The Rattlers bit the snake against the Chaparrals on Tuesday night.
San Marcos lost 5-1 to Austin Westlake to close the scoring for the start against the Chaps. A combination of missed opportunities in the battery box and mistakes on the court with the runners at the base led to the defeat.
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“They are sad and disappointed that they lost, but they competed, they competed hard,” said coach Bryan Webb. “The breaks did not go as they should, the balls did not fall where we wanted and that is baseball. Until we make them start doing the little things right, they will fall against us. We are walking in the right direction. (of Westlake) a good team, they are 12 and two, they are a team of the top 15 and they took advantage of our weaknesses tonight. “
Westlake came in early, took the lead in the second inning and never gave up. Chaps’ Cole May opened the scoring with a three-pointer leadoff and Nathan Duvall led him to an RBI single on the left field.
The Rattlers forced a grounder, but made a mistake in a double play attempt, and then hit the next Westlake hit with a court to load the bases. San Marcos (8-9-1, 0-2 District 26-6A) was able to keep the damage to a minimum, allowing only one of the three runners in the base to score and stopped Chap’s lead at two.
Westlake (12-2, 2-0) would once again take the attack in the fourth inning, loading the bases and making a run on the board after sacrifices. The Rattlers would have responded at the bottom of the inning and loaded the bases, but scored just one in a row due to multiple hits to maintain Chap’s 3-1 lead.
Westlake would return to the leaderboard in the fifth and sixth innings, leading to two more runs from an RBI single and triple to push Chap to a 5-1 lead.
“(Westlake) showed (the players) what we have to work on and there is no more youth. They were all here. Everyone has been through it. “They went to the Dallas tournament,” Webb said. “They played with the teams and we just have to take advantage of the opportunities when we take them. And we did not do it tonight. I mean, we tried, we put some balls in the square, they played some games and they pushed some games in there and that is baseball. “They made a project when it should have been, and we did not do it.”
The purple and whites gave their best offensive effort at the bottom of the fifth. The Rattlers loaded the bases and believed they had led to the second round of the game, but Reagan Chomel was called into a controversial call on the home plate to end the inning. San Marcos would have many baserunners and the opportunity to steal the momentum from Westlake depending on the call.
However, the Chaps would drive the momentum out, and close the seventh inning, knocking out the Rattlers and completing their winning streak.
The Rattlers will face Smithson Valley (8-2, 1-0 District 27-6A) at home this Friday at 12 p.m. before facing cross-county opponent Buda Hays (6-4, 0-2 District 26-6A) in their second. Regional series next Tuesday and Friday at 7 p.m.
“They have some kids there (Hays) who can play, we know that,” Webb said. “Regardless of the records, regardless of who is up or who is down, you know, both teams will play their best game and it is a fun series. It is a series of rivalries. And you know, it’s a big series and we look forward to going there on Tuesday night and coming (here) next Friday. For 16 years, it was an explosion, so we look forward to doing it. “
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