Big toss to the base

An East Bernard batter tries to lay a bunt down Sunday evening, but Jake Drabek was johnny on the spot, picking up the ball and throwing him out at first base. El Campo went on to beat East Bernard 6-3. 

 

Starting off the All-Star season it’s important to get game one in the double-elimination Little League tournament. On Saturday and Sunday, all three of El Campo’s teams competing across the area won their first game, setting them up to be competitive and potentially make it out of their bracket.

While the 12U’s blew out the teams they played, it was 10U that needed a comeback to keep them away from the dreaded heavy first round loss. At home, in front of a packed house, 10U baseball railed and beat East Bernard 6-3.

East Bernard jumped on the scoreboard first. With the bases loaded and two outs, an El Campo wild pitch brought home an East Bernard run. A swinging strikeout ended the inning.

El Campo tired to answer instantly. Leadoff hitter Jackson Bystrek hit an infield single and reached second on a throwing error. A wild pitch sent him over to third base and with no outs and El Campo had the tieing run 90 feet away. East Bernard got a short pop fly. After it was caught Bystrek took off for home. The ball beat Bystrek to the plate so he made a full leap over the catcher, but he missed home plate when he landed. The East Bernard catcher was able to tag Bystrek and record the out.

In the top of the third inning, East Bernard added on two more runs, to push the lead to 3-0.

El Campo’s offense took advantage of a few free bases from East Bernard in the bottom of the third and eventually tied the game. East Bernard allowed three straight walks to load the bases. Luke Dornak put El Campo on the board scoring from third base on a wild pitch.

“We were all asleep at 3-0,” Dornak said. “Then I made that play and everybody woke up.”

With the runners moved up, Kyle Wied’s groundout RBI made it a one-run game. Jake Drabek singled, a batter later and with two outs, his hit tied the game.

With a tied game, El Campo got a 1-2-3 inning on defense and handed the ball back to the offense. Jax Bubela hit a hard single to left field and reached second on an error by the fielder. Dornak followed with a bouncer to the third base. The East Bernard fielder made a quick throw to try and beat the El Campo speedster, but it was high and he was safe and Dornak scored, giving them the lead. Dornak tacked on another run, scoring on a wild pitch later in the inning.

Drabek pitched another 1-2-3 inning, picking up two strikeouts and a ground out, giving the offense another shot at East Bernard.

El Campo added an extra insurance run in the bottom of the sixth. Teagan Faas led off the inning with a single. After two wild pitches, Faas made his way to third base. Drabek grounded out to first, scoring Faas.

East Bernard put together a final rally in the top of the sixth inning. With two outs and runners on third and second, Bystrek who came into relieve Drabek to start the sixth, picked up his third strikeout of the inning to end the game and give El Campo the win.

“It’s big deal when you’re down and then your team starts picking each other up,” Faas said. “It’s just awesome how stuff like that happens like that.”

El Campo, Tuesday night played Needville in El Campo. If they win, they’ll play again on Thursday. If they lost, they’ll play again on Wednesday.

12U softball took down Palacios 16-5 in Van Vleck on Saturday night. 12U softball with back-to-back wins will play in the Area championship game.

The game was Tuesday night against (Van Vleck or Brazos).

24 hours after the win over Palacios, the team picked up another win over Van Vleck 8-7.

Between the two games, Addisyn Fisher pitched eight innings and had 16 strikeouts.

12U baseball also picked up back-to-back wins.

hey played East Bernard Tuesday night. The 12Us started the tournament, beating Lamar American 14-3 Saturday night in Rosenberg.

After a rainout, the 12U squad came from behind to beat Rosenberg. Trailing by one run in the bottom of the sixth, the offense was able to tie and win the game, without recording an out. Lane Schulz had four hits and drove in seven runs in the two games.

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