Adversity builds character…Pirates getting ready

The Lytle Pirates are gearing up for district and are taking every advantage to improve each aspect of their game. Facing Pleasanton on Tuesday and competing in the Blanco/Johnson City tournament over the weekend, the Pirates competed hard against tough teams.
The Eagles took the win at 10-0 over the Pirates. “The weather was cool and so were our bats and gloves. We gave up 9 errors and managed only 3 hits. Needless to say, our baseball team is struggling. It’s in times like these when we learn who we can truly count on, who can deal with adversity well, and who cannot. These young men have not stopped playing hard. Do not count them out. In the toughest of times, the Dark Horse will rise,” said Coach Bryan Bippert.
Mason Davila pitched 3.1 innings with 80 pitches thrown. He threw 46 strikes but allowed 3 hits. Colin Wood threw 40 pitches with 12 strikes and one hit allowed. Roland Cordova hit 2 singles and Kasen Boyd had 1 single. Justin DeLeon was behind the plate for all four innings.
The JV Pirates lost to the Eagles 4-8.
Taking on Malakoff first in the tournament, Lytle was able to get hits and runners on base late in the game but fell 4-7. The Tigers took the lead early with 3 runs in the first and 4 in the second. Bottom of the 3rd, the Pirates worked hard and earned 4 runs.
Each earning a single for Lytle was Wood, Zakry Placido, Malakai Castro, Cordova, Boyd, and DeLeon. Wood pitched this game with 41 strikes in 72 pitches with DeLeon behind the plate. The team only had 1 error in the game.
Late on Thursday, the Pirates took on Marion and fell 1-12. In the first inning, Cordova singled to get on base and advanced to 3rd after Wood doubled. After a walk from DeLeon, Boyd hit a sacrificed fly to allow Cordova to score. Marion answered with a single run in the bottom of the first and 11 runs in the bottom of the second.
DeLeon was on the mound for most of the game and threw 82 pitches with 32 strikes. Nicholas Pacheco threw 29 pitches with 10 strikes.
Scores and stats were not available for their final game against TMI-Episcopal.
Last night the Pirates opened district against Natalia! This Friday, Lytle will play in Dilley and next week the Pirates will be at home for Dilley on Tuesday and Karnes City on Friday. The JV will host Poteet on Saturday starting at 10 am.
By Dicy Chambers
Sports Writer