Bobcats roll to district win over Pettus
March 18, 2017 at 11:09 p.m.
Updated March 18, 2017 at 11:10 p.m.
REFUGIO - Pettus pitcher Steven Morgan yelled to the home plate umpire as Refugio's Jared Kelley approached the batter's box.
"I need a ball," Morgan said. "He hit it out of the park."
D'Mond LaFond's drive over the left-field fence late Saturday afternoon didn't just leave Bobcat Park, the ball landed in the driveway across the street.
LaFond's first home run of the season put the finishing touches on No. 1 Refugio's 8-0 District 31-2A win over Pettus.
"Yes, I was," LaFond admitted when asked if he was trying to hit the ball out of the park. "It was at the end of the game, we were up and I was just doing the best I could to put the ball over the fence."
The Bobcats improved to 10-0 overall and 5-0 in district for the most part behind their usual formula of pitching and defense.
Jacobe Avery pitched a complete game, scattering six hits and striking out six.
The Eagles (5-4, 3-2) loaded the bases twice, but Avery escaped both jams.
"That's what we expect of him as our No. 3," Refugio coach Anthony Quintanilla said of Avery. "Just to throw strikes and keep them off-balance. Our defense can make plays behind him, and a majority of the time, they were there for him."
The Bobcats had some players in different positions and committed two errors.
But they also made some outstanding plays in the field.
Left fielder Casey Henderson came off the bench to make five putouts in left field, including a running catch, where he threw to second base to double off a runner.
"I see my role as someone who can help the team," Henderson said. "I can help with my base running and my play in the outfield."
La Fond, who had three RBIs, Jared Kelley and Trent Ross each had two of Refugio's nine hits.
"I see that we still need to work on our hitting," LaFond said. "Our defense is getting where it needs to be and our pitching is always going to be there. At the sticks, that's where we need to work the most."
Pettus 000 000 0 - 0 6 3
Refugio 231 101 x - 8 9 2
W: Jacobe Avery. L: Joseph Prieto. Highlights: (P) Kaden Morin 1-for-4, 2B. (R) Avery 7 IP, 0 R, 6 H, 2 BB, 1 HP, 6 SO; D'Mond LaFond 2-for-4, solo HR, 3 RBIs; Jared Kelley 2-for-3, R, 3 SB; Trent Ross 2-for-3, R, RBI; Anthony Delgado 1-for-1, 2 RBIs; Jamel LaFond 1-for-1, R, SB. Records: Pettus 5-4, 3-2; Refugio 10-0, 5-0.