The number 10 nationally ranked Cameron Aggies came down to Kingsville undefeated. Or at least they were undefeated before the Javelinas dismantled them 9-0.
Sebi Palacios spun his best game of the year, perhaps even of his career, shutting down the Aggies through eight innings, giving up only five hits and two runs while striking out a whopping 13 batters.
“He’s getting healthier”, Coach Jason Gonzales said of his ace, “He had his slider working and he did what we wanted him to do.”
The Javelinas didn’t get on the board until the third inning when Hayden Vesely ripped his fifth triple of the year, scoring Dalton Perry. The freshman Ruben Almaguer laced a double that brought Vesely in, putting the Hoggies up 3-0
Then in the fifth, Perry demolished a pitch to left center, perhaps the hardest hit all season, to the Javelina lead 3-0. He’d finish the day a triple short of the cycle, 3-4 with three runs scored and two RBIs.
The Javelinas didn’t let up the sixth, either. They scored all six of their runs that inning on two outs, including a laser shot single by Dalton Perry that almost nailed the pitcher and a two-run double by Ruben Almaguer. However, they fell short of forcing the 10-run mercy rule.
Gonzales glowed with praise over his designated hitter Dalton Perry, “What we call what he’s doing right now is locked in. It’s good to see somebody that works as hard as he does and is such a good person get that kind of success.”
The Hoggies extend their winning streak to eight, the longest of the Coach Gonzales era and their best streak since 2007. They also record their first Lone Star Conference win of the season
The Aggies end their 11-game winning streak to begin the season and fall to 0-1 in LSC play.
They’re back at again Saturday with a doubleheader at Nolan Ryan field in Kingsville at 1 p.m. You can catch the live broadcast of the game at tamuk.tv.