Baseball: #8 Drovers Set To Battle #14 Rams

No. 8 USAO Drovers vs. No. 14 Texas Wesleyan Rams
When: April 19&20, 2019
Where: Sycamore Park in Fort Worth, Texas Time: Friday at 2 p.m.; Saturday at 12 & 2 p.m.
Series Record: Texas Wesleyan leads, 10-9 dating back to 2008.

Probable Starting Pitchers:

Friday: USAO JR. Jean Mutaner (9-1, 1.91) vs TWU SR. Cameron Vige (7-2, 4.32)

Saturday G1: USAO FR. Matt Merrill (8-1, 1.72) vs TWU JR. Josh Brown (4-1, 2.78)

Saturday G2: USAO JR. Colton Williams (11-0, 1.23) vs TWU JR. Houston Glad (9-2 , 3.15)

With the regular season winding down every game becomes more and more critical. The 8th ranked USAO Drovers (34-10, 18-3 SAC) are heading down to Fort Worth to take on the 14th ranked Texas Wesleyan Rams (37-9, 16-4 SAC) in a premier matchup. This matchup is also featured as the NAIA Ball (@NAIABALL on twitter) game of the week.

What To Know About USAO:

The Drovers come into this game on a 12 game win streak which includes a series sweeps over Wayland Baptist and Panhandle State University. The Drovers are coached by head coach Mike Ross. Ross is in his 11th season with the Drovers as he has secured 300 wins and 2 World Series appearance during his time at USAO. Assistant Coach Tyle Hankins is in his 1st season with Drovers and most recently spent time with Northwestern Oklahoma State University.

The pitching staff for the Drovers has been lights out all season long as they led the league in earned run average with a solid 2.20 ERA on the season. USAO also ranks 2nd in opponent batting average as they have held opposing team to a .176 batting average. The Drovers starting pitcher staff is led by the trio of Colton Williams, Matt Merrill and Jean Muntaner. Williams currently sitting at 11-0 on the season with a 1.23 ERA which ranks him second in the NAIA. Merrill is 8-1 on the Season with a 1.72 ERA. Merrill is currently holding opponents to a .136 batting on the season which ranks him first in the NAIA. Muntaner is 9-1 on the season with a 1.91 ERA. Muntaner has picked up 61.1 innings for the Drovers and has racked up 63 strikeouts on the season. Out of the bullpen the Drovers rely on righy Rudy Gonzalez to carry the majority of the load. He is currently 3-2 on the season with a 1.28 ERA. Gonzalez has thrown 49.1 innings for the Drovers and is holding opponents batting average to .153 on the season.

The offense for the Drovers has picked up here lately and during this 12 game win streak they are averaging 10 runs per game. The offense ranks 11th in the NAIA with a .332 batting average for the season. The Drovers also sit 14th in the NAIA in runs score per game averaging 8 runs per game. The offense is led by Luis Pelayo, who is currently batting .388 on the season with 5 home runs and 47 RBI’s. The Drovers are getting solid play from the Catcher Alex Sanchez as he is tearing up the baseball as of late. In his last 10 games Sanchez has collected 9 home runs and has added 24 RBI’s to his total. On the season, Sanchez is hitting .382 and has 48 RBI’s. P.J. Garcia has put together a good Senior campaign hitting .381 with 4 home runs and 29 RBI’s on the season.

Shortstop P.J. Garcia said “This weekend is a big series for us. Lately, we have been playing really well as a team. Pitching has been outstanding all year and our hitting is coming back around. Coach has been telling us lately to play each game as an elimination game, and that’s been our mindset. We, as a team, need to continue that mindset and focus on us and what we are doing. Excited for this weekend and what’s to come.”

Catcher Alex Sanchez said “I’ll tell you this much Texas Wesleyan is always a in the top contenders. They also show up to play every game. This is no doubt the most important series of the year due to the set backs we’ve had on our team. At the end of the day if they bring their A game and we do as well we are coming out on top.”

What To Know About Texas Wesleyan:

The Rams currently are just 1 game out of first place but own the tie breaker over Oklahoma City after beat the Stars in that series back on March 30th. The Rams are coached by Head Coach Bobby Garza, who was the assistant for 4 year at Texas Wesleyan before taking over the head coaching job just last season. The Assistant Coach for the Rams is Kelly Shoppach. Shoppach is in his 3rd season as the assistant coach with the Rams.

The Rams offense currently ranks 28th in the country in batting average with a .316 team average . The offense is led by Caden Williams who is hitting .458 with 2 home runs and 17 RBI’s. Michael Davila is hitting .354 on the season with 3 home runs and 40 runs for the Rams on the season. Sheadion Jamankia is hitting .359 for the Rams with 3 home runs, 33 RBI’s and 19 walks on the season.

The pitching staff for the Rams has been dominate as they rank 2nd in total batter struck out with 402 on the season and are ranked 16th in opponent batting average, holding opponents to a .233 average on the season. Houston Glad has been impressive this season as he is currently 9-2 with a 3.15 ERA for the Rams. Glad has tallied 68.2 innings for the Rams and has collected 79 strikeouts on the season. Cameron Vige is another key arm for the Rams as he is 7-2 with a 4.32 ERA on the season. Vige has thrown 66.2 innings on the season and has held opponents to a .237 batting average. The Rams go-to guy out of the bullpen has been Parker Robinson who has tallied 47 innings with a 1.72 ERA and 64 strikeouts.

Texas Wesleyan Pitcher Houston Glad said “This weekend is a huge for both teams, it could decide the 1 and 2 seed for the conference tournament. The games are going to be a battle. Both pitching staffs have been great so far this year. I’m looking forward to some highly competitive games this weekend at Sycamore Park.”

Rams Pitcher Parker Robinson said “This is a big series for us, I’m confident in our guys and what we bring to the table to be able to compete with anyone in the nation. This season has gone well so far for us because we all have one common goal in mind and play for each other. It’s going to be a huge weekend for us in the conference, and I’m excited to go out and compete.”

Special Guest Pickers:

Cody From @NAIABall on twitter

Pick: USAO (3-0) sweeps the series

“Another NAIA Ball Series of the Week appearance for USAO, I’m rolling with the Drovers in Fort Worth. Bottom line: USAO has the best staff in the nation and it’ll carry over out in Texas. I expect all three games to be competitive but USAO will rise up to their competition this weekend with the SAC on the line.”

Robby Gutierrez from @NAIABall on twitter

Pick: 2-1 USAO

“A huge Sooner Athletic Conference matchup between two top 25 teams in Ft. Worth! USAO has arguably the best staff in the nation posting a 2.16 era through 43 games. Texas Wesleyan swings the bat well hitting .316 avg as a team. If USAO can have its staff go deep into games and silence the Rams bats then the Drovers will win the series”

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Baseball: Drovers Win Series Opener Over Pioneers

The 9th ranked USAO Drovers (30-10, 16-3 SAC) beat the Wayland Baptist Pioneers (22-12, 11-5 SAC) 15-1 after a 7 inning finish. The Drovers came out hot and never looked back as they put up 5 runs in the bottom of the first inning to get it all started. The Drovers would score at least 1 run in every inning expect the 4th inning.

USAO sent the Freshman right-handed pitcher Matt Merrill to the mound and he did not disappoint. Merrill dominate through his 7 quality innings, allowing 1 run on just 3 hits, 1 walk and 13 strikeouts on the afternoon. With this win he now moves to 8-1 with an ERA of 1.72 on the season.

The offense for the Drovers put together 12 hits on the day led by Luis Pelayo who was 3-4 with 2 singles and a home run (5) and 8 RBI’s for USAO. P.J. Garcia went 3-5 with 2 singles and a double. Miguel Lorenzo went 2-5 with a single and a double. Coleton Horner went 1-4 with a single. Elvin Alamo went 1-3 with a single. Daniel Lafarga went 1-4 with a double and two RBI’s on the day. Cristian Laboy went 1-4 with a 3 run home run (5).

USAO and Wayland Baptist will finish out the series on Friday, April 12th. The two teams will play a double-header at Bill Smith Ballpark in Chickasha, Oklahoma. The first game of the double-header is set to begin at 2 PM.

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Baseball Preview: #9 USAO Set To Play #7 Oklahoma City In Premier Battle

No. 9 USAO Drovers vs. No. 7 Oklahoma City Stars
When: March 7&9, 2019
Where: Bill Smith Ballpark (7th), Jim Wade Stadium (9th)
Time: Thursday at 6 p.m.; Saturday at 1 & 3:30 p.m.
Series Record: Oklahoma City leads, 34-9 dating back to 2007.

Probable Starting Pitchers:

Thursday: USAO JR. Jean Mutaner (5-0, 1.00) vs OCU JR. Bryce Milligan (4-0, 0.00)

Saturday G1: USAO FR. Matt Merrill (4-0, 0.99) vs OCU JR. Jake Patterson (3-0, 3.96)

Saturday G2:USAO JR. Coleton Williams (4-0, 1.99) vs OCU JR. Brandon Goldston (3-1,3.67)

Just a little over a month into the season and already a key top 20 series, The 9th ranked USAO Drovers (18-2, 2-0 SAC) take on the 7th ranked Oklahoma City Stars (18-2, 3-0 SAC). This series last year brought a 2-2 split. Both teams opened up conference play this week by sweeping their opponents. The Drovers would sweep SAGU in a two game series and the Stars would grab 3 wins against Southwestern Christian.

What To Know About USAO:

The USAO Drovers come into this big series playing well, winning 11 of there last 12 games. The Drovers are coached by Head Coach Mike Ross and Tyle Hankins. Ross is in his 11th season with the Drovers and has qualified for two world series appearances. Hankins is in his first season with the Drovers as he has spent time with Northwestern Oklahoma State University as the hitting coach.

Head Coach Mike Ross said “Will be the best team have played this year. They are always one of the top teams in the NAIA and I’m excited for the series.

The Drovers all-around have picked up where they left off last season where they are coming off an impressive 46-8 finish. The Drovers are again led by SR. P.J.Garcia, who led the team in average last season with .410. This season Garcia is hitting .452 for the Drovers, with 6 doubles and 1 home run on the season. The Drovers have got very solid play out of the Oklahoma Sooner Transfer FR. Brock Henderson. He is currently hitting .485, with 5 doubles and has tacked on 7 RBI’s for the Drovers. JR. Luis Pelayo the transfer from Connors State, is presently hitting .418 with 7 doubles, 4 triples and 1 home run. JR. Ian Laureano is hitting .424 for the Drovers,with 4 doubles and 1 home run.

Drovers Shortstop P.J. Garcia said”It’s a series you look at when you get the schedule. It’s always good competition and a fun series. We both have been in the top of the conference for the last several years so it will be fun to see who comes out on top this year.”

The Drover pitching has dominated thus far through the season as they hold a team ERA of 1.61 and are holding opponents batting average to a .164 on the season. The Drovers pitching staff is led by FR. Matt Merrill, who is sitting at 4-0 with a 0.99 ERA for USAO. Merrill has thrown 27.1 innings and struck out 39 for the Drovers. Another reliable arm for the Drovers has been JR. Jean Mutaner. The lefty is sitting at 5-0 on the season with a solid 1.00 ERA. Mutaner has thrown 27 innings and has sat down 29 with the punch out. JR. Coleton Williams has started the year right, as he is 4-0 with a 1.99 ERA for the Drovers. Opponents are hitting .171 against Williams on the season.

What To Know About OCU:

The Oklahoma City Stars are also starting their season right where they left off, as they have won 10 of their last 11 games. The Stars are led by Head coach Denney Crabaugh and assistant coach Keith Lytle. Crabaugh has had a very successful journey at OCU and is currently in his 29th season with the Stars. Lytle is also in his 29th season with the Stars, and like Crabaugh has had a very successful career as the hitting coach for Oklahoma City.

Head Coach Denney Crabaugh said “Should be another hard-fought series like they have been the past few years”

The Stars offense is hitting a team average of .286, and they are led by FR. Noah Barks. Barks is currently hitting .391, with 5 doubles and has tacked on 7 RBI’s for OCU. JR. Tyler Williams is hitting .333 for the stars, as he has an impressive 5 home runs, 4 doubles and 29 RBI’s on the season. SR. Quinton Walbergh is currently hitting .365 for the Stars, with 5 doubles and 8 RBI’s.

The Oklahoma City pitching staff has been dominated by the JR. Bryce Milligan. He is dominating opponents as he is 4-0 on the season with a 0.00 ERA and struck out 41 in 34.2 innings for the Stars. Back on February 1st Milligan complete his first no-hitter of the season against Grand View (Iowa), where he threw 7 strong innings and would strikeout 8 for the Stars. JR. Brandon Goldston is another good arm for the Stars as he is 3-1 with a 3.67 ERA. Goldston has thrown 27 innings with 22 strikeouts. JR. Jake Patterson is 3-0 with a 3.96 ERA, as he has thrown 25 innings for the Stars on the season. SR. Tyler Milligan is a good arm out of the pen for the stars, as he is 1-0 with a 1.59 ERA. Milligan has thrown 5.2 innings and sat down 10 via the strikeout.

OCU pitcher Tyler Milligan said “Conference games are always important to win especially against another ranked team like USAO we always look forward to playing them should be a good weekend.”

Special Guest Pickers:

Cody From @NAIABall on twitter

Pick: Oklahoma City 2-1 series win

“Also featured as our NAIA Ball Big Series of the Week, I’m picking the Stars to win the opener on the road in Chickasha behind the arm of future All American SP Bryce Milligan 30+ IP, 0.00 ERA).

With the series heading to Oklahoma City for two games on Saturday, I’m predicting a hard fought split between two outstanding teams.

OCU wins the opener 2-1. But similar to last season, look for the Drovers to return the favor in May”

Robby Gutierrez from @NAIABall on twitter

Pick: USAO 2-1 series win

“The Drovers will have their hands full in game 1 with likely Bryce Milligan. He’s been lights out for Denney Crabaugh and the Stars this season. Tyler Williams bat will be an issue for USAO all series long. But the USAO pitching staff has been great this season. Ricardo Velez has a big time breaking ball that strikes a lot of guys out, combine that with Matt Merrill and Jean Mutaner and you’ve got a great series. Rudy Gonzalez is having a great year out of the pen and I expect that to continue vs a potent offense of OCU. On the offensive side I look for PJ Garcia and Luis Pelayo to carry the load. Garcia to get in and Pelayo to drive guys in. Daniel Lafarga and Alex Sanchez have been instrumental in putting the ball in the gaps and over the fence to help the Drovers score. All in all I believe we’re in for the best series so far this year.”

 

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Basketball: Drovers Crack Triple-Digit Scoring With Flashy Performance

The USAO Drovers (1-1) bounced back in a nice way, as they beat the Southwest Mustangs (1-3) 102-93. The Drovers were led by the Sophomore Cameron Hines, as he racked up 31 points on 10-13 shooting with 9 assists and just 2 turnovers. Ron’Quis Lewis was the main force for the Mustang offense as he would tally 24 points on 7-12 shooting.

In the first half, the Drovers would outscore the Mustangs 54-41 as they would get 20 points from Hines. The Mustangs would get a great first half from Demond Parker as he would finish the half with 13 points. The Drovers would find their way to a first half lead, as they would shoot 62% from the floor, while the Mustangs would shoot 47%. In the first half, the Drovers would dominate the points in the paints as they would score 22 and only allow 8.

In the second half the momentum would flip with the Mustangs outscoring the Drovers 52-48. The Mustangs were led by Lewis as he would tack on 18 points and finish with a team high 24. Hines would again lead the scoring for the Drovers with 11 but would be closely followed by Geno Artison and Marquise Williams. Artison and Williams would both finish the half with 9 points each. In the second half the Drovers shot 51%, as the Mustangs would shoot 56%. The Drovers would piece together a strong night from behind the arc as they went 8-20 (40%).

The Drovers would get a well-played game from Artison, as he finished with 16 points and 8 boards. Williams would pick up 16 points of his own and would battle to grab 5 rebounds on the night. The Mustangs had a well-played game from Josh Harris as he added 18 points on 7-10 shooting. Emmanuel McNeil tallied 15 points and racked up 9 rebounds. The Drovers outrebounded the Mustangs, 35-32. The Drovers would get a big game on the glass from Junior Dedrian Parmer as he picked up 8 rebound and tacked on 7 points to finish off his night. The Drovers defense was able to win another important categories, as they would force 16 turnover and only have 9 of their own.

Sophomore Guard Cameron Hines said “We bounced back after a tough loss on Saturday. I thought our offensive execution was great, but we still have a long ways to go on the defensive end. We’re looking forward to our next game Friday against a tough opponent in Randall.

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Baseball: Drovers Pitching Leads to Friday Sweep

In game 1 of the conference series with Mid-America, where the Drovers would win 7-0.

The Drovers would get an exceptional start from Senior Jose Hidalgo, as he would throw 7 great inning, allowing just 1 base hit. Hidalgo would allow 5 walks, but would counter that with 8 strikeouts. Following this win, Hidalgo moved to 7-2 on the season.

The offense would collect 8 hits, and be led by Stevie Thompson. He would go 2-2 with 2 singles. Miguel Lorenzo would go 1-3 with a home run (7). P.J. Garcia would go 1-3 with a double. Kenniel Rivera would go 1-4 with a single. Daniel Lafarga would go 1-3 with a single. Henry Rodriguez would go 1-2 with a single. Alex Sanchez went 1-3 with a home run (5).

Game 2 would go about the same for the Drovers, as they would beat Mid-America 6-1.

The Drovers offense would put together 9 hits, as they would be led by P.J. Garcia. He would finish going 3-4 with 2 singles and a double. Miguel Lorenzo would go 2-3 with a single. Kenniel Rivera would go 1-3 with a no doubt home run (8). Greg Barnette went 1-3 with a home run (6). Henry Rodriguez went 1-3 with a single. Sergio Mendez would finish 1-2 with a double.

The Drovers would get another great start, but this time it was by Senior Tucker White. He would throw 6 strong innings, give up 1 runs on 4 hits. White would finish with a season high 9 strikeouts, his previous was 8 against Arlington Baptist. After the win, White improved to 6-1 on the season. The Drovers called on Senior Roberto Aldana to finish the game, as he would throw one scoreless inning, and allow just 1 hit. Aldana would finish with 3 strikeouts on the afternoon.

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Pictures From USAO Vs Mid-America

Softball: Drovers Get Revenge On Senior Night

In the first meeting between these two teams back in early April, Texas Wesleyan would win both games by the scores of 4-3 and 10-8, handing the Drovers 2 of their 3 losses on the year. On Friday the Drovers would get their revenge.

In game 1, the Drovers would cruise to victory over Texas Wesleyan, by the score of 6-1.

The Drovers bats collected 6 hits, led by Darci Chester who was 2-3 with 2 doubles. Alyson Clemence who was 2-3 with a single and a double. Dakota Clouse would go 1-4 with a single. Chloe Clifton went 1-4 with a triple.

The Drovers got yet another impressive start from Freshman Emily Cerny. She would go 7 inning, give up 1 run on 4 hits. Cerny would finish with 11 strikeouts, and only walk two on the afternoon. After the win, Cerny would improve to 23-2 on the season.

In game 2, the Drovers would even go the season series after a 7-1 win over Texas Wesleyan.

The Drovers would get a great start, by Jordan Detherage. She would go 7 innings, give up 1 run on 4 hits, and strikeout 4 in the game. After the win, Detherage moved to 14-1 on the season.

The offense would give Detherage a lot of support, collecting 8 hits. The Drovers offense would be led by Falon Howell, as she would hit a pinch hit grand slam. Dakota Clouse went 1-2 with a single,Rhanda Hatter finished 1-3 with a single, Shania Beck went 1-3 with a single, Caitlin Hall would go 1-3 with a single, Alyson Clemence went 1-3 with a single, Karlie Velasco went 2-2 with 2 singles.

The Drovers played there final regular season home game, which meant it was a day to recognize the 5 USAO softball Seniors. These Senior are, Shania Beck, Caitlin Hall, Chloe Clifton, Jordan Detherage, and Shannon Boe. We will be sad to see these 5 players leave, but are greatful for all the work they have contributed while being apart of the Drover family.

Quotes:

Falon Howell said “Before I hit, I was thinking that all I need is a base hit to score runs. Honestly when I made contact, I wasn’t sure it would go over, but I was excited that it did. It all started with my teammates getting on base and allowing me to hit the RBIs.

Senior Jordan Detherage said “As this year has progressed, our team has come so far and has even more prove. We are meshing, working, and bonding together as one unit. If we keep working hard this team has the potential to go far. Making it all the way is the number one goal on our team. With this being my last year I am confident with the girls I play side by side with, that they will go to battle to make the goal reachable every game.

Senior Caitlin Hall said “I couldn’t be more proud of my team! As this season has went on, we’ve really learned how to play together and find ways win. The younger girls have brought new energy to the lineup this year, and the upperclassmen have stepped up as leaders. As we head into the post-season, I’m feeling very confident about this team and our chances to finish the year strong.

Senior Chloe Clifton said “Playing here my last two years has been everything I could ask for. I’ve had amazing teammates, great coaches, and I’ve made more memories than I could ever imagine. Coming off such a successful season last year only sets the bar higher for this years team goals, and I without a doubt know my team is capable of anything. I’m really excited to see how far this team takes us.”

Senior Shania Beck- No comment

Senior Shannon Boe- No comment

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Baseball: Drovers Get Back To Winning Way

The Drovers successful bounced back, following a series loss to the Oklahoma City Stars. The USAO Drovers beat the Friend Falcons, 7-6. With the win the Drovers captured there third straight 30 win season as they move to 30-6 on the season. The Friend Falcons drop to 26-12 on the season.

The USAO bats would put together 11 hits, as they were led by P.J. Garcia. He would go 3-5 with 3 singles. Miguel Lorenzo would to 2-5 with 2 singles. Henry Rodriguez would go 2-3 with a single and a double. Daniel Lafarga went 1-3 with a single. Coleton Horner went 1-5 with a triple. Xavier Sundman went 1-4 with a double. Stevie Thompson went 1-3 with a double.

The Drovers got a high quality start from Stephen Wright, as he would go 6 strong innings, give up 3 runs on 7 hits. He would also finish with 4 strikeouts on the afternoon. Wright moves to 3-1 on the season. The Drovers would use 3 relievers in this contest, Rudy Gonzalez, Corey Korenic and Angel Reyes. Gonzalez would throw 1 inning, give up 1 runs on 1 hit. He would end up with 3 strikeouts. Korenic would throw 1 inning, allow just 1 hit with 3 strikeouts. Angel Reyes would come in and close the door, going 1 inning, giving up 2 unearned runs with 2 strikeouts. With this save, Reyes now has 11 on the season.

Infielder P.J. Garcia said “It was a team win, Stephen gave us the opportunity to win with how well he pitched. Played well all around. We just have to continue to trust the process.

Pitcher Stephen Wright said “We didn’t play our best baseball today but good teams find a way to win regardless and that is what we did today.”

The Drovers Take 2 Of 3 From Saints In Opening Series

GAME 1:

The Lady Of The Lake Saints defeated the USAO Drovers, by the score of 4-2.

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In this game, the the Drovers sent Tucker White to the mound, as he went 4 innings and gave up just 2 hits. The Droves has to use 3 relief pitchers in this game, including Corey Korenic, Justin Hasek, and Angel Reyes. Korenic went 1 inning, and didn’t allow a hit. Hasek went 0.2 innings and gave up 3 runs on 2 hits. Reyes went 0.1 innings and gave up 1 run on 1 hit.

The offense for USAO was held to just 3 hits. The bats for the Drovers would be led by Greg Barnette, as he would go 1-2 with a double and a walk. P.J. Garcia went 1-3 with a single and a walk. Miguel Lorenzo went 1-3 with a single and walk.

Lady Of The Lakes:

The Saints sent Jordan Hackett to the hill, as he would throw 5 innings and allow 1 run on 3 hits. The Saints would have 2 relievers in the game, Logan Garza and Ty Cook. Garza and Cook would both pitch one scoreless inning.

The bats for the Saints collected 5 hits, led by Jose Diaz as he would go 2-3 with 2 singles and a walk. Daniel Anciso would go 1-3 with a single and a walk. Russell Brown would go 1-2 with a double and a walk. Xavier Solis would go 1-2 with a double and a walk.

Winning pitcher: Logan Garza (1-0)

Losing Pitcher: Justin Hasek (0-1)

Save: Ty Cook (1)

Player of the game:

Jose Diaz- He would go 2-3, and have 2 singles and draw a walk.

GAME 2:

In the second game of this series, the Drovers cruise to a 12-1 victory of the Saints.

USAO:

The Drovers sent Jose Hidalgo to the mound, and he pitched a gem. Hidalgo pitched 6 innings, and gave up 0 runs on 1 hit. He also finished the day with 10 strikeouts. The only relief pitcher for USAO was Mason Stasyszen, he threw 1 inning and gave up 0 runs on 0 hits. He also finished with 3 strikeouts.

The bats for the Drovers collected 14 hits, and they were led by P.J. Garcia as he would go 3-4 with a double and 2 singles. Stevie Thompson went 2-5 with a double and a single. Miguel Lorenzo went 2-4 with 2 singles and a RBI. Alex Sanchez went 2-4 with a solo homerun (1) , and a single. Sergio Mendez went 2-4 with 2 singles and 2 RBI’s. Wyatt Hull went 1-4 with a single, and 2 RBI’s. Kenniel Rivera went 1-5 with a single. Henry Rodriguez went 1-4 with a single.

Lady Of The Lakes:

The Saints sent J.B. Martinez to the mound, where he would throw just 2 innings and give up 2 runs on 3 hits.

The bats for the Saints were held to just 1 hit. Daniel Anciso went 1-3 with a single. The Saints we’re held to an .043 batting average, by Jose Hidalgo.

Winning pitcher: Jose Hidalgo (1-0)

Losing pitcher: J.B. Martinez (0-1)

Player of the game:

Jose Hidalgo- He threw 6 innings, and struck out 10 of the Saints hitters.

GAME 3:

In the final game of this series, the Drovers beat the Saints 4-3 in an extra inning battle.

USAO:

The Drovers sent Stephen Wright to the mound, where he would throw 5 innings and give up 0 runs on 0 hits. The Drovers also used 2 relievers, Corey Korenic and Angel Reyes. Korenic threw 2 innings and gave up 0 runs on 0 hits. Reyes threw 4 innings, and gave up 3 runs on 3 hits. He also struck out 7 Saints hitters during 4 innings.

The USAO bats collected 9 hits, led by Miguel Lorenzo as he would go 2-4 with 2 singles. Henry Rodriguez went 2-5 with 2 singles. Stevie Thompson went 2-4 with 2 singles. Sergio Mendez went 1-4 with a single. Greg Barnette went 1-5 with a single. Alex Sanchez went 1-6 with a single.

Lady Of The Lakes:

The Saints sent Garrett Moltzan to the mound, as he would throw 4 1/3 innings and give up 2 runs on 3 hits. The Saints has to use 4 relievers, Logan Garza, Ty Cook, Alex Martinez, Tony Esparza. Garza would throw 2 1/3 innings, and give up 1 run on 3 hits. Cook threw 0.1 innings and gave up 0 runs on 0 hits. Martinez would throw 3.2 innings and give up 1 run on 3 hits. Esparza threw 0.1 innings and gave up 0 runs.

The bats for the Saints collected just 3 hits, as they were led by Russell Brown as he would go 1-4 with a 2 run homerun (1). Robert Lopez went 1-5 with a solo homerun (1). Jose Diaz went 1-5 with a double.

Winning pitcher: Angel Reyes (1-0)

Losing pitcher: Ty Cook (0-1)

Player of the game:

Stephen Wright- He threw 5 scoreless innings for the Drovers, and didn’t allow a hit.

USAO’s shortstop P.J. Garcia said “We started off slow on the offensive side and lost a tough one in the first game. We bounced back in the second game and we strung a lot of hits together. The third game we fought hard and came together as a team to pull out a win and the series win. Our pitching was very good this weekend. We got to take it a day at a time and trust the process.

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Drovers Drop 2 Games to the Rams 

Game 1 

To open day 3 of the Sooner Athletic Conference Tournament, The Texas Wesleyan Rams beat the USAO Drovers 8-4.

The bats for the Drovers collected 10 hits and were led by Kenniel Rivera who went 2-3 with 2 singles.  Hayden Sloane went 2-4 with 2 singles, Henry Rodriguez went 2-4 with 2 singles, Frankely Gonzalez went 1-4 with a single, Christian Perez went 1-4 with a single, Dillon White went 1-4 with a single and Alexander Cortes went 1-4 with a double. The starting pitcher was Carson Corff and he went 7 innings, giving up 4 runs on 6 hits.

The bats for the Rams gathered 11 hits and were led by Blake Seaton who went 3-4 with 2 singles and a double.  Caden Williams went 2-3 with a double and a home run, Kiki Menendez went 2-4 with a single and a double, Luis Roman 1-3 with a double, Dylan Measells went 1-3 with a double, Alex Gudac went 1-3 with a single and Garrett Crook went 1-2 with a home run.

Game 2

In this elimination game, the Texas Wesleyan Rams beat the USAO Drovers 14-9.

In this game USAO collected 18 hits and were led by Randy Ventura who went 3-5 with a single, a double and a home run.  Dillon White went 3-4 with a single and 2 double, Frankely Gonzalez went 3-5 with 3 singles, Henry Rodriguez went 3-4 with 2 singles and a double, Hayden Sloane went 2-5 with 2 singles, Alexander Cortes went 1-4 with a single, Christian Perez went 1-6 with a single, Wyatt Hull went 1-5 with a single and Kenniel Rivera went 1-5 with a single. The starting pitcher for USAO was Ruddy Estrella, who went 2 2/3 giving up 2 earned runs on 5 hits. One of the relief pitchers was Corey Korenic who went 2 1/3 giving up 3 runs on 3 hits. The second relief pitcher was Trevor Settles wh went 3 1/3 giving up 4 runs on 6 hits.

The Rams gathered 16 hits and were led by Alex Gudac who went 3-4 with 2 singles and a double.  Casey Moses went 3-6 with 2 singles and a home run, Caden Williams went 2-5 with 2 singles, Luis Roman went 1-6 with a single, Kiki Menendez went 2-5 with 2 home runs, Aiden Laurini went 2-3 with 2 singles, Dylan Measells went 2-5 with 2 singles and Julio Ibarra went 1-3 with a single.

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Randy Ventura after a home run with Coach Ross.