By: JOHN CANNON
(EDCOUCH) – Even though Edcouch-Elsa’s ace pitcher Joseph Gonzalez sealed the deal on Tuesday, the night on the mound belonged to their starter Ben Rangel.
Rangel was clutch for the Jackets on the mound as he went 6 2/3 innings and gave up only two runs on six hits while amassing 113 pitches as he played a key role in E-E’s 5-3 win over Donna High.
“Ben has been a stud for us all season long and we have all the confidence in the world in him when he is on the mound,” said Edcouch-Elsa head baseball coach Ryan Garza. “He threw a great game and was a warrior on the mound tonight.”
Rangel and Donna High’s pitcher Tony Hernandez were in an old-fashioned pitchers’ dual through three complete innings of play as they held their opponents scoreless.
Finally in the fourth, the Redskins scored the initial run as Hernandez came in on an error by Edcouch-Elsa.
The Jackets countered in a big way in the bottom half of the inning as they put up a four spot to take their first lead of the game 4-1. Three of those runs came in on errors by Donna High and the fourth run was scored on an RBI-single by Alex Noyola.
E-E added a run to their cause in the top of the fifth thanks to a sacrifice-RBI by Derik Valdez.
Then Donna High made things interesting as they scored a run in the sixth and the seventh to cut the deficit to 5-3.
The Redskins had the bases loaded with two outs and were looking to capitalize on their rally.
But Gonzalez came in and caused Redskins third baseman Hector Guerrero to fly out to shortstop to seal the deal.
“Give credit to Donna High. They played a heck of a game tonight,” Garza said. “But I was happy to see our kids battle through adversity and get the job done.”
“This was a good win against a great program and I expect all of our district games to be tight like this one.”