Warrensburg, MO-A five run inning by the St. Mary’s Rattlers proved to be too much for the Texas A&M Kingsville
Javelinas to come back from as they dropped their opening round game of the NCAA Division II South Central Regional Tournament 8 to 4 on Thursday afternoon at Crane Stadium.
“We had no response to their [Rattlers] big inning , we [Javelinas] just couldn’t execute with runners on base and you can’t do that against a team as good as this,” said head coach Jason Gonzales
The Javelinas (31-17) got the game off to a great start by picking up three runs in the top of the first inning off the Rattlers .Jake Mendiola and Cameron Dullnig each drove in runs and the third run scored on a wild pitch.
The Rattlers were able to score a run in the second and fourth innings to slowly get back in the game while the Javelinas squandered opportunities in the second and fourth innings in an attempt to extend their lead.
The Javelinas would lose their lead for good in the sixth inning as the Rattlers were able to push across five runs on four hits. A lead-off walk and a pair of infield singles loaded the bases with no outs and forced Javelina coach Gonzales to go to the bullpen. Adam Aspaas struck out the first batter, but then walked the next to force in the tying run. Ivan Sigala and Josh McElroy followed with back-to-back two-run singles to make it a 7-3 game.
The Rattlers would go ahead and add another run in the seventh inning to extend their lead to 8-3.
The Javelinas put runners on first and third with one out in the eighth inning, but a double play ended the threat. In the ninth, the Javelinas had a chance to comeback as they loaded the bases with one out and were only able to score once, but could not get any closer.
Jaden Dillon took the loss after giving up six hits, five runs and two walks in five innings for the Javelinas.
The Javelinas managed seven hits in the contest. Trent Wagner had two base hits while James Wallace had the team’s only extra base hit with a double.
Coach Gonzales said “We have had had our back against before and we have always responded, no matter who we end up playing, we will just look to advance to play another game.”
The Javelinas will play the loser of the Central Missouri-St. Edward’s game at 11 a.m. on Friday.