The JV Warhorses fell behind early against the La Vernia Bears last Thursday, March 16, and couldn’t dig themselves out of the hole, losing 9-4.
La Vernia put pressure on Devine immediately, leading off the game with a walk and two consecutive singles. A sacrifice fly gave the JV Bears an early 2-0 lead.
Devine leadoff batter Joey Seguin started the bottom of the 1st inning with a single, taking second on an error by La Vernia’s right fielder. Seguin moved to third on Chad Lawson’s sacrifice bunt, and scored on Luke Ricord’s groundout to shortstop to cut La Vernia’s lead in half.
The JV Bears responded by putting up a four-spot in the top of the 2nd inning. A walk and two singles loaded the bases with no outs, and a run-scoring groundout, single, and double pushed La Vernia’s lead to 6-1.
Devine added a run in the bottom of the inning. Truett Barron singled on a line drive to right and took second on a passed ball before Tristin Kramer drew a walk. Tristin Cruz doubled to left field to drive in Barron and cut the JV Bears’ lead to 6-2.
The JV Warhorses’ final runs of the game came in the bottom of the 5th inning, trailing 7-2. Seguin hit a one-out single to center, and Lawson and Ricord drew back-to-back walks to load the bases. Brady Cardenas drove in Seguin with a groundout to second, and Gehrig Runyan followed with a single to knock in Lawson.
La Vernia tacked on two more runs in the 6th inning to salt away the 9-4 win. Ricord took the loss for Devine.
The JV Bears had nine hits to Devine’s six. Both teams committed one error.
Batting: Seguin 2-4; Lawson 0-1, 1 BB; Ricord 0-1, 1 BB, 1 RBI; Cardenas 0-2, 1 BB, 1 RBI; Runyan 1-3, 1 RBI; Joseph Guajardo 0-3; Barron 1-3; Kramer 0-2, 1 BB; Cruz 2-3, 1 RBI.
Pitching: Ricord 1.1 IP, 5 ER, 6 hits, 3 walks; Seguin 1.2 IP, 1 ER, 1 walk, 1 strikeout; Barron 3.0 IP, 1 ER, 3 hits, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts.
The JV Warhorses will have battled the JV Wildcats in Carrizo Springs on Tuesday, March 21. They host Crystal City on Friday, March 24 at 4:30 pm, before traveling to Pearsall on Friday, March 31.
By Marly Davis