Trojan Baseball competes in Dilley Tournament
The Charlotte Trojans were able to split during their Thursday action at the Dilley Tournament before falling Monday night against #3 state ranked Port Aransas. The Trojans began with their second straight victory over neighboring Poteet, before dropping a heart breaker to district foe D’Hanis during a non-district contest and a non-district game against the Marlins. The Trojans fall to 10-3 on the season as they prepare for their district opener.
Poteet- The Charlotte Trojans worked behind the pitching of Isaac Santos, to hold the Aggies grounded all day long. Santos went six innings, allowing just three hits and two earned runs in the contest.
Offensively, the Trojans were not much better with four hits, but it was the walks and errors from the Aggie defense that surrendered this game.
Charlotte struck in the top of the first, as they scored two runs thanks to an Isaac Santos single, a Javier Zuniga single and a wild pitch.
The Aggies answered back in the bottom of the second, scoring their only two runs on a Kevin Camarillo walk, an error and a passed ball which allowed Camarillo and Garrison Vera to score.
Charlotte was able to close the door with two runs in the third and one in the sixth to take this contest, 5-2.
In the third inning, the Trojans used errors, passed balls and a Weigang single to score in Zuniga and Weigang giving them a 4-2 lead.
The last run was scored in the 6th inning, courtesy of a HBP by Tijerina and an Isaac Santos single to seal the deal on the victory.
Brandon Herrera and John Matt Lopez accounted for action on the mound for the Aggies. Herrera allowed one hit, two runs(1 earned) while walking two and striking out one in his 1.0 inning pitched. Lopez pitched 3.0 innings, allowing one run, one hit, while striking out four and walking no one.
“We pitched well and played good defense. Isaac kept their hitters off balance throughout the game,” stated Coach Will Gates.
At bat (Charlotte)- Santos 2-4-1run scored-1RBI, Zuniga 1-4-2runs scored-1RBI, Weigang 1-4-1run scored-1RBI, Nick Luna 0-3, James DeLeon 0-1, Steven Oropeza 0-3, John Mark Pesqueda 0-1, Orlando Rodriguez 0-1 and Adan Tijerina 0-2-1run scored.
(Poteet)- Ray Rodriguez 0-3, Ryan Chapa 1-3, Ruben Reyes 0-3, Camarillo 0-1-1run scored, Herrera 1-3-1RBI, Guerra 0-2, Vera 0-1-1run scored, Ronald Sanchez 1-2, RJ Ramos 0-1, Eric Perez 0-1 and Salome Briseno 0-1.
D’Hanis- In the second and what would be final game of the Dilley Tourney, Charlotte faced district rival D’Hanis.
The Trojans were forced to use three pitchers on the mound during the game. Nick Luna pitched 5.2 innings, as he allowed seven hits, seven runs, (two earned), including three walks and striking out six. James DeLeon then pitched 1.0 inning allowing one hit, two runs (one earned) while walking two and striking out none. Dilan Weigang then pitched .1 innings walking one in the game.
This was a game that featured back and forth offensive attacks. The D’Hanis Cowboys were able to break open a 7-7 tie in the seventh inning with two final runs to top Charlotte, 9-7.
The Cowboys finished the game with eight hits and two defensive errors as Charlotte accounted for seven hits and surrendered four defensive errors.
At bat- Santos 1-3-3runs scored-2RBIs, Zuniga 2-3- 1run scored-2RBIs, Weigang 2-4-2RBIs, Luna 0-4, Vallejo 0-2, Oropeza 1-3-1run scored, Pesqueda 1-3-1run scored, Tijerina 0-3 and Cutler 0-0-1run scored.
“This was probably one of the most complete games that we played all year. A couple of errors cost us. We hit the ball well. Nick pitched well and kept us in the game. It was a good confidence booster heading into next week,” stated Gates.
#3 Port Aransas- The Trojans faced the #3 Marlins during a non-district game played in Sabinal. Dilan Weigang took the mound for the Trojans, as he went six innings allowing ten hits, while walking seven and striking out seven.
Port A came alive early in this one, as Charlotte started off a bit shaky. After watching the Trojans go up 1-0 in the top of the 1st inning, Port A responded with a four run first inning and a three run second to take a commanding 7-1 lead.
Charlotte rallied back with a three run third inning, but that is all they would compile in the game. Port Aransas would finish with the 7-4 victory over the Trojans.
Charlotte finished with six hits and no defensive errors as the Marlins finished with ten hits and one defensive error.
“We got off to a slow start. Once Dilan and the defense settled down, we were fine. We can not do that against a good team and they are #3 in the state according to TSCBCA.
AT bat- Santos 1-3-1run scored, Zuniga 3-4-1run scored-1RBI, Weigang 1-4-1run scored-1RBI, Luna 0-4-1run scored, Estrada 0-3, Cantu 0-2, DeLeon 0-1, Pesqueda 0-3, Tijerina 0-3 and Diaz 1-1.
Upcoming Games: (Poteet)- The Poteet Aggies will battle the Pleasanton Eagles on Friday, March 16th with a 4:30 p.m. Jv and a 7:00 p.m. Varsity contest.
On Tuesday, March 20th the LaVernia Bears come to town for a 4:30 p.m. and a 7:00 p.m. varsity game.
Charlotte- On Thursday, March 15th the Trojans travel to Nixon to battle the Nixon- Smiley Mustangs with a 12:00 noon non-district game.
On Tuesday, March 20th the Trojans begin district play with a re-match against the Cowboys on the road at 4:30 p.m.