High school baseball: Navarro, Marion tournament recaps
Posted on 3/1/2017 6:41:00 AM.
Navarro baseball goes 4-1 in home tournament
(Geronimo) – The Navarro baseball team opened the 2017 team season a 4-1 record in five games last week at its annual tournament in Geronimo, which also served as co-host to Marion’s tournament (along with La Vernia) due to construction delays on the Bulldogs’ facility renovations.

The Panthers used dominant pitching performances to beat Devine 4-1 and Cameron-Yoe 5-0 on Thursday. Navarro split a pair of close games on Friday, falling to Luling 7-6 and defeating Lago Vista 7-5. The Panthers closed the tournament with a 7-2 win over Blanco on Saturday.

Matthew Maldonado tossed five scoreless, hitless innings of no-hit ball with seven strikeouts and three walks to earn the win against Devine on Thursday, and Evan Hendricks relieved him in the sixth. Mason McCalip and Leo Herrera each drove in a run. Joe Burch pitched a one-hitter with six strikeouts and no walks for the complete-game shutout win against Yoe. Herrera went 2-4 and scored twice, and Jake Wright notched an RBI.

In Friday’s loss to Luling, Maldonado went 2-3 with a double, a triple, two RBIs, and two runs scored. Zach Moore went 2-3, scored twice, and drove in one. Burch and Hunter Stephens each drove in one. The Friday win over Lago Vista saw Burch, Maldonado, and Dean Wallace each go 2-3 at the plate. Burch drove in two, Maldonado scored twice, and Wallace recorded an RBI and a run scored. Dakota Leopold also drove in two. Moore earned the win, allowing five runs (four earned) on eight hits with five strikeouts and a walk in five innings, and Burch worked around a hit and a walk to pitch a scoreless sixth.

Leopold worked six strong innings on the mound to notch the win on Saturday against Blanco, allowing a pair of unearned runs on three hits with three strikeouts and only one walk. Rawson Young relieved him in the seventh and worked around a hit to keep Blanco scoreless in the final frame. Wallace went 3-3 at the plate and scored once. Burch went 2-3 with a double, scored twice, and drove in one. Maldonado drove in a run, Stephens doubled, and McCalip had a hit and a run scored.

Navarro plays in the Floresville Tournament this Thursday through Saturday.

Marion baseball finishes 3-1-1 in season opening tourney
(La Vernia) – The Marion High School baseball team served as the co-host to a season opening tournament last week, with games played at Navarro and La Vernia due to ongoing construction on Marion’s new home facility, and the Bulldogs notched three wins, a tie, and a loss over the course of the three-day event.

Marion opened the tournament with two wins on Thursday, 5-1 over Canyon Lake and 3-0 over St. Anthony. The Bulldogs’ game against La Vernia on Friday finished in a 4-4 tie due to the time limit. Marion capped Friday with a 4-3 victory over Blanco, but dropped the tournament final to Lago Vista 10-5 on Saturday.

Garrett Corkran belted a three-run home run against Canyon Lake, while Garrett Rodgers and Brandon Stanley each drove in a run. Jared Mendez tossed a five-inning one-hitter, allowing a single run with two strikeouts and a walk. Corkran starred on the mound in the shutout of St. Anthony, striking out 10 with only two walks in a five-inning three-hitter. Corkran, Mendez, and Noah Haese each notched a hit and an RBI in that game.

Tyler Seboldt doubled and scored twice in the tie with La Vernia. Mendez drove in two, Tayler Mills went 2-3 with an RBI, and Corkran drove in a run. Mills took no decision on the mound after four runs on five hits with five strikeouts and three walks in five innings. The Friday win over Blanco saw Mills, Mendez, Tucker Woods, and Matthew Dutton each drive in a run, with Mendez going 2-2 on the night. Seboldt earned the win after allowing two unearned runs on six hits in five innings. Dutton gave up a run on a pair of hits and two walks in the final frame, but still notched the save.

In Saturday’s loss to Lago Vista, Seboldt went 2-2 and drove in two, while Corkran and Woods each had an RBI.

Marion (3-1-1) plays in the Devine Tournament this Thursday through Saturday.

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