Ambriz no-hits Badgers, Aggies barrel toward district



Poteet’s Jordan Ambriz delivers a pitch during his no-hitter on March 8. AIDAN DENSON | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

Poteet’s Jordan Ambriz delivers a pitch during his no-hitter on March 8. AIDAN DENSON | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

Jordan Ambriz pitched a five-inning no-hitter in Poteet’s 16-0 home win against Karnes City on March 8. Ambriz struck out nine batters and threw 58 pitches. He had first-pitch strikes against 11 of the 16 hitters he faced.

“It feels pretty good,” Ambriz said of earning his first no-hitter. “After the first few innings, I had a good idea. I was locating it pretty well.”

He struck out eight of the first 13 Badgers batters he faced.

Teammate Joseph Mancha praised Ambriz’s performance, saying, “Jordan’s just an overall good player.”

Poteet (7-3) scored four in the first inning, five in the third and seven in the fourth. The Aggies drew nine walks, including five in the fourth. Sam Ortiz and Daryn Garza both had three hits. Bobby Benavidez collected two hits and two RBIs. Ambriz had three RBIs.

Poteet coach Terry Parsons said the experience that Ambriz and Garza provide on the mound give the team a chance to be in every game they pitch.

Parsons said the team is heading in the right direc- tion with five wins in the last six games.

“I believe we’re heading there. We’re making mental mistakes. We need to cut those out. We’ve got to fine-tune things,” he said.

The Aggies rallied to beat Bandera 8-7 at home on March 12. Bandera scored four runs in the top of the first.

Poteet answered with five in the bottom of the third as the Aggies took advantage of errors. Mancha drove in two runs in the third.

Bandera scored four in the top of the seventh to take a 7-5 lead.

The Aggies came back with three runs in the bottom half, with a walkoff hit by Ambriz. He and Mancha both finished with three RBIs.

Garza struck out six batters in 6 2/3 innings.

The March 15 game at Natalia will be the Aggies’ last game before district.

Parsons said he hopes to see the team’s offense play up to the capability it showed against Karnes CIty as it hopes to compete in a tough district after finishing outside the top four last year.

Poteet averages 5.7 runs per game and has scored more than five in six of the last seven games.

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