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Pearsall rallied from a six run deficit, outscoring Crystal City 11-3 down the stretch to win an 11-9 decision in a second place playoff contest Monday night in Jourdanton.
The Mavericks had split their previous two outings with Uvalde and Carrizo Springs to finish the regular season district slate in a tie for second with the Javelines at 3-3 apiece.
With their 11-9 victory, Pearsall earns the second place seed and will take on Devine in a best-of-three bi-district playoff series beginning Friday. The Friday doubleheader begins at 5 p.m. in Devine with the second game beginning 30 minutes after the conclusion of the first. A third game, if necessary, will be held Saturday morning at 11 a.m. in Pearsall.
“It was a tough hard fought game by both sides; I give a lot of credit to Crystal City,” PHS Head Coach Ray Talamantes said. “They battled all night. Fortunately our kids battled just as hard.”
After surrendering six runs in the second inning, senior Marcos Salazar started the Pearsall rally with a three-run homerun to cut the lead to 6-3.
“We just kept chipping away after that and found ways to get on base,” Talamantes said.
Carrasco, Ramirez and Telles also had key hits and senior Derey Ramirez kept a critical inning alive by beating out a throw at first base that also brought in the go-ahead run.
Talamantes topped off the sixth with a two-run double to make it 11-8.
After giving up a run in the top of the seventh, Carrasco settled down on the mound and closed the game out for Pearsall.
The Mavericks split their two district outings last week, falling 8-5 to eventual league champion Uvalde before blasting Carrizo Springs 20-0 Friday, April 30.
“We battled and put a couple of runners on in the sixth inning but couldn’t bring them home,” Talamantes said. “They were able to hold us off in the seventh inning and held on for the victory.”
Joseph Telles was two for four at the plate with a double and three RBI while Kollin Meeks was two for three with two RBI.
Playing on Saturday due to a weather delay, Pearsall was unfazed and rolled to a 20-0 win over the Wildcats.
“From the start, we were able to take control of the game offensively as we manufactured 17 hits and 20 runs,” Talamantes said. “Defensively, we played well behind some great pitching by senior John JM Perez.”
Perez and catcher Salazar secured a five-inning no-hitter while also striking out seven and walking one.
Sebastian Talamantes went three for four with a pair of singles, an inside the park homerun and four RBI.
Meeks, Jesse Carrasco, Salazar, Perez and Telles and Izayah Ramirez each collected two hits apiece.