Wes Kolle. "But having the opportunity to strike first, and we were fortunate that Adrian came through with the big hit in the first inning to kind of bust it open right there."

Williams threw 73 of his 106 pitches for strikes, struck out 11, and only two base runners for the Warriors (7-8, 1-1) reached second base.

"He's tough," West coach Manuel Alvarado said of Williams. "The last couple of nights, we've faced D-I pitchers (a 2-1 win Monday over Beeville's Cameron Kremers, who has committed to Oklahoma State) so it's kind of hard. He did a great job tonight; you can't take anything away from him. We've just got to do better on our end."

The Titans didn't score after the second inning until the seventh when Derek Folmar and Cam Williams had RBI singles.

"We need to be a little more urgent," Kolle said. "Jumping out 9-0, we've got to be able to finish it right there. Ryan did a great job. The defense did a great job, and he was locked in."

Notes

• East's Cole Urban had his streak of reaching base end after 11 plate appearances. He popped up to second after being hit by a pitch and drawing a walk in his first two trips to the plate.

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