Game one of Saturday’s doubleheader looked more like a home run derby than a baseball game as the Javelinas slayed the St Mary’s Rattlers 8-7.
The Hoggies drew first blood in the first off the bat of Hayden Vesely, who lifted a shot to left to put his team up 1-0.
The Rattlers answered right back in the second with a Donny Perez solo shot.
Zach Smith knocked one out of the park in the bottom half of the second and Wesley Aguilar followed up with an RBI double to bring in Hunter Lehmen and place the Javelinas back in the lead 3-1.
In the third Ruben Almaguer laced an RBI single to extend the Kingsville lead to three runs.
The Rattlers chipped away at that lead in the fourth with a sac fly by Beau Barnes, followed by an RBI single by Matt Smith that brought the score to 4-3
But once again the Javelinas were powered by the long ball as Dalton Perry slugged one to left in the fifth.
That was followed up with a two-spot in the sixth on a Brayton Carlson sac fly and yet another RBI by Perry, to give the Hogs a sizable lead going into the final inning.
However, the Rattlers had other plans. St Mary’s put two men on with one out, when Donny Perez sent yet another pitch over the left field fence to move his team within one run. Bryan Ramirez struck the tying blow with an RBI single to even it up at seven.
After Alex Gonzalez squandered their chances to win in the seventh when he was caught stealing, the Javelinas gave themselves another chance to walkoff in the eighth. Brayton Carlson reached first on a fielder’s choice and promptly stole second with two outs. The Rattlers then intentionally walked Dalton Perry to put the force at any base, bringing up Hayden Vesely. His hot bat came through, as he slapped a pitch to right to bring in Carlson for the win.
Sebi Palacios got the start for the Javelinas, going six innings while giving up 10 hits, three runs, all of them earned and striking out four.
However, Shane Veeder received the win after coming in relief in the ninth inning. He gave up no runs and no hits, retiring all three batters he faced.