On Tuesday, April 20, the Comanche Indian JV baseball team came over to play a district game. The Indians started off the game by getting two runners to second and third. The Dillo defense stranded them right there and got out of the inning without giving up any runs. As the Armadillos batted, we had some batters get on but none scored making the first inning scoreless. In the second inning, the Indians again got runners to second and third, and again the pitching of JT Mathis and the defense behind him were able to dodge a bullet and prevent them from scoring. In the bottom of the second, hits by Josh Wright, Michael McKinnerney, BJ Harbour and Ryan Guidroz scored a couple of runs for the Armadillos. Then in the third, things got a little out of hand. Some walks, some hard hits by Comanche, some errors all led to a seven run inning for the Indians. The Dillos came back with three more. In the last two innings, the Comanche Indians pushed three more across the plate and the Dillos could only get one more run added to their total before time expired. San Saba came up short with the final score being: Comanche – 10, San Saba – 6. The pitcher of record who took the loss was JT Mathis, making him 4-3 on the year and 3-2 in district games.
On Friday, April 23, our team traveled to Coleman for what was to be their final game of the season. After the varsity played, the JV started off the first inning with a couple of walks and a single, loading the bases with one out. Another walk, but a mishap at home plate did not allow the run to score and Dillos ended the top of the first with no score. Great pitching by Ryan Guidroz set the Bluecats down 1-2-3 in order, also keeping them scoreless. In the second inning, the rally got started again. A single by Josh Wright and a walk by Michael McKinnerney started things off. Sean Argote had a key bunt to move the runners over to second and third. A double by Ryan Guidroz scored one of those runners. Again our pitching shut down the Coleman batters. In the third inning, singles by Josh Wright and Michael McKinnerney, and advancing on a wild pitch put two runners in scoring position with less than two outs. Sean Argote hit a sacrifice fly ball that scored the runner from third. Later, BJ Harbour also had a sacrifice fly ball that scored a runner from third. Eventually the bases would get loaded again with JT Mathis up to bat. However, due to dwindling daylight and lightning in the distance, the umpire crew and the Bluecat coaches decided to end the game right there. This made the final score: San Saba – 3, Coleman – 0. Our pitcher of record was Ryan Guidroz earning another win and making him 2-2 in district and 3-3 on the year.
We have had a very good, productive, and enjoyable season since our overall record was 10-6-1, and the district record of 6-4. This was good enough for third place in district, behind Bangs and Comanche, which was our four district losses. Placing third in our tournament and second at the Blanco tournament, with three players receiving honors, were other accomplishments making it a good year. The players were able to experience games and competition, learned a lot about themselves, each other, and being part of a team. I have truly enjoyed it, and look forward to doing it again each and every year. We hope they have enjoyed it as much as we have. Keep playing and keep getting better! Thank you.