NEW BRAUNFELS—The Hallettsville baseball team looked every bit like a state championship contender during its area-round series over the weekend. Jourdanton coach Tim Bertholf, for one, is convinced.
“They’re deep in their pitching staff, and they’re pretty solid, hitting-wise, [batters] one through nine,” he said. “…They’re going to be tough. I’d be surprised if they’re not in the state tournament.”
Fifth-ranked Hallettsville advanced to the regional quarterfinals with Saturday’s 10-2 win over the Indians at New Braunfels Canyon. The result capped a dominant sweep for the Brahmas, who no-hit Jourdanton in a five-inning, 10-0 victory in the opener Friday.
“The guys in the bottom of the lineup do a good job of putting the ball in play, and the guys up in the top of the lineup are a threat to go deep or put one in the gap,” Bertholf said of Hallettsville.
While that depth was on display throughout the weekend—seven Brahmas had at least one multi-hit game—Hallettsville leaned on the heart of its order. The trio of Logan Holik, Rhett Trlicek and Ryan Targac not only accounted for 13 hits but also provided the winning pitching.
Targac, who went 4 for 5 with five RBIs in the series, struck out seven in four innings Friday, combining with Hunter Laqua for the no-hitter. Targac’s two walks prevented the perfect game.
Targac fell a single short of the cycle in Game 2, his two-run homer in the fourth giving the Brahmas a 7-2 lead.
Holik matched Targac with a two-run shot in the fifth to push the advantage to 9-2. Holik had two home runs in the series, batting 4 for 7 with six RBIs.
Trlicek earned the win Saturday, allowing two runs on five hits with five strikeouts. He helped his own cause with back-to-back triples and finished 5 for 6 with two RBIs in the series.
The Indians’ only runs came in the third frame. Miguel Galindo led off with a single before eventually scoring on an error. Colin Borth, a courtesy runner for Brett Berg, pulled Jourdanton within 5-2 on a wild pitch. Galindo and Berg each had two hits Saturday.
The Indians closed the season 13-14 overall after advancing to the second round. Jourdanton will return seven of Saturday’s starters next year, giving Bertholf optimism.
“They set the standards for what our program needs to be,” he said of this season’s squad. “[We] need to be in the playoffs year in and year out and try to advance next year a little bit deeper than this year and just keep going. It was a good learning experience for all the young kids, and I can’t say more about the seniors on this team. Their leadership was real big for this group.”