In the second game of the day Wednesday at Roughrider Field, Frozen Ropes Martin and West Texas Elite traded the lead until the Ropes scored two in the top of the seventh and then held on for a 6-5 win.
Ropes Martin second baseman Josh Acosta seemingly already had a full day in his first game of the day, as his No. 11 was caked in dirt. Every play involving Acosta must have involved dirt.
Acosta led off the seventh with a single and while he was made to return to first after he thought he stole second, Acosta reached second anyway on a Jordan Yoder single. Acosta scored the tying run on a single to left by Koby Ketcher.
Yoder eventually scored the go-ahead run on Zack Hargrove’s sacrifice fly.
In the bottom of the seventh, West Texas Elite managed a runner on a two-out error, but Ropes Martin pitcher Sean McVittie worked the third flyout of the inning to end it all.
Acosta scored a pair of runs, while Yoder, Caleb Tacke, Zach Smith, and Eli Garcia each crossed home plate once. Yoder led the way with two hits and Acosta, Ketcher, Tyler Perez, Hargrove, Tacke, and Smith each had one.
Yoder earned the win, allowing five runs (four earned) on 10 hits over 6 1/3 innings and he struck out five and walked two. McVittie picked up the final two outs for the save, made on 14 pitches after Yoder threw 98.
Caleb Heuertz took the loss and he allowed six runs (five earned) on seven hits over six-plus innings. He struck out 11 and walked two during a 93-pitch outing.
At the plate, Heuertz doubled and drove in a pair of runs, as his two-out double in the sixth plated two and gave West Texas Elite back the lead.
Unfortunately, for Heuertz and his teammates, they could not hold the lead in the seventh.
Frozen Ropes Martin 8, Slammers Ackerfeldt 7
Ropes Martin took a 7-4 lead after three runs in the first and four in the fourth, then Slammers Ackerfeldt plugged away in one-run intervals until working a 7-all score in the top of the seventh.
That all set the stage for some more Ropes Martin late-inning theatrics.
This game was definitely a wild one.
Leading off the thrilling conclusion, Zack Hargrove reached on the always popular dropped third strike, but hey Ropes Martin will take it.
Hargrove advanced to second a wild pitch and Jordan Yoder sacrificed Hargrove to third.
Slammers Ackerfeldt decided to walk both Koby Ketcher and Sean McVittie to load the bases and set up the double play.
However, that would prove unnecessary, since Hargrove came home on a wild pitch.
Yes, what a wild way to end it.
Hargrove scored a pair of runs on a day with no hits, while Yoder, McVittie, Judd McCall, Eli Garcia, Zach McClaughlin, and Zach Smith each scored a run.
Perez led the way with two hits and Josh Acosta, McCall, Caleb Tacke, and McLaughlin each had one of the Ropes’ remaining hits.
McVittie earned the win, allowing one run (earned) on one hit over one inning and he struck out none and walked two.
Dalton Dillard took the loss, allowing one run (earned) on no hits over 3 1/3 innings and he struck out six and walked two. All three of Dillard’s wild pitches came in the decisive inning.
Grant Dudden and Charlie Deeds each had two hits in the loss, while Cade Akerfelds and Deeds each had a pair of RBI. Deeds tripled for the contest’s lone extra base hit.
South Texas Sliders RGV 5, Slammers Ackerfeldt 2
Sliders RGV broke open a 2-all game with three runs in the bottom of the fifth.
In that rally, Sliders RGV took the lead on an error and then Homero Saldivar provided all the necessary insurance with a two-run single with two outs.
Saldivar earned the win with three innings of scoreless relief and he struck out two and walked three during an outing where he surrendered no hits.
Grant Shandy took the loss and he allowed five runs (one earned) on four hits over six innings and he struck out seven and walked two. In other words, he pitched well enough to win on a normal day.
West Texas Elite 9, South Texas Sliders RGV 1
In the final game of the day, after three close games to start the tournament, of course it would be a blowout.
West Texas Elite scored two runs in the first, one in the second, two in the third, three in the fourth, and one in the sixth, while it was a long day for Sliders RGV after scoring one in the first.
Jarred Gibson earned the win, allowing one run (unearned) on four hits over six innings and he struck out five and walked three.
Heuertz had another big game offensively with three hits, two runs scored, and two RBI.