The Jourdanton Indians had a shot to hand Lytle their first district loss of the season.
Instead, five errors spelled a late collapse for the Indians (9-6, 5-4) in a 10-8 loss to Lytle (13-5-1, 8-0) on Tuesday, April 13. Jourdanton led 6-4 entering the sixth inning before an error by senior pitcher Colton Schuchart allowed Carson Aldridge to score. Logan Wilson drove in Collin Aldridge two batters later to tie the game at 6-6.
Lytle would plate two more runs in the sixth on a two-run triple by Caleb Wood. It was the second time in as many meetings between the two that Jourdanton gave up a lead late in the game.
“It’s tough because that’s twice we’ve had a lead on [Lytle],” Head Coach John Conway said. “We beat ourselves tonight. We had five errors. When you play a well-coached ballclub, you can’t make those errors. We’ve gotta bounce back from that and eliminate those mistakes.”
The Indians had a chance to tie and even win the game in the bottom of the seventh with the winning run at the plate in sophomore Tristin Kraft. Jourdanton had pulled within 10-8 and had the tying run at second.
Kraft lined the first pitch he saw into center field, where Zakry Placido’s diving grab ended the game.
“I’m proud of our boys for the effort at the end there,” Conway said. “They showed fight until the very end. With Brett [Berg] on second, he ties the game up if that ball falls. That’s just the way baseball works.”
Jourdanton struggled at the plate, stranding 12 runners and hitting 2-for-14 with runners in scoring position. They lamented those missed opportunities following the loss, which put Jourdanton a half-game behind Natalia.
“We need to stop worrying about … solo stats when we need to be worrying about team stats and the runs,” Berg said. “If we stop the selfish hitting, I think we’ll be a pretty dang good ballclub.”
Schuchart was charged with the loss after allowing eight runs on three hits and seven walks with nine strikeouts in five innings of work. He left the mound in the sixth inning without recording an out.
The senior LHP had to work from behind the entire game. He allowed the leadoff batter to reach base in five of six innings he pitched. Schuchart also worked to strand six runners.
“You have to have a warrior’s mindset,” Schuchart said. “You can’t be intimidated by the other players, by the other team. You’ve just gotta go out there and do what you know you can do. I think sometimes we struggle with that. We get a little timid and we get down on ourselves a little bit too quick.
“I used to be that way. I used to always be hard on myself and stuff like that. In the past couple of years, I’ve learned to just roll with the flow and just keep working.”
Nick Cordova finished the day 3-for-3 at the plate. Cole Andrus had two RBIs to lead the team.
Jourdanton will travel to Poteet on Friday.