Jevon Santos walkoff caps Charlotte comebackFree Access

Charlotte’s Jevon Santos wanted to make sure to complete the comeback Monday night.

The junior singled into left field in the bottom of the seventh to cap a five-run frame and give the Trojans an 8-7 win over Sabinal in the teams’ district opener at Trojan Field.

The game was originally scheduled for Tuesday but was moved because of the threat of rain.

Charlotte trailed 7-3 entering its final at-bats after the Yellowjackets tacked on an insurance run in the seventh. Christian Estrada started the rally with a lead-off single, and the Trojans were soon within two after a pair of hit batsmen and walks.

Casey Emerson entered the game with no outs and the bases loaded, striking out his first batter. He then hit Mark Gaitan and walked Jesse Cantu to set up Santos’ walkoff.

Max Rowland led Charlotte with two RBIs, hitting 1 for 2. Brandon Sanchez was 2 for 2 with an RBI and two walks. Cantu went 2 for 4 with an RBI and a double.

Sanchez started the game, allowing five earned runs on six hits with eight strikeouts. Alex Martinez earned the win after throwing two innings, allowing one earned run on one hit with four strikeouts and five walks.

The district-opening win moved the Trojans to 11-5-2 overall. Charlotte picked up a pair of wins last week ahead of the district slate.

The Trojans took down Knippa 13-2 at home March 20. Charlotte scored seven runs in the fifth to end the game in a run-rule.

The Crushers took a 1-0 lead after the first opening before an onslaught by the Trojans.

Charlotte scored two runs each in the second, third and fourth, and led 6-2 before the big inning ended it.

Santos hit two doubles, going 3 for 4 at the dish with a team-high three RBIs. Gaitan and Cantu each had two hits and an RBI.

Estrada went 1 for 3 with an RBI, and Sanchez also drove in a run.

The Trojans also took advantage of seven Knippa errors.

Sanchez picked up the win in relief. He threw 1.2 innings, allowing no hits and striking out five after entering in the fourth. Martinez started the game, giving up one earned run on two hits with three strikeouts and four walks.

Charlotte then traveled to Medina and won a tight one Friday night.

Behind seven hits, the Trojans edged the Bobcats 3-2. Charlotte scored two runs in the fifth to take a 3-0 lead, but Medina nearly made up the deficit with two in the same inning.

The Bobcats led off the inning by reaching on an error. A hit batter and single brought them within 3-1, and Medina used a sac bunt to cut the deficit to one.

The Bobcats got a player to third base, but the inning ended after he was thrown out attempting to steal home.

Each team had four errors, and Charlotte outhit Medina 7-2.

Damien Cruz went 2 for 4, the only player with multiple hits. He had one RBI.

Cantu and Sanchez each drove in a run as well.

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