In the opening game of District, the El Campo 12U All-Stars had a few late errors against Lamar National, ultimately falling 5-2 in extra innings in Rosenberg.
The loss moves El Campo into the losers bracket. They played Needville Friday night in Rosenberg. If El Campo picks up the win they’ll play the loser of Lamar National and Angleton.
With two outs and runners on the corners, Lamar National hit a single scoring two runs, on a bad throw home. Lamar National hit another single to make the game 5-2. All three of Lamar National’s runs in the inning where unearned.
“It was our day to make errors, that’s how the game goes,” coach Nolan Stehling said. “We just didn’t make enough plays. A few plays went against us. A couple of mental errors running the bases, but that’s not on them, that’s them being 12 (years old).”
In the bottom of the seventh, El Campo put some pressure on Lamar National, but they couldn’t get any runners across the plate. With an out in the seventh. Austin Babcock hit single to right. Clay Stehling followed with a walk to bring the tying run to the plate. However, two strikeouts ended the game, handing them their first loss of all-star play.
Lane Schulz kept El Campo in the game early. His pitching kept Lamar National in check, holding them to three hits and one earned run in his four innings of work. Schulz also struck out eight batters and allowed no walks.
“He had good location with his fastball,” Stehling said. “They didn’t do a good job handling it.”
Because of pitch count rules, Schulz won’t be able to pitch again until he has three days of rest.
Trailing 1-0 in the bottom of the third, El Campo’s offense answered Lamar National. Conner Bush led off the inning after getting hit-by-a-pitch. Babcock followed with a walk to put two runners on with no outs. Stehling laid down a perfect down the third base line. Lamar National had no throw and everyone was safe. After a force out at home, Schulz doubled off the centerfield wall. El Campo scored two runs. A third run looked like it crossed the plate, but the umpire ruled Lamar National’s catcher tagged the El Campo runner on the knee.
El Campo didn’t score again but they came close in the bottom of the fifth. With two outs in the inning, James Dorotik drew a walk. After a passed ball, Schulz singled to put runners on the corners. El Campo tried to execute a double steal, but it was delayed. Lamar National didn’t bite and El Campo was thrown out on the base paths to end the inning.
El Campo softball all-star’s run is over. 12U softball fell to Needville 10-0, winning the best of three District 18 series. 10U softball made it to the District championship but fell to Brazos 8-4.
El Campo senior league baseball kicks off today at home. El Campo will play the winner of Angleton and Bay City who played Friday.