BEEVILLE – Joseph Montemayor has labored in virtual anonymity through much of Refugio’s season.
But there was no hiding what Montemayor accomplished in Game 2 of Refugio’s Class 2A regional quarterfinal series against Ben Bolt.
Montemayor had three hits, including a double, and drove in six runs to lead the Bobcats to a 13-2 win Friday in a game stopped after five innings because of the 10-run mercy rule at Joe Hunter Field.
Refugio’s Joseph Montemayor with a three-run double. pic.twitter.com/xChuY3TsK2— Mike Forman (@mikeforman21) May 17, 2019
Refugio (24-1) won 9-0 in Game 1 and swept the series to move into the regional semifinals for the fourth time in five years.
The Bobcats will play Evadale, which swept Thrall in its regional quarterfinal series.
“We came out ready to hit the ball,” Montemayor said. “We wanted to put more runs up on the board. We were expecting better in the first game, but we came out ready the second game.”
Montemayor had a two-run single in Refugio’s three-run first inning, walked in its three-run second, hit a three-run double in its four-run third and added an RBI single in its three-run fifth.
Refugio’s Joseph Montemayor hits a two-run single in the first inning. pic.twitter.com/A5Z31iujRm— Mike Forman (@mikeforman21) May 17, 2019
“Joseph is a great kid,” said Refugio coach Jarod Kay. “He’s a kid that does what he’s asked, like, all the time. He doesn’t get his name recognized a lot. He’s just always going to be in the right spot, he’s always going to try and do the right thing and what he’s been coached to do, and it was great to see him have success.”
The run support was more than enough for Refugio pitcher Austin Ochoa, who overcame some early struggles with his curveball and worked an efficient six innings with seven strikeouts.
Refugio’s Austin Ochoa gets a called third strike. pic.twitter.com/3DVIXjhJ8Q— Mike Forman (@mikeforman21) May 17, 2019
“I started feeling more confident about it and throwing it a lot more,” Ochoa said. “For sure, I was just trying to throw as many strikes as I can.”
Ochoa surrendered a run to the Badgers (24-8) in the first inning when a fly ball was lost in the sun and yielded a run in the fifth.
“We had a couple of bobbles behind him that made him make more pitches than he needed to, and that’s one of things we talked about,” Kay said. “I thought as the game went on, he got better. He was efficient, and after the first inning, he kind of cruised until the last inning, and part of that is I don’t know if we relaxed because of the situation. It was good to see him kind of come on.”
Refugio had 13 hits and scored in every inning but the fourth.
“Our approach was oppo(site) and up the middle,” Montemayor said. “We were hitting hard-line drives and bringing in runs.”
Colten Hesseltine added three hits for Refugio and Jared Kelley and Mike Firova each had two.
“We tried to preach if it’s outside, don’t be afraid to go middle or away with the ball,” Kay said. “It seems like they were shading us to the pull side, and we can’t be afraid to go opposite field. I thought our approach today was much better, and the result speaks for itself. I mean, we scored more runs today in less innings, and that just goes back to our approach.”
Evadale outscored Thrall 22-0 in its series, and the Bobcats understand they’re in for a challenge.
“Our mental preparation for next week is going to be a lot more focused,” Ochoa said. “We’ll be ready for them.”
Class 2A Regional Quarterfinal
Refugio 13, Ben Bolt 2
Refugio 334 03 – 13 13 1
Ben Bolt 100 01 – 2 4 1
W: Austin Ochoa. L: A.J. Arellano. Highlights: (R) Joseph Montemayor 3-for-3, 2B, 6 RBIs; Colten Hesseltine 3-for-3, 3B, 3 R, RBI; Jared Kelley 2-for-2, 4 R, 2 RBIs; Ysidro Mascorro 1-for-2, 3B, 2 RBIs; Mike Firova 2-for-3, R. (BB) Ruben Cuellar 2-for-3, 2B, RBI; Arellano 2-for-3, R; Carlos Flores 1-for-3, RBI. Records: Refugio 24-1; Ben Bolt 24-8.