SAN ANTONIO – As it turned out last weekend, the worst event possible for the Hays Rebels was to take the lead against Kerrville Tivy in the second round of the Class 4A high school baseball playoffs.
In other words, in retrospect, the Rebels didn’t have much of a chance. Their starting pitching couldn’t hold up into last weekend, resulting in a two-game departure from their best-of-three series.
Following their 7-2 loss to Tivy last Friday night, the Rebels returned to San Antonio’s Blossom athletic complex for a 7-5 loss to Tivy Saturday afternoon. The Rebels finished their season 19-14-1, co-champions in District 26-4A.
Ultimately, the Rebels were done in by a tattered pitching staff. As Clayton Rogers spent much of the season recovering from shoulder surgery, David Casas and Paul Breyfogle carried the load through the district season. But Casas and Breyfogle were over-extended in the end and Rogers was unable to shut down Tivy when he took the Game 2 start Saturday afternoon.
The top four hitters in Tivy’s order went seven for nine with four walks and six RBI against Rogers, much of that damage coming in the third inning, after Nick DeSantiago gave Hays a 3-0 lead with a three-run homer.
The first five hitters in the Tivy third reached against Rogers, with Michael Rice later hitting a two-run homer to give the Antlers a 5-3 lead.
The Rebels came back with a run in the fourth, then tied the game with a run in the fifth. At that point, they still had the bases loaded with one out in the fifth, but Tivy pitcher Scott McConal induced a force at home with a ground ball, then struck out Casas to end the inning.
Tivy scored single runs in the fifth and sixth for a 7-5 lead. Logan Vick, who broke open a 2-2 tie in the fourth inning Friday night with a grand slam, pitched a shutout seventh inning for Tivy to record the save.
Tivy now moves on to play Lake Travis in the third round of the playoffs.Email | Print