Jourdanton outlasts Poteet in slugfest

Kooper Schorsch slides in to third base during Jourdanton’s 14-13 win over Poteet. GABRIEL ROMERO | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

Poteet’s late push wasn’t enough to overcome Jourdanton’s clutch pitching.

The Aggies and Indians squared off in their second District 27-3A game, which ended in a high-scoring 14-13 affair. Jourdanton had led by as many as 10 runs.

“We had a chance to finish that game early. We have to back up our pitching staff,” Jourdanton Head Coach John Conway.

With two outs in the fourth inning, up 11-1 and a chance to end the game, a routine pop-fly to center fielder Nick Cordova was dropped allowing two runs to score.

Jourdanton worked on cutting down errors during practices and Conway knows the defense can step up.

“We work on a lot of situational stuff and our outfielder made a judgement on it and that happens from time to time, but we have to be able to adjust,” Conway said.

In the first inning, Kooper Schorsch hit an RBI single, but Tristan Kraft was thrown out at home trying to beat the throw, which stopped Jourdanton’s push. Schorsch would finish the game 3-for-4 at the plate with two RBIs. 

The third inning saw Schorsch hit a single that dropped into right-center field and passed the right and center fielders. When he saw the ball roll pass the Aggies, he made his way to third base. The ball was thrown away and he made it home. 

Tate Yow had two RBIs in Jourdanton’s big third inning. He would go on to a 2-for-3 day at the plate with a team-high four RBIs.

The defense didn’t back up pitcher Brett Berg the way they were in the first three innings. Berg only gave up one run in three innings with two strikeouts and had a RBI to help himself out.

Brett Berg winds up to pitch during Jourdanton’s 14-13 win over Poteet on Friday, April 16. GABRIEL ROMERO | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

“We jumped on them early. If those errors don’t happen, then we win this game after five innings,” Berg said.

Poteet exploded in the sixth inning with seven runs to make it a one-run game. They went into the bottom of the seventh with a chance to tie the game, but Clyde Schuchart had three strikeouts to end the game.

“We just told ourselves that we can’t control what happened in the first six innings, but we can control what happens there,” Berg said.

The win keeps Jourdanton in the playoff picture with four games remaining and Berg feels like clean play on defense will keep the team moving forward.

The last time these teams played on March 23, Jourdanton captured the 2-1 win.

For the Aggies, their playoff push is all but over. They are three games behind Jourdanton, who currently occupies the fourth and final playoff spot and holds the head-to-head tiebreaker. Poteet could still make the playoffs if Jourdanton were to lose their final four games and the Aggies won all of their remaining games.

For Poteet Head Coach Terry Parsons, he couldn’t be prouder than the way his team battled back.

“We have a little tower that says fight never dies, that’s what we stress,” Parsons said. “You never know what’s going to happen in this game, so you have to keep fighting until the end.”

Darrin Garcia waits for a pitch during Poteet’s 14-13 loss to Jourdanton on Friday, April 16. GABRIEL ROMERO | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

Diego Garza had an RBI single and Jack Carrasco had an RBI double in the sixth, Joe Davila drew a bases-loaded walk, Jose Guerra had two RBIs on a single and Darrin Garcia added an RBI. Ricardo Natal reached first on a throwing error that saw two more runs cross home plate.

“it shows that we’re capable of scoring runs. We’ve shown it in several district games including this one. We just have to be consistent and know that we’re capable of doing that,” Parsons explained.

Guerra was the lone Aggie to register multiple RBIs in the slugfest, going 2-for-4 with three RBIs

Julian Moya came into pitch the rest of the game for the Aggies and had four strikeouts.

“We’re proud of where we ended up, but we wish we could have come back for the win,” Moya said. “We picked our heads up and started playing.”

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