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Corpus Christi Calallen limited Pearsall to one hit and four errors to take an 11-0 area playoff victory Saturday evening at Steve Chapman Field, ending the Mavericks’ two-game playoff run.
Senior JM Perez went the distance for Pearsall on the mound while Mark Ovalle had the only hit for the Mavs as he broke up the no-hit bid by the Wildcats.
“We are extremely proud of our guys,” PHS Head Coach Ray Talamantes said. “Through this up-and-down season, we found a way to come together late and make a push. It was an amazing feeling as a coach to see the excitement the boys had in the final weeks of the season.
“It was topped off with a bi-district championship victory over the Devine Warhorses. To be honest, that is why we coach. Not for victories, but to see the joy and excitement of your players when they are successful and accomplish goals that were set.”
Pearsall knew it had a tall order ahead going into the area contest against the top ranked team in the Class 4A Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association rankings.
Calallen has posted 11 shutouts this season and have allowed only six runs in their last nine games. Four of those runs came in a 4-1 loss to San Antonio Reagan. Reagan is the 13th ranked team in the Class 6A rankings.
Following a scoreless first inning, the Wildcats opened things up at the bottom of the second inning with seven runs.
A walk followed by an errant throw to first moved a Calallen baserunner to third base. A single scored one run. Another passed ball scored another run for the Wildcats. Tarik Hickmon then belted a three-run homerun for Calallen to make it 5-0. A two-out single scored two more runs. AJ Yepez added a two-run homer in the fifth.
The Wildcats would add a run in the third and three more in the fourth as they built an 11-0 lead. Ovalle picked up Pearsall’s only hit at the top of the fifth on a two-out, two-strike pitch single to leftfield.
“We would like to thank the senior class of 2021 for all their hard work and wish them nothing but the best as they continue their lives beyond the diamond,” Coach Talamantes said.
The Mavericks ended the season with a 9-18-1 overall record, a 3-3 district record and second place finish in 30-4A and were bi-district champions with a 2-0 sweep of Devine.