Breck Juniors avoid elimination, advance to state title game
Forced into a win or go home situation, the Breckenridge Junior League All-Stars lived to fight another day Monday evening.
Breckenridge topped San Antonio 5 Diamonds by a score of 13-1 in a game that was called due to the 10-run mercy rule after five innings.
The Juniors will moved on to Tuesday’s championship game and faced Corpus Christi Padre Island.
Breckenridge’s only loss of the tournament and only loss since the start of the Little League season came at the hands of Corpus Christi Sunday morning.
The Juniors were a perfect 22-0 before that point.
Breckenridge coach Pat Escalon said the team did what they had to and took care of business Monday night.
“I told these guys that I can’t throw, hit it or catch it for you. I can put you out there, but you have to make a play,” Escalon said. “It was basically put on the kids and I told them you guys have to show up and they did.”
He said bouncing back from the loss on Sunday was a big boost for the team and showed the determination that the All-Stars have.
“That’s a testament to their mental toughness,” Escalon said. “A lot of teams would fold after a game like that, especially when they are not used to doing that. But they stuck it out, showed up and got the ‘W’ today.”
“Most importantly, the way we got it was by saving our pitching,” Escalon said. “We are set up for a two-game series tomorrow (Tuesday) If we don’t do it tomorrow, it’s not because we didn’t have the right strategy going in. We are set up, we just got to do our part and make our plays.”
In Monday’s game against 5 Diamonds, it was a 10-run third inning the put Breckenridge over the top. Prior to this point, the score was tied at 1-1.
The Juniors scored in the third inning on a passed ball, two errors, a two-run single by Jonas Arellano and a two-run single by Aaryn Medina.
Tristan Garcia was a perfect three-for-three at the plate with a double in the third inning and a single in the second and fourth innings.
Breckenridge added two runs in the fourth inning.
Arellano was one-for-three at the plate with a double and three RBIs.
Breckenridge scored its 13 runs on nine hits, while 5 Diamonds was held to just one hit and one run.
Medina pitched a hitless 1²/³ innings and had two strikeouts as the starting pitcher, while Arellano pitched 1¹/³ innings of relief and had one strikeout and allowed one unearned run. Jake Escalon pitched two complete innings and allowed one hit.