Despite late rally, Titans close out Floresville
March 27, 2012 at 11:03 p.m.
Updated March 27, 2012 at 10:28 p.m.
The Victoria East Titans turned away the Floresville Tigers easily for 20 outs, but the 21st proved to be the most elusive.
Although they were in control most of the game, the Titans turned back a late Floresville rally to beat the Tigers 7-4 on Tuesday night at Riverside Stadium.
Floresville's Roby Pennertz represented the tying run for the Tigers during a three-run seventh, but East closer Dylan Rab got him to ground out to end the game.
"At this stage of the game a win, is a win, is a win and we'll take it," said East coach Wes Kolle. "I told the guys we'll go back tomorrow and we'll correct the mistakes that we made, but that 'W' is the main thing."
The Titans improved to 12-8 and 2-0 in District 30-4A. Floresville fell to 8-10 and 0-2 in district.
East starter John Garcia (5-0) pitched 6 2/3 innings and struck out 12, while allowing five hits.
The Titans appeared headed for an easy win after taking a 7-1 lead into the top of the seventh. Garcia struck out the first two Floresville batters.
After a walk and a single, Garrett Pollok hit an RBI triple and Scott Azevedo had an RBI single to cut the lead to 7-4.
"John did a great job on the mound, the pitch count ran up pretty high and we got two quick outs in the seventh," Kolle said. "We had to give the ball to Dylan and he did the job for us to close it out."
Garcia set the tone early on. The right-hander struck out six of the first 10 batters he faced.
The Titans took advantage of two errors by Floresville shortstop Sam Bryan and put up three runs in the home half of the first inning.
"As long as we get guys on we feel like we have to get them in and we were fortunate enough to do that tonight," Kolle said.
Mason Tipton and Trey Thormahlen came up with RBIs in the bottom of the first.
After Robert Gleinser walked to lead off the bottom of the second, Aaron Prado brought him home with an RBI single to center that gave East a 4-0 lead.
"John gave us a chance going up there 1-2-3 then we got up there swinging the sticks," Kolle said. "He did an outstanding job tonight and he's starting to come around. We're playing good baseball right now."
The Tigers didn't get a run until Garcia walked Roby Pennartz with the bases loaded in the top of the sixth. Garcia pitched himself out of a bit of trouble by striking out Clements to end the inning.
Thormahlen added an RBI double in the bottom of the third.
Prado and Seth Christian came home on a wild pitch and passed ball to round out the scoring.
Thormahlen went 2 for 3 with three RBIs, and Mason Tipton was 2 for 2 with an RBI.
The Titans will go for their third straight district win on Friday against Victoria West at Riverside Stadium.
"It's the biggest game of the year, but then again it's game 22 so it's going to be business as usual and we'll get ready for Friday," Kolle said.