Quiet-hitting Deer Park Bronco all-stars ousted at South Zone
A nearly non-existent offense proved to be Deer Park’s downfall in the Bronco 12s South Zone Tournament at the Ruth Minchen Athletic Complex Saturday afternoon.
One day after the team were the victims of a four inning no-hitter in pool play, the Hays all-stars from Buda, Texas limited Deer Park to two hits en route to a 11-1 romp at Sadler Field.
Deer Park’s offense came up with the grand total of three hits at the South Zone Tournament. They made the most of one hit on Thursday to go with walks and wild pitches to win their opening pool game 4-0.
But Friday and Saturday, the offense was every bit as quiet. The Palm View all-stars, a Rio Grande Valley squad, evened Deer Park’s record with an easy 11-1 win before Saturday’s 11-1 defeat.
Nathaniel Straight was the starting and winning pitcher Saturday. He held Deer Park hitless for the opening three innings, before Ryan Tatom worked the fourth and surrendered singles to Dylan Wilson and Jordan Bright that scored Deer Park’s one run.
Wilson was the starting and losing pitcher. The righthander gave up four first-inning runs and all four runs were unearned. A poor pickoff throw to second base by Wilson was followed by two errors from the left side of Deer Park’s infield gloves.
In the second inning, the deficit grew to 7-0. Although Wilson exited the mound after three batters, he was charged with the fifth and sixth runs. Brady Petty was charged with the seventh run.
Jayden Montez had the big hit, a two-RBI single to center, creating the 7-0 score.
Ethan Arredondo was Deer Park’s third pitcher of the afternoon, surrendering the final four runs. Montez brought on the mercy rule with a single to right field, giving the youngster three RBIs for the game.