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Stockdale teams shut out Nixon-Smiley

Stockdale teams  shut out Nixon-Smiley
ROBERT C. McDONALD/Reprints at Katelyn Shaver of Stockdale leans into a pitch during the Lady Brahmas’ 15-0 win over Nixon-Smiley.

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Wilson County News
April 18, 2012
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STOCKDALE -- Strange things are said to happen on Friday the 13th, but for the baseball and softball teams in Stockdale, last Friday turned out to be a pretty good day, as both teams blanked their counterparts from Nixon-Smiley.

The Lady Brahmas took the field during the late afternoon against the visiting Lady Mustangs of Nixon-Smiley. Chelsea Irwin stood in the circle for Stockdale, and the righty pitched a three-inning shutout en route to an abbreviated 15-0 victory.

As Nixon-Smiley struggled to make contact at the plate, and hit very few past the Lady Brahma infield, the Stockdale sticks were working overtime. The Lady Brahmas weren’t crushing the ball out of the park by any means, but they made good contact, put runners on base, and stayed smart along the base path. The team methodically worked runs in, and forced an early-game decision as Ashlee Rangel hit a single to score the team’s 15th run.

Later that evening, the Brahma baseball team took the field just down the road from where the Lady Brahmas had shut out the Lady Mustangs. Colton West was on the hill for Stockdale, and the UIW-bound senior was looking for a big win to build momentum toward the playoffs.

The Brahmas started the game well, holding the Mustangs off in the top of the first inning, and then scoring 3 runs of their own to take the early lead. Stockdale added 2 more runs in the second, and then both teams came up empty in the third. As the teams moved into the fourth inning of play, the score was 5-0 in favor of the Brahmas, but there was still plenty of time for Nixon-Smiley to climb back into the game.

Unfortunately for the Mustangs, everything that could go wrong did go wrong, and the Brahmas took advantage of everything that came their way. Stockdale thrashed Nixon-Smiley to the tune of 18 fourth-inning runs, and took a seemingly insurmountable 23-0 lead after four innings of play. The 10-run rule applies after the fifth inning has been played, so Nixon-Smiley had one final chance to make a change.

West remained on his game pitching for Stockdale, and the side was eventually retired with no Nixon-Smiley runs. The officials called the game, and the score was final at 23-0.

West threw all five innings for Stockdale, striking out 10 of the 21 batters he faced. He allowed two hits and gave up three walks.

At the plate, Mikey Opela led the Brahma attack, going 4 for 4 with a double, a triple, and 6 RBIs. Cody Hastings went 1 for 2, but drew two walks and accounted for 4 Stockdale RBIs. Josh Vela was 2 for 4 with two doubles and 3 RBIs, Miguel Marquez was 2 for 3 with a double and 2 RBIs, and Travis Lansford was 1 for 2 with two walks and 2 RBIs. West helped his own cause at the plate, as he went 1 for 4 with a double and 2 RBIs. Tristan Marquez had two hits and an RBI, Levi Scriven had a hit and an RBI, and Taylor Deason also had a hit for Stockdale.

With the win, the Brahmas improved to 11-7 on the year, and are 3-3 in district play.

The Brahmas were scheduled to travel to Cole April 17, and will be back at home Friday, April 20, against Luling. The Lady Brahmas were scheduled to close out their regular season at Brooks Academy April 17.

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