Berg, Indians bounce back with run rule win

Brett Berg hurls a pitch home during Jourdanton’s 13-3 win over Dilley on Friday, April 9. SAM FOWLER | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

The Jourdanton Indians bounced back into the win column in dominant fashion.

Jourdanton (9-5, 5-3) beat Dilley 13-3 in five innings on Friday, April 9. The Indians sealed the game in walk-off fashion on Brett Berg’s two-run double. The senior utility man would come around on the same play thanks to a pair of errors by the Wolves.

The Indians scored their 13 runs on 11 hits. That followed a dismal showing in an 8-4 loss to Cotulla on Tuesday, April 6, where Jourdanton managed just four runs on 10 hits with two runs coming in the first inning.

Jourdanton matched Tuesday’s total runs scored in the first inning with a four spot on Dilley’s Abel Garcia.

“It’s really big [for confidence],” Head Coach John Conway said. “Last time, we got up against Cotulla and it came back to bite us. This time, we were trying to make sure we were keeping the pedal to the metal. … The boys came through.”

Berg spurred the Indians’ defensive performance by pitching a dominant 4 2/3 innings, allowing just three runs on two hits and three walks with eight strikeouts. He was credited with the win.

The RHP was perfect through three innings, striking out five along the way. 

“Man, my fastball was really commanding,” Berg said. “They were a little behind on it, so I just kept pounding the fastball.”

Berg kept the Wolves away until the fifth inning when he began to feel fatigued. Dilley was able to put three runs up on the senior on one hit in the inning.

That led Berg to feel as though he needed to make up for those runs, which he did with his walk-off. He took a 1-2 pitch to left field, delivering his second and third RBIs of the game with Colton Schuchart and Jace Heirholzer coming around to score.

He would finish the game 3-for-4 at the plate and a home run shy of the cycle.

“After that fifth inning, I kinda put it on my back like, ‘Hey, that was my fault for the three runs,’” Berg said. “So, I knew I had to make something happen and I did.”

Tristan Kraft loads up to deliver a hit in Jourdanton’s 13-3 win over Dilley on Friday, April 9. SAM FOWLER | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

Also delivering at the plate was junior Tristan Kraft. He finished the day 2-for-3 with three RBIs to his credit and a pair of runs scored on Friday.

Kraft was held to just one hit in Tuesday’s loss.

“That Cotulla loss was a hard loss because we know we could’ve beat that team,” Kraft said. “So, to come out here and put 13 runs on the board and 11 hits, to produce hits, it feels really good and boosts our confidence.”

Kraft also threw 1/3 of an inning in relief of Berg, allowing a walk and an inherited runner to score. He threw just 10 pitches.

“It built my confidence because, this year, I haven’t really pitched,” Kraft said. “So, to come in and shut them down, it feels really good.”

Jourdanton will host Lytle (12-5-1, 7-0) on Tuesday, looking to avenge a 4-3 loss from March 19.

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