Goliad clinches share of District 29-3A title

Mike Forman By Mike Forman

April 20, 2017 at 11:33 p.m.

Bloomington's Matthew Garza, right, steals third base while Goliad's Jason Gutierrez attempts to make a tag during Thursday's District 29-3A game at Bobcat Field.

Bloomington's Matthew Garza, right, steals third base while Goliad's Jason Gutierrez attempts to make a tag during Thursday's District 29-3A game at Bobcat Field.   Nicolas Galindo for The Victoria Advocate

BLOOMINGTON - Goliad's philosophy coming into District 29-3A play was to force the opposition to make plays.

The Tigers executed their game plan to perfection against Bloomington.

Goliad made the most of six hits and ran off with a 17-5 win Thursday night at Bobcat Field.

"We just try to make the defense make plays and put pressure on the defense," said Goliad second baseman Nate Edison. "It worked for us tonight."

The Tigers (13-5) improved to 8-0 and clinched a share of the district championship. They can clinch the title outright with a win over Taft on Friday.

"It's a good feeling," said Goliad coach Mike Whitehead. "The boys earned it."

Goliad got more than enough help from the Bobcats (3-14, 2-6), who committed nine errors, had four passed balls and four wild pitches.

"It's one of those things where we can't put both together," said Bloomington coach Jameson Grasshoff. "We scattered the ball around and hit the ball well enough to win. Unfortunately right now, when we hit the ball, we can't field the ball."

The Bobcats had nine hits, but also struck out 10 times against Goliad starter Rocky Morris and three times against reliever Lane Long.

"Rocky's done a really good job," Whitehead said. "He's come on lately. He's normally our left fielder. We asked him the first Odem game to come in and pitch, and he's done it. He's another pitcher we've got, and it's really helped out."

Goliad scored in six of its seven at-bats and scored without a hit in three innings.

"That's one of the things we emphasized," Whitehead said. "They've got to field it cleanly and throw it straight, so what we try to do is try to put pressure on everybody on the bases."

Bloomington must win its final two games to have a chance to finish in a tie for fourth and have a shot at the playoffs.

"We've been in plenty of games to win," Grasshoff said. "A lot has to do with the baseball knowledge. It's a work in progress. From the first game to where we are now, we've improved. It's just building on it."

Goliad will look to continue its success against Taft and in the playoffs.

"We're getting there," Edison said. "We're ready. We just have to stay focused and keep pushing."

District 29-3A

Goliad 17, Bloomington 5

Goliad 204 221 6 - 17 6 2

Bloomington 200 120 0 - 6 9 9

W: Rocky Morris. L: Matthew Garza. Highlights: (G) Nate Edison 1-for-3, 4R, RBI, 2 SB; Tuffy Dornburg 1-for-3, 2 RBIs; Chris Torres 1-for-3, R, 2 RBIs; Ryan De La Garza 1-for-3, R. (B) Garza 2-for-4, 2 R; Jasper Gonzales 2-for-4, R, RBI, SB; Rene Rodriguez 2-for-4, R, 2 RBIs. Records: Bloomington 3-14, 2-6; Goliad 13-5, 8-0.


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