Tigers split close games with Coyotes, Panthers
FLORESVILLE -- In a pair of 1-run games, the Floresville baseball team split decisions last week after knocking off Uvalde by the score of 6-5, and then dropping a 2-1 game to Medina Valley.
The Tigers hosted the Uvalde Coyotes on March 18, and had to work through all seven innings to secure the 1-run victory.
After a scoreless first inning, Uvalde got on the board in the second inning after a batter drew a walk, stole a couple of bases, and then ran home on a wild pitch. The Coyotes then added to their lead in the top of the third with 3 additional runs to take a 4-0 lead.
The Tigers climbed back into the game in the bottom of the third, though. Aaron Laskowski got things going with a sharp hit to center field, and then scored on an infield single by Mark Livesay. Matthew Pollok reached on a fielder’s choice, and Jared Kotzur singled to keep two Tigers on base. Daniel Ramirez reached base on an error, and Pollok and Kotzur found their way around the base path to make it a 4-3 game.
Uvalde tacked on a run in the top of the fifth to make it a 5-3 score, but the Tigers persisted and scored 1 run in each of the fifth, sixth, and seventh innings.
Livesay got on base after drawing a walk in the fifth, and Pollok ripped a double to put Livesay on third. Nick Sifuentes then hit a sacrifice fly to bring in Livesay and make it a 5-4 game.
In the sixth inning, Kyle Bippert walked to get on base, and Scott Gonzales hit a single to put runners at first and second. Luke Smith laid down a bunt, and everyone was safe. Laskowski then hit a sacrifice fly to score Bippert and tie the game at 5-5.
The Coyotes left two runners on base in the top of the seventh, but couldn’t get anyone across home plate. The Tigers then took their turn at bat in the bottom of the frame, looking for a win. Pollok reached first on an error, and Sifuentes moved him around to second but was out himself. Matthew Arevalos moved Pollok over to third with a single to shortstop. With the Tigers’ winning run on third and two outs, Kyle Bippert came to the plate. Bippert didn’t have to be a hero, though, as Pollok took home plate on a pitch, and ended the game with a Tiger score.
The 6-5 win was big for Floresville, but the Tigers didn’t get to enjoy it for long. Next on the schedule was Medina Valley, and the Panthers were sitting right on top of District 29-4A.
After two scoreless innings in Castroville, the Panthers broke the stalemate in the bottom of the third inning. Medina Valley hit a couple of singles and scored a run before the third out was made.
In the top of the sixth inning, the Tigers tied things up. Bippert got on first after drawing a walk, and then moved to second on a wild pitch. Gonzales moved Bippert over to third on a bunt, but was later a casualty of the double play that got him and Sifuentes. Bippert got home on the play, though, and tied the game at 1 run apiece.
The tie remained through the seventh, and the teams went into extra innings. The Tigers had a three-up, three-down showing in the top of the eighth, and Medina Valley put the game away in the bottom of the inning following a walk, a passed ball, and a couple of sacrifice flies.
The loss dropped the Tigers to 9-6 overall, and Floresville is 3-2 in district play. The Tigers were scheduled to host Kennedy March 25, and will be at Southside this Friday, March 28, beginning at 6:30 p.m.