San Marcos was able to knock down No. 12 Smithson Valley on Friday. However, the Rattlers arrived shortly before, losing to the Rangers 3-2 at home.
“We had the opportunity,” said coach Bryan Webb. “We had a one-game deficit in the last inning and we had a runner in scoring position. “You know, it’s just a mental issue right now and we have to find a way to get rid of the mental block and finish a ball game.”
The purple and white defense kept the visitors in control for most of the match – Smithson Valley recorded just one streak in the first five innings. But San Marcos found it difficult to answer. The hosts loaded the bases at the bottom of the second could not bring any of the runners home. They took two more runners to the base at the bottom of the fifth, but the Rangers played a double game, withdrawing the team and keeping the Rattlers without a score.
Smithson Valley added two more rows to the top of the sixth to extend its lead to 3-0. But San Marcos finally responded at the end of the inning. After the team hit its first at-bat, junior centerfield youngster Ryan Hicks stepped into the middle of the first pitch he saw and the young player with a sting, Rip Soto, was followed by another base hit. Junior Gavin Gomez, who took the hill start for the Purples and Whites and later moved to the third base, sent another single to the right field to load the bases with one out.
The Sunray Estrada, which tied for a base of two RBIs, made two appearances later, sending Hix and Soto home, putting the tie game in second place and the go ahead in first. But the Rattlers could not hold back the attack as the Rangers escaped the inning still ahead, 3-2.
San Marcos kept the Smithson Valley from scoring at the top of the seventh, however it only took one streak to continue the game. A throwing error by the visitors allowed Johnny Pardo to reach first and round to second, putting the tie back in scoring position. But the Rangers achieved the last victory of the day, winning the victory 3-2.
The Rattlers will try to recover when they return to the District 26-6A game on Tuesday, facing Buda Hays on the road.
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