Matadors rally past Smithville to win home opener 6-4
Posted on 3/1/2017 6:42:00 AM.
(Seguin) – Smithville was poised to spoil the Seguin baseball team’s first home game of the season Tuesday night with a 4-0 lead in the middle of the third inning, but the Matadors rallied with a run in the third, four more in the fourth, and another in the fifth to notch a 6-4 win at ‘Smokey’ Joe Williams Field.

The comeback started Marcos Villamil singled in Hayden Haas, who was courtesy running for Robert McCall after a walk and advanced to second when Matt Weichold was hit by a pitch.

Cody Kachmar singled in Chase Hartman for the first of four Seguin runs in the bottom of the fourth to make it a 4-2 game. Juan Rodriguez belted a triple to left field, driving in Kachmar and Mason Mondin to knot up the contest at 4-4. McCall’s sacrifice fly plated Rodriguez for what proved to be the winning run.

Kachmar singled in Cameron Gutierrez to tack on an insurance run in the bottom of the fifth.

Seguin’s bullpen was a huge factor in the victory as well. Weichold replaced starter Jayden Herbold in the first inning and pitched through the fourth, allowing a single unearned run on two hits with three strikeouts and three walks to earn the win. Mason Mondin picked up the save with five strikeouts and only one walk in three scoreless, hitless frames.

Rodriguez finished 2-3 with a double, a triple, two RBIs and a run scored. Mondin, Gutierrez, and Weichold each tripled as well. Kachmar also went 2-3, drove in three, and scored once.

The Matadors (2-4) opened the season last week with a tournament in Houston, notching one victory and four losses on the road trip. Seguin fell to Klein-Collins 11-1 and edged Fort Bend-Elkins 6-5 on Thursday, lost to Stratford 12-0 and Cy Fair 9-3 on Friday, and came up short to St. Johns 8-0 on Friday.

The win over Elkins saw Rodriguez, McCall, and Weichold each collected two hits and an RBI, with each player doubling (Rodriguez twice). Mondin, Manuel Castillo, and Brendon Burgess each drove in a run, and McCall scored twice. Mondin was the winning pitcher, giving up four runs (three earned) on two hits with six strikeouts and four walks in five innings.

Seguin has two games on Thursday, against Fort Bend-Clements at Cibolo-Steele at 2:30 p.m., and against Snyder at Canyon Lake at 7:30 p.m. On Friday, the Matadors have two more games at Canyon Lake, against Hays at noon and Canyon Lake at 7:30 p.m.

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