Bobcats rally to beat Cowboys
April 4, 2014 at 10:04 p.m.
Updated April 4, 2014 at 11:05 p.m.
EDNA - Cole Van Ness doesn't say a whole lot on or off the field.
But the Refugio sophomore's play speaks volumes on the field.
Van Ness pitched three innings of scoreless relief to allow the Bobcats to rally for a 7-2 District 30-2A win over Edna on Friday night at Shelby Park.
"His deal is he's real quiet and collected and just goes about his business," said Refugio coach Armando Huerta. "He's been really good this year as opposed to last year. He's locating his fastball better, and he's really, really doing a good job with his off-speed pitch, and that gives him a chance."
Van Ness replaced starter Travis Quintanilla in the fifth inning and struck out seven. He worked around two singles and a hit batsman in the seventh inning to help Refugio improve to 13-5 and take over sole possession of the district lead with an 8-1 record.
"Travis told me to get my arm ready and be confident coming in," Van Ness said. "I was mostly trying to hit the outside part of the plate, and my curveball was working excellent tonight."
Edna (8-8, 7-2) had eight hits - including three by Billy Ganem and two by Ross Novian - and starting pitcher Guy Dodson took a 2-0 lead into the sixth inning.
"Guy threw a great game," said Edna coach Kensey Allen. "He was hitting his spots and had them frustrated. We were able to put the bat on the ball against Travis. We made some bad mistakes at bad times."
Refugio had two hits and a squeeze by Quintanilla to cut the lead to 2-1 in the sixth before scoring three runs on three consecutive Edna errors.
"We didn't hit him well," Huerta said of Dodson. "We just put the ball in play and made some things happen, and we're fortunate they happened in our favor."
The Bobcats added three runs in the seventh inning on Jim LaFond's third hit, four walks and another Edna error.
Van Ness made sure the lead stood up.
"I've pitched mostly in relief and started maybe two or three games," he said. "I just try to be ready. I was able to get on in front in the count, and then get them with my curveball at the end."