Track At Nationals Update & Area H.S. 3A Baseball Players Make All-State

Five area high school players make the Texas Sports Writers Association 3A All-sSate baseball team. Second team All-State honors go to pitchers Bryce Galvan of Tidehaven and Ryan Targac of Hallettsville, and to Yoakum third baseman Denver Evans and Edna outfielder Reese Orsak. Making third team All-State, Hallettsville second baseman Rhett Trlicek.
At the AAU Junior Olympic Nationals in Des Moines, Iowa, Averie Barefield of the Sho Up And Sho Out track club of Victoria takes the bronze in the girls 12 year old shot put.

CARY, N.C. – The 15U National Team Trials wrapped up Phase One Tuesday, with the United and Eagles squad winning on Fields 2 and 3 at the National Training Complex.

The 34 athletes moving on to Phase Two will be announced Tuesday evening at a special selection meeting. To see the complete Phase Two roster, click here.

GAME 1 (FIELD 2): EAGLES 10, BRAVE 7

Despite outhitting the Eagles 13-9, the Brave suffered a 10-7 defeat on Field 2. Four players had multi-hit performances, led by outfielder Derrick Mitchell’s (Tempe, Ariz.) three. Designated hitter Anthony Martinez (Fairfield, Calif.), first baseman Josh Reis (Wahana, Hawaii), and infielder Sal Stewart (Miami, Fla.) each recorded two hits apiece, and Reis collected two RBI.

For the Eagles, the duo of Termarr Johnson (Atlanta, Ga.) and Kaden Martin (Redondo Beach, Calif.) each registered two hits each and two RBI, joined by catcher Michael Saumell (Spring, Texas) and outfielder Tyler Collins (McKinney, Texas) who also drove in two apiece. Johnson and shortstop Davis Diaz (Pittsburg, Calif.) each scored three times.

On the mound for the Eagles, starter Cale Lansville (Denver, Colo.) dominated, striking out five in three innings without allowing a walk.

Brave hurler Justin Colon (Carolina, P.R.) also impressed, facing his minimum and striking out the side in the final inning of play.

The Brave opened the scoring first, when catcher Talmadge LeCroy (Belton, S.C.) scored after two consecutive singles to teammates Karson Bowen (Anaheim Hills, Calif.) and Collin Reuter (Olive Branch, Miss.).

The Eagles quickly fired back, plating three runs in the bottom of the frame. They then added four in the bottom of the fourth and another three in the fifth. Like their previous contests, the Brave began to battle back, plating three runs in the top of the fifth and three more in the seventh before ultimately falling.

GAME 2 (FIELD 3): UNITED 6, PRIDE 5

Each team recorded six hits in the final game of Phase One, but a seventh inning two-run shot from United’s Devin Obee (Bowling Green, Ky.) proved the difference as the black squad topped the red, 6-5.

Infielder Eldridge Armstrong (Pasadena, Calif.) led the Pride, going 2-for-3 with a triple, while scoring two runs and adding two RBI. Fellow infielder Mikey Romero (Menifee, Calif.) also turned in two hits for the red squad.

For United, catcher Charlie Saum (Ventura, Calif.) was the only multi-hit performer for the black squad, tallying two hits with a triple and a run and first baseman Aaron Perez (Santa Ana, Calif.) doubled in two. On the mound, Louis Rodriguez (Long Beach, Calif.) fanned four in three innings of work without allowing a walk.

The game began as a pitcher’s duel, scoreless through the first three and a half frames before the Pride put up three, courtesy of Armstrong’s triple which scored infielders Luke Leto (Portage, Mich.) and Ethan Anderson (Virginia Beach, Va.). Catcher Joe Brown (Petaluma, Calif.) followed that up with a double to bring him home.

United stole the lead in the sixth, after Saum led off with his triple and scored on a throwing error to get the black squad on the board. Doubles from Brady House (Winder, Ga.) and Perez added three more for United, and then Obee’s moonshot in the seventh sealed the deal.

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