BEEVILLE — Refugio freshman Jordan Kelley understands baseball is a game of adjustments.
He knows the Bobcats could have done a better job in their Class 2A regional quarterfinal series against Ben Bolt, but he couldn’t argue with the result.
“Good baseball players have to make adjustments at the plate and get the job done,” Kelley said. “We didn’t play our best but we got the job done and we’re going to come back tomorrow and do it.”
Refugio rode the two-hit pitching of Jared Kelley to a 9-0 Game 1 win over the Badgers on Thursday night at Joe Hunter Field.
The Bobcats improved to 23-1 and will try and wrap up the series in Game 2 at 4 p.m. Friday at Joe Hunter Field.
Game 3, if necessary, would be 6 p.m. Saturday at Joe Hunter Field.
“There were a bunch of opportunities we didn’t take advantage of,” Jared Kelley said, “but we still got the W.”
Refugio had eight hits and took control by scoring six runs in the second inning.
But the Bobcats were disappointed they didn’t finish the game early.
“I did feel like we had opportunities we didn’t capitalize on,” said Refugio coach Jarod Kay. “The difference between a good team and a great team is a great team is going to capitalize on those opportunities when they present themselves and they’re going to make opportunities for themselves.”
The Bobcats made the most of their hits, getting a triples from Ysidro Mascorro and Ethan Perez, a double from Colten Hesseltine and an inside-the-park home run from Jordan Kelley.
“I saw it go dead center and started running,” Jordan Kelley said. “I looked at coach Kay and he gave me the signal to keep on running.”
Refugio freshman Jordan Kelley hits an inside-the-park home run in the Bobcats’ win over Ben Bolt. pic.twitter.com/Y8wlCYejPH— Mike Forman (@mikeforman21) May 17, 2019
The support was more than enough for Jared Kelley, who struck out 13 and yielded only two singles.
“I was just throwing strikes and letting my defense work,” Jared Kelley said. “I feel like I trusted my stuff a little bit better. There at the end, I kind of struggled a little bit. But I ended up finding the strike zone and getting out of it.”
Ben Bolt (24-7) loaded the bases in the top of the seventh on two walks and a hit batter.
But Kelley got two pop outs and a strikeout to preserve the shutout.
“He has not been in a whole lot of jams,” Kay said. “I think that situation was good for him. It was good to see him battle back and get the outs we needed.”
The Bobcats will look for a better approach but similar outcome in Game 2.
“It’s always good to get Game 1,” Kay said. “It goes back to the things the kids and I have talked about. It doesn’t matter who we’re playing – and that’s no disrespect to them – but the only team I care about is the team in my dugout and we did not play up to our standards.
“I did not like our approach at the plate. We did not do the little things that made us successful last week and you’re just not going to go where you want to go if you don’t do the little things.”
Class 2A Regional Quarterfinal
Refugio 9, Ben Bolt 0
Ben Bolt 000 000 0 – 0 2 2
Refugio 060 210 x – 9 8 0
W: Jared Kelley. L: Orlando Cadena. Highlights: (BB) Ruben Cuellar 1-for-2. (R) Ja. Kelley 7 IP, 2 H, 3 BB, 1 HP, 13 K; Jordan Kelley 1-for-3, inside-the-park HR; Colten Hesseltine 2-for-3, 2B, 2 R, SB; Austin Ochoa 2-for-4, R, Ysidro Mascorro 1-for-4, 3B, R; Joseph Montemayor 2-for-3, 2B, R, RBI; Ethan Perez 2-for-3, 3B, R, RBI. Records: Ben Bolt 24-7; Refugio 23-1.