The Blanco High School baseball team won six games to capture 1st place in the Blanco County Tournament held Thursday March 12 through Saturday March 14.
The Panthers posted their first win on Thursday, March 12 defeating the Lampasas Badgers 3-2. Pitcher Jake Breeding picked up the win in relief of Ty Preiss. Preiss went 6 strong innings, striking out 6 and scattering 6 hits. CJ Lovalvo batted 2 for 3 with 2 rbi. Kyle Gray and Ryan Ronces each hit singles. Gray had 2 stolen bases.
In the next round, Blanco beat the Jourdanton Indians 7-1. Breeding was the winning pitcher for the Panthers going 3 innings. Ty Royce and Logan Dodd had some mound time as well. Cross Caldwell was 2 for 2 with one rbi. Breeding went 2 for 3, with Lovalvo going 1 for 2 with 2 rbi. Dodd posted strong offensive stats hitting 1 for 2, with 2 runs scored, a rbi, and 2 stolen bases.
In the third round, Blanco won a close game over San Antonio Feast, 3-2. Gray pitched for the win in relief. Gray hit 3 for 4 with 2 rbi. Dodd was 2 for 3. Lovalvo hit a walk-off double to win the game in the the seventh inning.
On Saturday morning, the Panthers delivered a 12-0 shutout over the Nixon-Smiley Mustangs. Lovalvo, Ronces, and Jordon Wagner combined time on the mound on the 1 hit shutout. Lovalvo picked up his first career win. Preiss hit 2 for 4 with 3 rbi, Gray went 2 for 2 with 2 rbi, and Wagner was 2 for 4 with 2 rbi.
In the semi-final game Blanco tied 3-3 with the Lytle Pirates. Blanco advanced on a tiebreaker determined by the number of runners reaching 3rd base on each team. Dodd, Gray, Breeding, Royce, Ronces, and Wagner all singled.
In the championship game, Blanco defeated the San Antonio St. Anthony Yellowjackets 3-2. Royce and Dodd went 3 innings each scattering 6 hits. Gray picked up the win in the last inning facing 4 batters and striking out 3. Royce hit 2 for 3 with 1 rbi. Caldwell smashed a solo home run to put the Panthers up 3-2 in the sixth inning. Wagner, Lovalvo, and Dodd all hit singles.
All-Tournament awards for Blanco went to Wagner, Lovalvo, and Dodd. Gray was named tournament MVP.
Coach Bryan Wyatt would like to thank the concession stand volunteers and Chicken Express for their help in making the tournament a success!