Kraft delivers six RBIs in Jourdanton’s rout of Natalia

Brett Berg high-fives his teammates after Jourdanton’s 12-2 win over Natalia on Tuesday. GABRIEL ROMERO | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

Jourdanton captured its third win in a row and has revenge in mind for Cotulla on Friday.

On Tuesday, Tristin Kraft had an explosive night at the plate with six RBIs in the 12-2 victory against the Natalia Mustangs.

“It’s good, you always want to finish strong and I feel like we’re jelling a little better,” said Head Coach John Conway.

The Indians (13-6, 9-4) were making contact, but the Mustangs were quick to the ball. They finally broke through in the fifth inning to break a 2-2 tie.

“We were more selective on our pitching because we can get some pitches that we can drive,” Conway said.

The team finished with 17 hits against Natalia and put up 12 runs, six of those coming from Kraft.

“I had a lot of confidence going up to the plate today. I’ve been in a slump for the past few games,” Kraft said.

Kraft was 5-for-5, all of which. As the team’s designated hitter, Kraft saw it as his job to be the difference for Jourdanton.

“It feels great, but without my teammates getting on base for me I wouldn’t have been in that position,” Kraft expressed.

Kraft stepped up to the plate with the bases loaded in the sixth inning and put a soft-hit ball 10 feet in front of the catcher, which brought in a run.

The third straight win for Jourdanton means the team is getting hot at the right time of the year. A win on Friday would lock up second place in District 27-3A.

“Finishing the season with a win would be big. We should have beat them last time, so that win would make a big statement going into the playoffs,” Kraft said.

Clyde Schuchart started the game and went three innings, giving up two runs, striking out three batters and walking two. The sophomore had an inning-ending double play in the second when the batter popped the ball up on a check swing. Schuchart made a diving catch and picked the runner off at first base.

Brett Berg took over for Schuchart and threw four hitless innings with six strikeouts and allowed two walks to pick up the win.

Berg was ecstatic about his pitching performance, but couldn’t stop raving about the offense.

“We got the sticks going. Seventeen hits, that is just incredible. They got my back when I was on the mound,” Berg said. “If you just put the ball in play, good things will happen.”

The team struggled with strikeouts in the beginning of the season, but Berg has seen improvement since then.

“We are finding the open spots in the field now,” Berg explained.

He added that, while the bats were able to do damage against Natalia, the bats need to stay hot to win on Friday.

The last time Jourdanton and Cotulla played mistakes hit the Indians, which caused them to lose the lead and eventually the game 8-4 on April 6.

The game will start on Friday at 7 p.m.

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