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Medina Valley wins Mustang South Zone crown

July 30, 2018

After the Medina Valley Mustang all-stars scored six runs to erase a three-run Eagle Pass lead, the Eagle Pass manager took his entire team out of the dugout to let them know how unhappy he was with their play.

He told his players during the unscheduled team meeting by Sadler Field they were “100 times” better than Medina Valley.

If they are, they’ll have to prove it in another South Zone Tournament.

Medina Valley scored eight sixth-inning insurance runs, turning a one-run lead into a big advantage that the Panthers rode to a 19-14 victory and Pony Baseball’s South Zone Mustang championship at the Ruth Minchen Athletic Complex Sunday afternoon.

Medina Valley, located in Castroville, Texas, just west of San Antonio, will now represent the South Zone at the Mustang World Series that starts Aug. 3 in Youngsville, La.

Medina Valley eliminated the Pompano Beach (Fla.) all-stars in Sunday morning’s semifinal game by a 9-4 score.

Medina Valley’s Reese Hatcher set a Ruth Minchen Athletic Complex record when he collected RBIs in six consecutive at-bats, starting the streak in that semifinal game.

The kid tripled home a run in the first, doubled in a run in the second and grounded out 4-3 to drive in another run.

Then in his first at-bat against Eagle Pass, Hatcher doubled home the team’s first run, before driving in runs in the third and fourth with either a ground out or a fielder’s choice. He also singled in the team’s eight-run sixth but it didn’t add to his RBI count.

Eagle Pass lost one run and possibly two in the first inning when the team batted out of order. The team had just cut a 2-0 Medina Valley lead in half when it was realized they batted out of order. Moments later, Medina Valley threw out a runner trying to steal third base.

Medina Valley’s lead was 4-2 when Eagle Pass scored five runs in the third. But that’s when Medina Valley retaliated with six go-ahead runs.

Eagle Pass sent a whopping eight pitchers to the mound during the game and three were used in Medina Valley’s fourth inning. The third pitcher of the inning uncorked back-to-back wild pitches to hand Medina Valley a 10-7 lead.

In the sixth, Ryan Blair and Joe Haby each came up with two-RBI hits to make it 18-10. A wild pitch scored the 14th run and a first baseman’s error made it 19-10.

In the Bronco 12s South Zone championship game at Jim Hood Field, the Palm View all-stars crushed the Oso Barracudas 10-0.

Palm View now goes on to the Bronco 12s World Series in California that also starts next weekend.

Palm View could be a threat to reach the title game if their strong hitting continues. They simply overpowered Oso with the bats. It was 2-0 after the first inning and that was with a double play mixed in.

The first inning featured one triple and four singles. It went to 5-0 in the second inning

GAME NOTES: Hatcher was going to pitch in the fourth inning until he suddenly developed a nose bleed, which his grandfather says he gets from time to time. Haby started on the mound for Medina Valley, before Johnny Guzman finished the final three frames.

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