Poteet’s defensive miscues helped district foe Poth narrowly escape defeat.
On Tuesday, the Aggies (3-14, 2-5) fell to the Pirates 5-4. The Pirates scored the eventual winning run in the sixth inning of their District 27-3A match-up.
“We just have to stay focused and keep taking reps in practice,” said Poteet Head Coach Terry Parsons. “Hopefully, next time around you don’t make those mistakes.”
In the bottom of the sixth inning, a pop fly with one out was bobbled by the shortstop and that would-be out would turn into the winning run for Poth.
A base hit to right field was far enough for the runner to make it home barely beating the tag.
Poteet was two games behind Natalia (10-8, 3-3) and Cotulla (5-8, 3-3) in fourth place after Tuesday’s slate of games.
“Our destiny is in our own hands. We are more than capable of winning the four games we need to at least tie to see if we can go to playoffs,” Parsons said.
He said the team has competed with every team they faced in district, but the balls just haven’t bounced the Aggies way.
“We’re going to keep pushing. We’re going to keep fighting,” Parson said.
Poteet took an early lead in the first inning, but Poth answered back. Tyler Daigle tied the game with a single and Julian Moya’s hard hit to the third baseman was bobbled, which brought the runner home for the 4-2 lead.
The Aggies’ gloves kept Poth from scoring in the third with a 1-3-5 double play between starting pitcher Jack Carrasco, Moya and third baseman Jose Guerra covering home. Joe Davila also showed off his skills with a full extension catch that ended the fifth inning.
“I just saw that ball and knew that I had to get it,” Davila said. “I’ve just gotta make those moves defensively.”
Davila said, after the loss, the team is pushing forward and they will keep rolling.
Carrasco said the defense kept everything in front of them, but the bats needed to come through when they had runners on base.
“We’ve got to adjust to the strike zone and come ahead,” Carrasco said. “We have to keep it in control. We can’t let errors happen and we have to play our own game.”
Carrasco pitched four-and-two-thirds innings, allowing four runs on seven hits with three strikeouts to get the no-decision. Guerra was charged with the loss after allowing one run on one hit in one-and-a-third innings pitched.
Carrasco and Diego Garza each had two hits for the Aggies. Garza was 2-for-3 at the plate with an RBI and a run scored.
The Aggies will play Natalia on Friday with first pitch scheduled for 7 p.m.