The Javelina baseball team finished off their regular season series against Angelo State Saturday afternoon with dominating 12-0 win.
The Hoggies took full advantage of the Rams first time starter Jhonathan Del Rosario, immediately tagging him with a run in the first inning off a Hayden Vesely RBI double that brought in Brayton Carlson. It didn’t get any better for Del Rosario in the second inning when he gave a leadoff walk to Christian Caudle, surrendered a double to Pablo Hernandez, and hit Jimmy Roche with a pitch to load the bases.
That was it for Del Rosario as he was replaced by Joe Houser, who immediately gave up single to Wesley Aguilar for an RBI and then a few batters later, a two-run double to Dalton Perry. By the end of the inning the Javelinas had extended their lead to 5-0, The final line for Del Rosario was one inning pitched, four earned runs, two HBPs, and a walk
The Javelinas weren’t done with Houser, however. They scored three runs in the third, all on two outs, courtesy doubles by Roche and Perry. That brought the Hoggie lead to a certified rout, 8-0.
In the fifth, A&M Kingsville once again loaded the bases for Wesley Aguilar. He flared it up to shallow right field, 15 feet into the grass where three players converged. The ball dropped, allowing Christian Caudle to come home, however curiously the umpires ruled it Aguilar out on the infield fly rule resulting in a rare infield fly sac fly.
The inning didn’t end there. After Brayton Carlson was hit by a pitch for the third time in the game to load the bases, Vesely blasted a bases-clearing gapper double for his fourth, fifth, and sixth RBIs to push the Javelina lead over ten runs, 12-0.
“Our guys were aggressive and they were aggressive on good pitches.” Coach Jason Gonzales said, “Last night I don’t think we swung at a lot of good pitches. These guys made an adjustment we were able to cash in on these runners”.
Hayden Vesely showed dominance from both at the plate and on the pitcher’s mound. After surrendering a single and a hit by pitch in the first, he retired 15 straight Rams batters before walking Elias Aguirre in the sixth inning. He pitched in all seven innings, gave up two hits, no runs, a walk, while striking out seven. His final batting line was perhaps even more impressive, 3-4 on two doubles and six RBIs.
“He’s put in the work and he’s prepared” Coach Gonzales said of his pitcher,”the game is always going to pay somebody back who doesn’t cheat the game”.
The Hoggies close out their regular season series against the Rams 4-3. They are now 26-13 on the season and have taken sole possesion of first place in the Lone Star Conference with 17-9 conference record.
The Javelinas will head up to Austin to take on a St Edwards Hilltoppers team who mauled them earlier this month 14-1. After that they will wrap up their home conference season with the struggling Eastern New Mexico Greyhounds on Friday at 6 p.m. and Saturday at 1 p.m. at Nolan Ryan Field.