Ex-Titan Heads To Class A Ball & Area All-State Baseball And Softball Picks
A former East baseball star gets his first major league assignment. Jonathan Ortega will start playing for the Red Cox’ Class A team in Lowell, Massachusetts, the Spinners, on Friday. Ortega, a former two-time first-team All-State pick for the Titans, was drafted by the Red Sox in the 19th round of the Major League Baseball draft last Wednesday.
Yoakum second baseman Denver Evans, named to the Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association All-Star All-State South team. He will play in that All-Star game Saturday morning at 11:00 at Dell Diamond in Round Rock. Five area high school softball players get All-State honors from the Texas Girls Coaches Association.
Regan Dunn leads the way. The Cuero senior pitcher, the only area 4A softball player to get the honor. Dunn led the Lady Gobblers to the regional finals for the second time in three years. Dunn had 23 wins this season with a 0.99 ERA and 322 strikeouts. Regan plans to sign with Sam Houston State. The only area 3A player to get TGCA All-State honors, Rylee Trlicek from Hallettsville. area 2A players getting All-State honors, Heather Wineman from Refugio, and two Shiner seniors, Bethany Nevlud and Kailey Williams.
Gabe Holt, Michael Davis and Brian Klein all homered for Texas Tech, which is going to the College World Series for the third time in five seasons after beating Duke 6-2 on Monday.
The Red Raiders (44-18) went ahead to stay when Davis hit a two-run homer in the fourth to break a 1-1 tie in the deciding game of the best-of-three NCAA super regional.
Jimmy Herron had three hits and both RBIs for Duke (45-18).
Ty Harpenau (7-2) allowed one run while working three innings in relief for Texas Tech, striking out three and walking one. Dylan Dusek took over with a runner on and no outs in the ninth and finished for his first save.
Matt Dockman (0-1), the third of six Duke pitchers, gave up hits to the only two batters he faced, including Davis’ 12th home run of the season.
Kody Clemens and DJ Petrinsky hit home runs, Matteo Bocchi was effective in a rare appearance as a starting pitcher, and Texas defeated Tennessee Tech 5-2 Monday for a spot in the College World Series.
Texas (42-21), under second-year coach David Pierce, returns to the CWS for the first time since 2014.
Clemens, drafted recently in the third round by the Detroit Tigers, hit his 24th home run of the season – one less than the national leader Spencer Torkelson of Arizona State. Clemens has 11 home runs in his last 15 games.
Alex Hursey (8-5), the No. 3 starter for Tech (53-12), lasted just three innings, allowing four runs.
Bocchi (4-1) made only his fourth start of the season for Texas. He allowed one run in a season-high five innings. Nolan Kingham, the Game 1 starter on Saturday and the sixth pitcher for Texas on Monday, came on in the ninth, walking one to load the bases but inducing Brennon Kaleiwahea to ground out and end the game.
Ryan Reynolds, moved from sixth to ninth in the Texas batting order on Sunday after a 2-for-17 performance through his first four NCAA Tournament games, doubled home two runs in the second inning.
Clemens and Petrinsky hit solo home runs in the third to put Texas ahead 4-0.