Game 1: Drovers Win Big Bats and Great Pitching
In game 1 of this series, the USAO Drovers beat the Texas Wesleyan Rams, by the score of 8-0.
The Drovers bats came out ready to hit, as they would collect 9 hits. USAO would get 1 hit from everyone who made the starting lineup. Miguel Lorenzo, went 1-2 with a single. P.J. Garcia went 1-3 with a single. Daniel Lafarga went 1-2 with a home run. Greg Barnette went 1-4 with a single. Kenniel Rivera went 1-3 with a home run. Henry Rodriguez went 1-3 with a single. Wyatt Hull went 1-2 with a home run. Stevie Thompson went 1-3 with a single. The Drovers would get a exceptional start from Francis Ventura, as he would toss a complete game two-hit shutout. After this win, Ventura moves to 3-0 on the season.
The bats for the Rams were kept very quiet by Ventura, as they were just able to put together 2 hits. Donnie Lopez, went 1-3 with a single. Kiki Menendez went 1-3 with a single. The Rams starting pitcher was Stephen Yancey, as he went 3 2/3 and allowed 7 runs on 7 hits. The only relief pitcher for the Rams, was Joseph Barfield. He would go 2 1/3 and allow 1 run on 2 hits.
W: Francis Ventura (3-0)
L: Stephen Yancey (3-2)
Game 2: Rams Snap Drovers 16 Game Win Streak
In game 2 of this Sooner Athletic Conference Matchup, the Texas Wesleyan Rams defeated the USAO Drovers 9-3.
The Texas Wesleyan offense woke up for this game and collected 13 hits, as they were led by Donnie Lopez. He would go 3-4 with 2 singles and a home run. Kiki Menendez went 2-4 with a single and a home run. Logan Bistrup went 2-3 with 2 singles. Jacob Barfield went 1-3 with a home run. Micheal Davila went 1-4 with a single. Kaden Brown went 1-4 with a single. Mark Schreiner went 1-3 with a single. Joseph Barfield went 1-4 with a single. The Rams got a great start from Brad Sugg, as he would go 5 2/3 innings and allow 3 runs on 5 hits. The Rams threw 2 relievers, Parker Robinson and Alex Davis. Robinson went 1/3 of an inning and allowed 0 runs and 0 hits. Davis threw 1 inning and allowed 0 runs on just 1 hit.
The Drovers offense was slowed down by Sugg, as they were only able to put 6 hits together. The offense for USAO, was led by Kenniel Rivera who went 2-3 with a single and a double. Greg Barnette went 2-4 with a single and a double. Stevie Thompson went 1-1 with a single. P.J. Garcia went 1-3 with a single. The Drovers sent Jose Hidalgo to the mound where he would give up 5 runs on 10 hits, during his 5 innings of work. He would also finished with 6 strikeouts. The Drover would use 2 relievers in this game, Corey Korenic and Roberto Aldana. Korenic went 1 inning and allowed 2 runs on 2 hits. Aldana pitched 1 inning, and allowed 2 runs on 1 hit.
W: Brad Sugg (4-0)
L: Jose Hidalgo (3-1)
Game 3: Drovers Back Into Their Winning Ways
The USAO Drovers beat the Texas Wesleyan Rams 7-3, to secure their 2nd straight conference series win.
The Drovers offense regained it momentum, as they would collect 14 hits. They would be led by Stevie Thompson, who went 3-3 with. 2 singles and a double. Coleton Horner went 3-5 with 2 singles and a double. Miguel Lorenzo went 2-4 with a single and a home run. P.J. Garcia went 2-5 with a single and a double. Daniel Lafarga went 2-3 with a single and a home run. Xavier Sundman went 1-2 with a single. Greg Barnette went 1-3 with a single. The Drovers sent Rudy Gonzalez to the mound, as he would throw 4 innings and allow 3 runs on 6 hits. The Drovers used 2 relievers through the game, Corey Korenic and Angel Reyes. Korenic went 2 inning and gave up 0 runs on 1 hit. Reyes went 3 innings, and gave up 0 runs on 0 hits.
The Texas Wesleyan hitters, were held to just 7 hits on the afternoon. They were led by Logan Bistrup, as he went 2-3 with 2 singles. Ted Wisdom went 1-5 with a single. Kiki Menendez went 1-4 with a home run. Donnie Lopez went 1-4 with a single. Kaden Brown went 1-3 with a single. Jake Salinas went 1-3 with a single. The Rams sent Corley Huffstickler to the mound, where he would throw just 1 inning and give up 3 runs on 5 hits. Texas Wesleyan was forced to use 4 relievers during this contest, Cody Thompson, Parker Robinson, Dusty Cloud, Steven Frederick. Thompson pitched 4 innings, and gave up 3 runs on 5 hits. Robinson pitched just 1/3 of an inning, and gave up 0 runs on 1 hit. Cloud pitched 1 1/3 of a inning and gave up 0 runs on 1 hit. Frederick went 1 1/3 of a inning and gave up 1 run on 2 hits.
W: Rudy Gonzalez (1-0)
L: Corley Huffstickler (1-2)
Sv: Angel Reyes (2)
Player of the Series:
Stevie Thompson- He would go 5-7 on the weekend, including 1 double during the final game.
USAO Head Coach Mike Ross said “It was a battle for 9 innings. Offensively we didn’t take advantage of some opportunities but we’re able to push enough across for the win. Rudy Gonzales did a great job on the mound. Korenic came in and got us out of a tough jam and Reyes was dominating in a 3 inning save.
Left Fielder Stevie Thompson said “It was a good series win but we can’t get complacent we have somethings to work on and this team is special because when Monday comes we all will be ready to get back to work and get better.”
Texas Wesleyan Head Coach Bobby Garza said “Sugg competed all night. He didn’t try to do too much. He just went pitch by pitch and kept us in the ball game. He did a really great job of moving the ball in and off the plate. He’s going to continue to be big for us. We have to continue to work and not give away free bases. Good teams will take advantage of other teams when extra bases are given away. USAO did that to us during game 1. They took advantage of their opportunities. Coach Ross and his staff did a great job of preparing their team for us.
Texas Wesleyan Pitcher Brad Suggs said “We came into the weekend knowing that this series was going to be a tough test for us. USAO is known for hitting the ball well and having good pitching. But we have a goal set as a team, and that’s to make it to the World Series. So being that USAO made it to the World Series last year, it made us want to work harder to get one step closer to our goal this year. At the end of the day, this weekend gave us a few things we can work on moving forward. But overall I am proud of the effort we gave as a team.”