Navarro baseball rolls through Floresville tourney with 4-0 mark
(Floresville) – The Navarro baseball team cruised through the rain-shortened Floresville Tournament last week, notching four victories without a loss over the course of Thursday and Friday before the weather forced the cancellation of Saturday’s games.
Navarro blasted the Floresville JV 19-0 on Thursday and handled Victoria West 9-2. The Panthers doubled up the Floresville varsity 4-2 on Friday and capped the tournament with a 16-1 shellacking of San Antonio-Lanier.
Matthew Maldonado hit a home run and drove in three against the Floresville JV. Mason McCalip and Leo Herrera notched three RBIs apiece, with McCalip going 2-3 and scoring twice. Jake Wright, Joe Burch, and Zach Moore each went 2-3, with Burch scoring three times while Wright and Moore each drove in a run. Dean Wallace, Jared Leal, and Dakota Leopold each had an RBI as well. Moore pitched two scoreless innings with two strikeouts, and Evans Hendricks fanned two in his one-inning relief appearance.
Maldonado drove in three more runs against Victoria West. Herrera, Wallace, Hunter Stephens, and McCalip each went 2-3. Wallace and Wright each drove in two runs, and Leopold had one RBI. Herrera, Wallace, and Leopold each scored twice. Burch earned the complete-game win, giving up two runs (one earned) on three hits with five strikeouts and a walk in six innings.
Navarro built an early 4-0 lead and survived a two-run third inning by Floresville in Friday’s first game. Moore drove in two runs, while Wright recorded a hit, a run, and an RBI. Wallace and McCalip each went 2-3, and Maldonado finished 2-4. Wallace, Leal, Wright, and Burch each scored once. Maldonado picked up the win after a five-inning start, allowing two unearned runs on three hits and two walks with three strikeouts.
Burch, Moore, and Wallace each doubled against Lanier, and Burch also tripled as part of a three-RBI performance. Wright also drove in three and scored three runs. Wallace went 3-3 with three runs and two RBIs. Moore went 2-3 and drove in one, and Herrera notched an RBI and two runs scored. Rawson Young pitched two innings and gave up an unearned run without allowing a hit, and Austin Supak worked around one hit to toss a scoreless frame.
The tournament wins moved Navarro’s record to 8-1. The Panthers were slated to host Pearsall on Monday at 6 p.m., but no final was available at press time.
Navarro softball rally falls short in road loss
(Fischer) – The Navarro softball team had the tying run on third base with two outs in the top of the seventh inning against Canyon Lake Friday night, but the Hawks induced a game ending ground-out to hand the Panthers a 5-4 loss in Fischer.
Navarro trailed 5-2 heading into the seventh. Cayli Cowan led off with a solo home run, and Alexis Valdez singled in Ashlea Fredericks to make it a one-run game. Bailee Stanzione singled to move Valdez’s courtesy runner Jaylyn Rodriguez to third with two outs, but Canyon Lake made the necessary defensive play on Lindsey Gresham’s grounder to record the final out and keep the tying run off the board.
Cowan struck out nine in seven innings while allowing five runs on five hits with seven walks in the pitcher’s circle.
Valdez finished 4-4 with a run and an RBI, while Stanzione went 3-4 and drove in two. Emily Hinkelmann went 1-3 and scored once.
Navarro (8-4-1) hits the road again tonight for a 5:30 p.m. first pitch against Del Valle.