VISD TOURNAMENT: West, Pleasanton play to 4-4 tie
By BY MIKE FORMAN - MFORMAN@VICAD.COM
March 7, 2013 at 10:04 p.m.
Updated March 7, 2013 at 9:08 p.m.
Victoria West pitcher Cory Willemin knew he would have no trouble sleeping Thursday night.
"I'm real tired," Willemin said. "Eight innings was a lot."
Willemin's teammates at West and his opponents at Pleasanton felt the same way as they left Riverside Stadium.
The teams battled to a 4-4 tie before the game was stopped after eight innings per VISD Tournament rules.
West (6-5-1) will advance in the winner's bracket by virtue of runners that reached third base and did not score, but neither team felt like a loser.
"Something like this with the young group that I've got is getting them ready," said West coach Manuel Alvarado. "Being competitive and they know they can come back from adversity. It's great being put in this situation early."
The Warriors were down 3-0 and 4-2 before tying the game with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning on a wild pitch.
"We were telling ourselves just one hit at a time, get somebody on and move them over and score a run," said Willemin, who had seven strikeouts. "It proves that we can battle back."
Pleasanton (11-0-1) starter Elijah Engelman also pitched a complete game and had 10 strikeouts.
Right fielder Jake Mickaels preserved the tie when he made a leaping catch of a fly ball with two outs in the eighth and runners on first and third base.
"It's gotten where these kids will run through a wall for me," said Pleasanton coach and Stroman graduate Chris Ingram. "That goes a long way in a game like this."
Pleasanton opened the tournament with a 14-0 win over Corpus Christi Miller and will await its seeding to determine its next game.
West will play its second game Friday at 10:30 a.m. against Miller at Riverside Stadium.
"Cory competed on the mound," Alvarado said. "We've got to eliminate the little mistakes on defense. That's what's hurting us right now. We've got to get better at that part. We kind of settled down; we were able to put the ball in play and make things happen, and that was good to see."
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