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Weather cancels Blinn game; Grayson next for NC

By MIKE MONTFORT    —

BRENHAM — Navarro baseball’s 3 pm single game Tuesday against Blinn has been cancelled by adverse weather conditions.  Rain, cold high winds and the possibility of severe storms prompted the Buccaneers to cancel the non-conference game.

KBTX Sports  twitter reported the cancelation Monday night.

The Bulldogs will carry their three-game winning streak to Sherman for a Saturday noon doubleheader against the Grayson County Vikings.

Coach Matt “Pudge” Podjenski’s Bulldogs are coming off a 3-1 weekend in consecutive doubleheaders against New Mexico JC and Weatherford at WC’s Roger Williams Ballpark.

The weekend ended with a sweet doubleheader sweep — an 11-5 first-game win over the Thunderbirds and a 9-3 win over the Coyotes under the lights.

One of, if not the greatest team highlight this weekend, was Saturday night’s win over an 8-3 Weatherford club that’s been picked among the favorites in a crowded Region V field.

SATURDAY Game 2
Navarro 9, Weatherford 3
In their first night game of the season, the Bulldogs got a combined three-hitter with 15 strikeouts from starter Connor Reich and reliever Brandon Ivey.
Reich threw 90 pitches in five innings and struck out nine.  He gave up all three hits, three walks and three runs — two of which were earned. Lefthander Ivey followed with four hitless innings and struck out six on 48 pitches.  Weatherford’s only baserunner after the fifth inning was Sam Mahofki’s 9th-inning leadoff walk.

Navarro used a 10-hit attack and scored all nine of its runs during the final six innings. The Bulldogs assumed a 4-3 lead for good in the sixth inning, tacked on a seventh-inning insurance run and exploded for four in the ninth.

In the ninth, Jack McDonnell drew a one-out walk and scored on Kenniel Rivera’s double.  Alex Samples’ groundout to second base moved Rivera to third.  Francisco DeJesus was hit by a pitch to put runners on the corners. A passed ball enabled Rivera to score; DeJesus took station at second and Luis Trevino drew a two-out walk.

Blake Adams singled to rightfield to load the bases for Matt Munoz, who drilled a two-out, two-run single to wrap up the four-run frame.

SATURDAY, Game 1
Navarro 11, NMJC 5
DeJesus hit a third-inning solo homer while Ben Martin, McDonnell and Rivera lashed RBI-doubles during a five-run fourth inning.

In addition to his first homer, DeJesus reached base twice and scored twice. His homer gave Navarro a 4-1 lead behind starter and winner Tate Gillespie, who worked 4.2 innings and give up three hits, six walks and five runs — only two of which were earned.

Trevino had a two-run single in Navarro’s three-run first inning and also stole a base.

FRIDAY, Game 2:
Navarro 5, NMJC 4 (10 innings)
Mark Geisel retired NMJC in order in the 10th for the win after Trevino’s one-out double off losing pitcher Alex Pinedo scored Alex Samples with the go-ahead run in the top of the 10th.  Samples led off the Navarro 10th with a walk.

NMJC jumped to a 3-0 lead after four innings, thanks to a first-inning solo homer by Travon Benton and a two-run, third-inning shot by Zac Sanders. The T-Birds rolled into the fifth inning behind the two-hit shutout pitchng of Blake Walden, who had thrown 56 pitches and struck out four.

In the sixth, consecutive one-out doubles by Munoz and Samples allowed the Bulldogs a breakthrough against Walden. Trevino added a two-out RBI single to left to trim the lead to one run.

Rivera drilled a one-out, two-run homer off Walden to hoist Navarro into a 4-3 lead.

NMJC scored the tying run in the bottom of the ninth when Jimmy Cubillos’ one-out single plated Eddy Vasquez, who led off with a double.

Navarro collected 11 hits in the game and defeated the T-Birds by a 5-4 count for the second time this season.  At the San Jacinto Tournament of Champions, the teams had a similar outcome.