County baseball teams across the area began playing their non-district games this past week. Every team was able to get in at least three games, but the Wharton Tigers, as part of their trip to the Hitchcock Tournament, were able to play five times last week.
Every team had at least one loss, but the Tigers did pick up four wins, beating East Bernard, Hitchcock twice, and Palacios with their only loss coming against Danbury.
Hitter of the Week
Multiple batters from a few different teams had outstanding weeks at the plate, but Tigers sophomore Ryan Mendiola stood out the highest.
Mendiola had at least one hit in all five of the Tigers’ games hitting .571 to go with seven stolen bases. The Tiger sophomore had seven RBIs and had an on-base percentage of .667.
He’s such a smart baseball player and that’s what attributed to his base running and RBIs and runs scored,” Tigers coach Wade Mathis said. “Ryan was unselfish and gave himself up a few times to get in an extra run. He’s going to be a good ballplayer for sure. We had a great weekend just dropping the game to Danbury because of just one too many mistakes but bounced back beating Hitchcock 15-5.”
Boling senior Jacob Kalina in four games hit .500, stole two bases and had an on-base percentage of .714 helping the Bulldogs go 3-1 last week.
El Campo’s Jackson David in four games hit .500, stole a base, and pitched six innings grabbing a win over Giddings.
Pitcher of the Week
On the mound, the El Campo Ricebirds had a couple of good outings, with three pitchers tossing complete games, but one stood out. Ricebird senior Seth Hallinger came one unearned run shy of a complete game shut out over the Calhoun Sandcrabs.
Hallinger scattered three hits and three walks across seven innings while striking out nine batters on 86 pitchers.
He has shown over these past few years that he has great stuff. He has gotten stronger over this offseason and has really gained command over all his pitches,” El Campo coach Trent Popp said. “His fastball control was great for his first outing of the year, and he was able to throw some great curve balls in hitters counts to keep the Sandcrabs off balance. He also worked very efficiently.”
Boling junior Lance Kocian pitched in two games, throwing four innings while striking out 12 batters and allowing four walks.
El Campo sophomore Brock Rod against Needville threw a complete game allowing four hits and two earned runs while striking out seven.
SOFTBALL: East Bernard gets victories
Teams across the area hit the tournament scene hard with district play right around the corner for most of the schools. East Bernard and Boling begin district next week.
The East Bernard Brahmarettes got in the most work last week playing seven games and going 6-1 with wins against 2A powerhouse Thorndale and shutting out Columbus and La Grange.
Pitcher of the Week
One arm across the county stood out with sophomore Lexi Warncke dominating all five teams she faced. Warncke went 4-1, her lone loss was to 4A Needville.
Warncke threw 20 innings over five games and struck out 50 batters, allowing 10 walks and seven hits. She threw quick three-inning no-hitters against Bellville and Cedar Creek.
Batter of the Week
Bats were a little muted throughout the area with a lot of hitters turning in good performances. No one put a lot of separation from other batters. However, one batter did contribute to her team in every game and played in six games.
El Campo’s Kate Bubela had at least one RBI in six games last week. Bubela hit .316 and had three home runs while driving in nine.
“Kate did an exceptional job on being patient, selective, and disciplined at the plate when we had runners in scoring position,” Ladybirds coach Roxanne Cavazos said.
East Bernard’s Megan Gasch hit .375 in seven games and scored seven runs.
El Campo senior Madisyn Matlock hit .368 in six games and drove in six runs.
Wharton senior Asijah Hammons had three home runs in four games. Hammons signed Monday to attend and play at Galveston College after she graduates.
The Journal-Spectator will have a signing story in the weekend edition.