By: JOHN CANNON
(EDCOUCH) – Edcouch-Elsa head baseball coach Ryan Garza is planning on using the Tony Rico Tournament wisely when it comes to determining quite a few factors for his time right before district play begins.
“I am looking for the guys to show what they got,” Garza said. “Some of the things I am focusing on is finding a set line-up and finding some key positions on defense as well.”
“These tournaments are a perfect chance to evaluate your team and see who is going to step up to fill some roles. I have three games to do just that and plan on using them wisely.”
The Jackets opened tournament play on Thursday afternoon and welcomed in Edinburg Economedes to their home field.
E-E drew first blood as Elian Lopez scored on a passed ball in the bottom of the first to take a 1-0 lead.
Economedes responded in the top of the second by scoring three runs to take a 3-1 lead.
Jarren Garcia answered back for the Jackets in the bottom half of the inning thanks to his two-run single which tied the contest a three apiece.
Isaias Espinoza helped E-E retake the lead 4-3 in the same inning by crossing home plate on a wild pitch.
After the Jags grabbed the lead once again in the third by a score of 5-4, the Jackets tied the contest for the second time as Ben Rangel came home on a bases loaded hit by pitch.
Derek Valdez sealed the deal in the bottom of the fourth thanks to his RBI-single and gave E-E their lead 6-5 which they held on to for the remainder of the contest.
“I thought we hit the ball pretty well today,” said Garza. “We made some solid contact and were able to bring some runs in.”
“But we made some mistakes on the defensive side of the ball and in our base running. Also we need to work more in the pitching department. Lucky for us, we have a few more games to do that.”