Crosby’s claims the Area baseball title with a 7-5 extra innings win over George Ranch

The Crosby Cougars scored five times in the tenth inning and then hung on for a 7-5 win over George Ranch. The extra inning win gave Crosby a two game sweep of the Longhorns in the Area round of the 2015 Texas High School baseball playoffs.

After Friday night’s 7-2 win, the Cougars wasted little time getting on the board and putting pressure on George Ranch who needed a win to stay alive. Mario Sequera singled with one out in the first and two pitches later, Austin Hearn ripped a run scoring double into the right centerfield gap. Hearn went 3 for 4 in Saturday’s finale with a walk and a sacrifice fly. At one point the senior shortstop reached on 10 consecutive plate appearances dating back to the bi-district round.
The Cougars added to the lead with another tally in the third. Sequera reached once more with one out and two batters later, clean-up hitter Sean Bergeron chased him for a 2-0 lead.

It stayed that way until the fifth when George Ranch finally broke through against Crosby starter Austin Hearn. The senior hurler pitched his way out of second and third and no outs trouble in the fourth thanks to a Crosby twin killing but ot in the fifth. The Longhorns aided by a Crosby error had two on and two out when lead-off hitter Alex Shaver ripped a game tying triple.

“This a good program we beat,” said Crosby head coach Chris Wiggins following the win. “We gave them an opportunity and they made a game of it.”

Hearn pitched five innings allowing two unearned runs, four hits, a hit batter, no walks and three strikeouts.

Both teams had opportunities to win before the extra innings came along. In the visitor’s half of the seventh, Crosby had runners at first and second with two outs but Jon Kastens, the Longhorns starter pitched his way of it. Kastens threw seven innings of five hit, two run ball. George Ranch had a runner in the home half of the seventh but could not get him around.

Kody Tieman threw a scoreless eighth for George Ranch snapping Crosby’s streak of 17 straight innings with at least one baserunner.

In the tenth, Crosby sent 11 batters to the plate, exploding for seven runs. Three straight hits from Hearn, Bergeron and Nathan Gabryszwski plated the go ahead run and chasing Ryan Harris from the game. Reliever Carson McManus lasted three hitters as well. Justin Ceigelski greeted him with a single plating Bergeron and Gabryczwski. Jackson Godoy drove home what proved to be the game winner drilling a 3-1 pitch for a run scoring double. A walk to Alec Lewis and McManus was gone. Cristian Elizondo became the fifth pitcher of the day for George Ranch. A balk and a sacrifice fly from Hearn settled the scoring for Crosby.

Left-hander Richard Martinez took the hill in the sixth and silenced the Longhorns attack scattering two hits over four plus innings of work before running into trouble in the bottom of the tenth. The senior loaded the bases with two walks and a hitbatsman before giving way to way to Davis Jenks. The right-hander closed down the Longhorns to preserve the win for Martinez but not before George Ranch plated three for the final 7-5 count.

“We got a little nervous,” continued Wiggins. “But we got the outs when we needed them and we get to play Ridge Point in the next round.”

Crosby takes its nine game winning streak into next week’s regional competition at a site yet to be announced.

Written by: Lou Roesch

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