Winners’ bracket unbeatens NC, Panola clash

Winners’ bracket unbeatens NC, Panola clash

BEAUMONT — Tournament-unbeaten Navarro advances to Tuesday’s 5 pm Winners Bracket game after a run-ruled, 13-3 second-round victory over the Angelina Roadrunners.

At 5 pm Tuesday, Navarro (36-16) will meet Panola, a 15-9 winner over Alvin in the Region XIV Tournament semifinals at Vincent-Beck Stadium.

The Bulldogs have won seven straight games, 10 of 11 and 14 of their last 16.

Jose Gonzalez went 3-for-3 and slugged his seventh home run of the season to lead Navarro’s 13-hit attack during its second consecutive run-rule win in the double-elimination tournament. Esteban Cardoza-Oquendo knocked in four runs to back the route-going performance by righthander Ryan Johnston.

Johnston threw 86 pitches in six innings and allowed seven hits and one walk while striking out three. He gave up three runs, only one of which was earned.

Navarro………..102 073 — 13-13-2
Angelina……….000 300 — 3- 5- 2
W: Ryan Johnston (4-3). L: Wesley Gafford
2B: Stacey Bailey, Esteban Cardoza-Oquendo, Kyle Landers, Cash Rugely
3B: Mason Holt
HR: Jose Gonzalez
TB: Stacey Bailey 3, Esteban Cardoza-Oquendo 2, Jose Gonzalez 6, Kyle Hawkins, Mason Holt 4, Kyle Landers 3, Cash Rugely 3
RBI: Stacey Bailey, Esteban Cardoza-Oquendo 4, Jose Gonzalez 3, Kyle Hawkins, Mason Holt, Kyle Landers, Cash Rugely
ROE: Esteban Cardoza-Oquendo, Dawson Woods
FC: Kyle Hawkins
HBP: Wesley Powell

T-1: Two-out rally produces a Navarro run. Bailey’s double to left scores Landers from third. Landers singled and moved to third on a two-base error by pitcher Wesley Gafford. (NC, 1-0)
T-3: Another two-out rally results in two runs. Rugely doubles to the base of the wall in right field, allowing Bailey to score from first after he had singled. Gonzalez hit a full-count pitch for a single to right that plated Rugely. (NC, 3-0)
B-4: Angelina uses an error and a bad-hop single to spawn a game-tying rally. Trent Brown’s bases-loaded single plates Thornhill and Gotlieb with AC’s first two runs. Leftfielder Drake Pierson’s two-out single to centerfield brought in the third run. (3-3). NC starter Ryan Johnston threw 27 pitches in the inning after expending 36 through the first three frames.
T-5: Bulldog bounce back with a seven-run inning, using five hits and four walks. Two-run double by Cardoza-Oquendo and run-scoring hits by Gonzalez, Holt and Landers extend the inning. (NC, 10-3)
T-6: NC adds 3. Gonzalez hits a 2-0 offering for a solo home run to right (7), Two more score when Cardoza-Oquendo reaches safely on an error by shortstop Trent Brown. (NC, 13-3)

CF Euro Diaz
3B Eric Worden
2B Rylan Meek
DH Sawyre Thornhill
C Sam Gotlieb
RF JoJo Munoz
SS Trent Brown
1B Taylor Meaux
LF Drake Pierson
(P Wesley Gafford)

2B Esteban Cardoza-Oquendo
CF Mason Holt
1B Kyle Landers
3B Stacey Bailey
SS Cash Rugely
DH Jose Gonzalez
C Dawson Woods
LF Kyle Hawkins
RF Wesley Powell
(P Ryan Johnston)