Baseball Roundup: LaViolette hits for cycle in win over Morton Ranch, Katy holds off Cinco

By Tyler Tyre, Sports Editor
Posted 4/13/22

Jace LaViolette was the story of the night, as the senior A&M signee hit for the cycle, going 4-4 at the plate with 6 RBIs and four runs scored.

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Baseball Roundup: LaViolette hits for cycle in win over Morton Ranch, Katy holds off Cinco

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Tompkins scored at least four runs in each of their four innings on offense as the Falcons put together a 23-0 run rule win over Morton Ranch.

Jace LaViolette was the story of the night, as the senior A&M signee hit for the cycle, going 4-4 at the plate with 6 RBIs and four runs scored.

While the offense was the story, Tompkins pitching was exceptional as well. Trevor Esparza got the win, throwing two innings and striking out three while walking one on one hit and the Tompkins pitching staff put together a two hit shutout.

Tompkins scored four runs in the first inning, with Jack Little, Adam Benavidez and Cash Russell all drove in runs while LaViolette got his easy part of he cycle, the single, out of the way. The Falcons then brought in six in the second inning, highlighted by an RBI double by LaViolette and an RBI double by Russell. LaViolette then homered in the third before coming back to the plate and hitting a triple to complete his cycle in just three innings, as Tompkins led 18-0.

The Falcons then closed things out with a bases loaded walk, bases loaded hit by pitch, an RBI single from Michael DeBattista, and a Solomon Rotberg RBI single as Tompkins waltzed to the win.

Katy holds off Cinco Ranch

Katy got out to an early lead and was able to hold on for a 4-2 win over Cinco Ranch, earning a big victory in District 19-6A play.

Lucas Moore once again was in the middle of things for the Tigers, as the junior pitcher allowed just one earned run on seven hits over 6.2 innings, while striking out seven and walking three to earn the victory.

Neither team scored in the first before the Katy offense made its presence felt in the second inning. A walk started the inning, and Cinco Ranch was able to get two quick strikeouts after that, but Cameron Stukenborg followed that up with a home run to get the Tigers on the board and Graham Laxton then came around to score on an error to make things 3-0.

Katy and Cinco traded scoreless innings from there until the top of the fifth. Parker Kidwell led off with a single for the Tigers, and after advancing to third base, Cole Kaas drove Kidwell in with a single.

Cinco fought back and tried to get back into the game. In the bottom of the sixth Ethan Muniz hit a triple to lead off the inning, and Charlie Atkinson drove him in on a single. Gavin Rutherford followed that up with another single, but Katy got a line out and a double play to escape the inning without further damage.

Then in the seventh, Muniz drove in a run on a single, trimming the lead to two. But Bryaden Powers came in and struck the last batter of the game out to secure the win and get a save.

Zach Royse took the loss for Cinco, throwing five innings and allowing three earned runs on six this while striking out and walking six as well.

Wolf leads Taylor over Mayde Creek

Blake Wolf was huge for Taylor and led the Mustangs to a 3-1 over Mayde Creek and keep the team in third place in the District 19-6A standings.

Wolf allowed just one unearned run over 5.2 innings on one hit while striking out nine and walking four to earn the win.

Mayde Creek too the lead in the second inning, when after getting two runners on Alan Elliot hit a single to drive in one.

Taylor kept pushing and eventually found its breakthrough in the fourth inning, as Jared Schaeffer hit an RBI single and Camden Champness driving in a run on a double.

Nathaniel Lopez then came around to score on an error, giving the Mustangs all the cushion they’d need.

Things remained scoreless the rest of the way, as the Mustangs came away with the win.

Paetow shuts out Jordan

Anthony Diaz wasn’t interested in letting Jordan hang around against Paetow.

The pitcher didn’t allow a single run in a complete game shutout, allowing just three hits in the game while striking out 12.

Paetow got on the board in the second inning, as Tyler Silves hit a sacrifice fly, and the Panthers doubled that lead in the third, when Brandon Campos scored on a wild pitch.

Garrett Smith hit a homerun in the fifth, making it 3-0 Paetow, before the offense really started to come alive for the Panthers in the sixth.

After three runners reached base to start the inning, Daniel Oviedo-Barelahit an RBI single followed up by a bases loaded walk and a Ashton Sweet two RBI double. Paul Gerke then came to the plate and hit an RBI single to make it 9-0 Paetow.

The Panthers then closed things out with a Prieto RBI single, a Barela bases loaded walk, Sweet sacrifice fly, Gerke RBI single and a Gabriel Velasquez RBI triple in the top of the seventh to clinch the win.

Katy ISD, sports, baseball, Jace LaViolette, Tompkins, Paetow

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