Baseball goes to San Jac after zone-opening sweep

After their conference-season-opening, three-game sweep of Angelina, coach Matt Podjenski’s Navarro Bulldogs are scheduled Monday to travel to Pasadena and play a 3 pm nine-inning, non-conference game against San Jacinto.

The Bulldogs (8-9-1 / 3-0) launched their 2017 East Zone season with a series sweep of the Roadrunners.  Navarro secured a shaky 5-4, 12-inning win over Angelina Thursday at Lufkin, and then claimed a run-ruled doubleheader here at Graham Field on Saturday.

NC won Saturday’s opener 13-0 in five innings behind lefthander Ivan Ulloa’s no-hitter.  The ‘Dogs followed it up with an 11-3 nightcap win in seven innings by closing the game out with a six-run seventh inning.

Thursday, March 2 at Lufkin: Game 1 — Navarro 5, Angelina 4

Josh Ragan’s one-out sacrifice in the 12th inning enabled pinch runner Derek Mueller to score from third base and give the Bulldogs a wild come-from-behind victory.

Lefthander Brandon Ivey pitched the final three innings of scoreless, two-hit relief, striking out five and gaining credit for the victory.  Ivey, Asher Cook and Paul Dickens combined for seven shutout innings of four-hit relief and struck out nine as Navarro rallied from a 4-1 deficit after six innings.

The teams combined to strand 26 runners in the game (13 apiece), and a combined 11 pitchers who appeared in the 12-inning contest struck out 26 and walked 13 batters.  Angelina used seven pitchers Thursday a factor that disadvantaged the Roadrunners for the weekend doubleheader in Corsicana.

In the 12th, Mueller was pinch-running for Francisco Dejesus, who singled to start the inning.  AC went to its seventh pitcher — Jesse Cravy.  Orlando’s 3-4 sacrifice moved to Dejesus to second base.  Dejesus took third on a wild pitch, and after a Braden Williams walk, Mueller entered the game and scored the manufactured run.

Game 2 Saturday at Corsicana:  Navarro 13, Angelina 0 (5 innings)

Lefthander Ivan Ulloa threw the run-ruled no-hitter, and the Bulldogs scored all their runs in the first three innings.

AC catcher Tucker Redden drew a two-out walk in the first and later reached on Noah Menchaca’s throwing error to account for the Roadrunners’ only baserunners in the game.

Ulloa struck out six hitters.

NC pounded 11 hits, scoring three in the first inning and five in both the second and third innings.

Game 3 Saturday at Corsicana:  Navarro 11, Angelina 3  (7 innings)

Tate Gillespie went five innings to secure the pitching victory, and the Bulldogs closed it out early with a six-run seventh inning.

The game ended on Caleb Scires’ three-run homer.

The Bulldogs stroked 5 doubles among their 12 hits in the nightcap off three AC hurlers.

Tim Bechtold went 3-for-4 with a double and knocked in three runs to pace NC’s attack. ragan went 2-for-2 with a double, two runs scored, a walk and two runs-batted-in.  Scott Hastings and Beau Orlando each had a pair of run-scoring hits.