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Gobblers show growth in area playoff series win

MIKE FORMAN

By MIKE FORMAN
May 17, 2012 at 12:17 a.m.
Updated May 18, 2012 at 12:18 a.m.

Cuero's Dustin Ohrt pitches during practice earlier this week.

Cuero coach Scott Holder wasn't sure how to approach his team after a 10-0 loss to Salado in Game 1 of the Class 3A area playoff series.

The Gobblers hadn't won a playoff series since 2007 and were swept by Salado in last year's area playoffs.

"I thought several times about going in there and laying it on the team," Holder said. "Really, I didn't do anything.

"There wasn't a lot of expectations out of this group early in the year and their mentality and their spirit and drive has gotten them this far and these guys know what happened and they'll straighten it out."

Cuero rebounded to take a 10-1 win in Game 2 and claimed a 16-3 victory in Game 3 to move into the regional quarterfinals against Boerne.

The Gobblers (20-7-3) and Greyhounds (18-6-2) will play a best-of-three series at Cibolo Steele beginning Friday at 7:30 p.m.

"Some guys just have that fight in them," Holder said. "They never panic. They always fight back in. A lot of it was shaking the rust off. In the past couple of years, we haven't been able to bounce back off of that layoff in time to get a win. The way we played Saturday is probably the best we played all year."

Cuero has only three seniors on its roster. But the Gobblers withstood a tough non-district schedule and won the District 28-3A title, knocking off state-ranked Yoakum twice in the process.

"This team executes and does things right," Holder said. "I think they wear pitchers down. They're very patient, they don't chase a lot of pitches and I think eventually they wear you down. When we can get runners on base, we can kind of get in your head a little bit. They do things right and kind of wear at you until the time when we can kind of explode offensively."

The offensive fireworks against Salado came in Game 2 and 3 on Saturday, after the Gobblers struggled Friday in the rain.

"We did not let the loss in the first game get in our heads and get us down," said senior Jordan Boothe. "We put that behind us. I think the weather and all the rain got to us The next day we were ready to go again."

The Gobblers are a young team, but they are also a fearless team. Junior Brandon Sievers pitched for the first time in the playoffs in Game 2 against Salado and showed no signs of nervousness.

"I really wasn't thinking about it," Sievers said. "I just went out there and threw strikes. I think we just have fun. We jack around a lot, but we play hard."

Cuero and Boerne met earlier this season in the Comal tournament and played to a 9-9 tie.

"I believe we're going to keep getting better," said junior Logan Goebel. "We did what other people haven't been able to do."

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