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Cuero slugs its way to district win over Yoakum

By MIKE FORMAN
March 22, 2014 at 10:02 p.m.
Updated March 21, 2014 at 10:22 p.m.


YOAKUM - Cuero's Austin Johnson wasn't sure how far the ball was going to carry when it left his bat.

"I had no clue," Johnson said. "I didn't even feel it off the bat. Right when I hit it, I thought it was a pop fly to center field. It kept drifting with backspin. It bounced and hit the wall right when I was at second base. I had to turn it up right there, and I saw coach jumping up and down."

Johnson didn't stop running until he had crossed home plate with a three-run inside-the-park home run in the Gobblers' 10-4 District 26-3A win over Yoakum on Saturday night.

Johnson's homer with two outs in the sixth inning broke open what had been a close game and helped Cuero improve to 12-7 overall and 2-0 in district.

Clint Davis, who had two doubles, and Pearson Reese each had three hits to spur the Gobblers' 13-hit attack.

"That's the best we've hit the ball all year, no doubt," said Cuero coach Phil Schwarz. "We hit the ball hard. We had a couple of outs on the bases, or we could have scored more runs. But we really swung the bats well."

Yoakum (7-8-1, 1-1) had nine hits and base runners in every inning. But the Bulldogs left 15 runners on base.

"Pitching and defense was still decent. But if you swing the bats, you can make some mistakes and overcome them, and that's what we did tonight."

Cuero 040 003 3 - 10 13 1

Yoakum 100 011 1 - 4 9 4

D'Mond LaFond, Lane Meade (6) and Reid Schiffbauer. Caden Fishbeck and Will Thurmond. W: LaFond. L: Fishbeck. S: Meade. Highlights: (C) Austin Johnson 1 for 4, 3-run HR, BB, 3 RBIs; Clint Davis 3 for 5, 2 2B, RBI; Pearson Reese 3 for 4. (Y) Timmy Blakeney 3 for 3, 2 BB, 2 R, RBI; Reagan Jacobs 2 for 4, 2B, RBI; Fishbeck 1 for 1, 2B, 2 BB. Records: Cuero 12-7, 2-0; Yoakum 7-8-1, 1-1.

La Fond 5 IP, 3 ER, 7 H, 6 BB, 7 SO, Starter winner

Mead 2 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, 2BB, 1 SO

Fishbeck 7 IP, 9 ER, 13 H, 4 BB, 4 SO

Softball

Yoakum 7, Cuero 3

Cuero 0010011 3 6 2

Yoakum 0120040 7 10 2

W - Ramert; L - Simpson

STATS: Yoakum, Tori Ramert 7 IP, 1 BB, 6 K, 6 H; Yoakum, Latrice Brown 2-3, 0 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 0 RBI; Cuero, Audrey Simpson 6 IP, 6 BB, 4 K, 10 H; Yoakum, Chelsea Veit 2-3, 0 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 0 RBI; Yoakum, Audrey Simpson 3-3, 0 2B, 0 3B, 2 HR, 2 RBI;

LATE GAME

Tuloso-Midway 12, Victoria East 10

Tuloso-Midway 0045021 12 11 0

Victoria East 1022302 10 13 4

W - Arellano; L - Parsons

STATS: Tuloso-Midway, B. Arellano 7 IP, 2 BB, 3 K, 13 H; Victoria East, Devon Parsons 7 IP, 3 BB, 11 H; Tuloso Midway, Jaslynn Robards 2-3, 0 2B, 1 3B, 0 HR, 0 RBI; Tuloso-Midway, Jordan Hoefling 3-5, 0 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 2 RBI; Tuloso-Midway, Madi Marek 1-4, 0 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 2 RBI;

West record: 10-10-1, 2-3

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