HASLET - The Windthorst Trojans finished off the Bosqueville Bulldogs in the Class 2A-Region II Semifinal series with a 9-5 Game 3 victory at the Evans High School field, the site of all three games. Game 1 was 6-4 win on Wednesday May 22. Game 2 was a Bulldog win 5-0 last Thursday and the deciding Game 3 was last Saturday afternoon. As the series unfolded Windthorst’s depth at pitcher was a big factor in the series win. Hunter Wolf, Colton Bates, Cy Belcher, Tyler Etheredge, Fabian Vázquez, and Gavin Steinberger all pitched quality innings.
Offensively Sam McQuerry provided the key hits in Game 1 with 3 RBIs. In the deciding Game 3 Bates came up with a 3 RBI double in the bottom of the third inning to give the Trojans a comfortable 8-3 lead. Head Coach Scott Belcher said of the Bates double, “Right then it was as big of an at bat at as big a time as you could ask for.”
As Region II Semifinal Champions the Trojans have earned a spot in the Regional II Finals against the Valley Mills Eagles. A double header was scheduled for the best 2 of 3 series last Wednesday at Kennedale High School, but results were not available at press time. If a game three is necessary it will be played this afternoon (Thursday, May 30) at 5pm.
Game 3 Summary
Gavin Steinberger got the call for the deciding Game 3 in the series. He got roughed up a little in the top of the first inning as Bosqueville put up three runs before the Trojans got a chance to bat. Coach Scott Belcher in a post-game interview said of Steinberger about the early runs, “I think that’s probably what he needed to get the cobwebs out.” His assessment was correct as Steinberger shut out the Bulldogs for the next four innings before handing things over to Tyler Etheredge to get the last 5 outs.
It did not take long for the Trojans to answer Bosqueville’s 3 run lead. In the bottom of the first inning Nathan Bales, a very productive lead-off hitter, singled. Colton Bates walked, and Sam McQuerry, the team leader in being hit by pitches, was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Cy Belcher delivered a two run single to right field. Tryston Harding kept things going with a single to load the bases followed by a walk issued to Kyle Wolf to score McQuerry. The three run bottom of the first answered the Bulldogs 3 runs, but also forced a pitching change before the Bulldogs ever got an out.
The Trojans continued to put pressure on Bulldog pitchers as Bales at the top of the order led off the bottom of the second with a walk. Bates singled by beating out a bunt and McQuerry drove in Bales. Tryston Harding’s sacrifice fly scored Bates to put Windthorst up 5-3. By the bottom of the third inning Bosqueville had gone through five different pitchers. Jase Ayala, the fourth pitcher, was knocked off the mound by the Bates double to give the Trojans an 8-3 lead.
Fabian Vazquez got a pinch hit single in the bottom of the fourth to move Harding, on board with a walk, to third. A ground ball hit by Awtry Blagg scored Harding for the ninth run. Steinberger pitched until the top of the sixth when Etheredge came in with one out. Etheredge got a couple of ground ball outs. The Bulldogs scored 2 runs in the top of the sixth to cut the lead to 9-5. Etheredge had to deal with a bases loaded situation after striking out the first batter in the top of the seventh. He got another ground ball and his teammates turned it into a double play to end the game.
Game 2 Summary
The Bosqueville dugout seemed in disarray after the Game 1 loss. It seemed the Trojans had broken the Bulldogs spirit, but they bounced back behind the three hit pitching of Jacob Davilla. Davilla shut out the Trojans for 6 innings then turned things over to Jase Ayala to close out the seventh. Cy Belcher, who pitched brilliantly in the Quarterfinal series against Muenster, gave up five hits and five runs in the first three innings. Left hander Tyler Etheredge came in to shut out the Bulldogs for the next 3 innings. Fabian Vasquez pitched the final inning with two strikeouts. Even though the Trojan relievers were able to silence the Bulldog bats, Windthorst was unable to mount any offense to overcome the early lead.
The Game 2 final was Bosqueville 5, Windthorst 0. Coach Scott Belcher said the loss was on him, “I think we looked ahead as a team a little bit and that’s my fault. I didn’t keep my foot on the pedal like I should have with our kids.”
Game 1 Summary
Nathan Bales, Trojan lead-off hitter, turned a Bosqueville error into the first run of the series. He stole second and moved up to third on a Colton Bates single. The Evans High School field in Haslet has a lot of distance between home plate and the backstop so Bales easily scored from third on a wild pitch to put Windthorst up by a run with a runner on. Cy Belcher’s single to plate Bates made it 2-0 in the top of the first. Bulldog Jase Ayala drove in two runs with a triple in the bottom of the second inning. It stayed that way until the top of the fourth.
Trojan catcher, Sam McQuerry, singled in the top of the fourth to give Windthorst a 4-2 lead. Gavin Steinberger who was on base with a single and Bales who drew a walk both scored on McQuerry’s hit. Bosqueville’s Ayala evened the score again with a double scoring two runs. At the end of four innings the score was tied 4-4.
Hunter Wolf was on the mound for the first three innings. He left the game with a 4-2 lead after giving up 2 hits and 2 runs. Having thrown only 36 pitches Coach Scott Belcher was probably reserving some pitches for later in the series. Colton Bates took over in the bottom of the fourth. He pitched very well for the remainder of the contest to get the save. With some good defense behind him he was able to shut out the Bulldogs in the last innings after giving up two in the bottom of the fourth.
The distant backstop played yet another role in the Trojan go ahead run. Awtry Blagg drew a one out walk in the top of the fifth. After stealing second base he advanced to third on a balk call. Coach Belcher had been pointing out the motion of Bulldog pitcher Will McClellan to the umpires. At this critical time the balk was called. A passed ball allowed Blagg with a big lead at third to score the go ahead run. After five complete innings Windthorst led 5-4.
In the top of the sixth McQuerry and Bales teamed up for an insurance run. Bales hustling down the first base line on a slow grounder was able to get on when the ball bounced out of the fielder’s glove. McQuerry made the Bulldogs pay for the error with a triple. Bates crossed the plate for the third time in the contest and McQuerry got his third RBI. The 6-4 cushion held up as Bates retired the side.