Jevon Santos leads Trojans to regional quarterfinalsFree Access

Jevon Santos did a little bit of everything for the Charlotte baseball team Friday night.

The junior pitcher tossed a one-hitter and hit a home run in leading the Trojans to a 4-1 win over Three Rivers in a one-game area playoff at San Antonio Northside ISD’s Hardin Athletic Complex.

Santos did not allow a hit until the final frame.

Bulldogs center fielder RJ Galvan led off the seventh with a triple to right field, scoring on an error at third base. Santos recovered, however, striking out the side to cap the complete-game effort.

Santos finished with 11 strikeouts and two walks.

The victory propels Charlotte into the regional quarterfinals against Mason, which won a three-game series over Port Aransas over the weekend in Converse.

Santos gave the Trojans a 4-0 lead with a two-run homer in the fifth.

It was one of five hits for Charlotte.

The Trojans opened the scoring in the second when Damien Cruz scored on a passed ball.

Cruz led off with a double to left field. Mark Gaitan put Charlotte in front 2-0 with an RBI single later in the inning.

Jesse Cantu and Mario Campos had the Trojans’ other hits.

Galvan and Kyle Garcia combined for a solid night of pitching for the Bulldogs, striking out eight with two walks. But Three Rivers could not figure out Santos, who got backup from some stellar defense.

Charlotte (23-5-2 overall) has won 17 in a row. An 18th straight win would send the Trojans to the regional semifinals.

Charlotte will face Mason in a one-game playoff at 7 p.m. Friday at Kerrville Tivy.

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