Tigers’ season ends in bi-district play
They put together a great effort late in district play to reach the postseason, but after a 12-2 loss at the hands of the Victoria East Titans last Thursday in a bi-district playoff, the 2014 baseball season has come to an end for the Floresville Tigers.
The teams met in Hallettsville for the game, and things were scoreless after the first inning of play. A pair of Victoria East hits and a Floresville error led to a pair of runs for the Titans in the top of the second inning, though, and the Tigers knew they would have to play catch-up.
Matthew Arevalos got the Tigers going in the bottom of the second inning as he ripped a single to left field. E.T. Guerrero came in to run for Arevalos, and Luke Smith drew a walk to put runners at first and second. Jared Kotzur made contact and reached on an error, which also allowed Guerrero to score. Victoria East quickly got two more outs, but the score stood at 2-1.
The top of the third was particularly bad for Floresville, as the Titans tacked on 4 runs. The first batter of the inning homered over the left field fence, and the second batter smacked a double into right field. After a couple more hits, a walk, and a Floresville error, the score stood at 6-1.
The Tigers managed to get 1 run back in the bottom of the fourth inning. Arevalos singled to right to start things out, and Guerrero once again came in to run. With Smith at the plate, Guerrero stole second, and then scored as Smith drove the ball into left field for an RBI single. The Tigers were looking to be in good shape, but three straight strikeouts retired the side, and ended Floresville’s scoring for the night.
Victoria East went on to score 5 runs in the top of the fifth, and 1 run in the top of the seventh inning en route to the 12-2 win. The loss for Floresville ended the Tigers’ season, but Head Coach Jason Pfluger wasn’t hanging his head.
“I was proud of our season,” he later said.
Guerrero scored both runs for the Tigers, and Smith had the team’s lone RBI. Arevalos had two hits for Floresville, Aaron Laskowski had one hit, and Smith had the other. Jared Morin, Scott Gonzales, and Smith all drew walks, and Guerrero and Kyle Bippert each had a stolen base.
Arevalos pitched four and two-thirds innings, striking out one batter and walking another. He did give up 10 hits and 4 earned runs. Nick Sifuentes came on in relief, earning two strikeouts, while giving up two walks and four hits. He allowed 3 earned runs.
Congratulations to the Tiger baseball team on another solid season and playoff appearance.