Rodriguez' two-run, walk-off single sends Elite to 11-0.
By J. LEVI BURNFIN
By J. LEVI BURNFIN
Heading into the bottom of the seventh and final inning of Wednesday's nightcap against Hugoton, Garden City Elite coach Lyle Befort gathered his team and had one simple question to ask them.
"How bad do you guys want it?" Befort, in a telephone interview after the doubleheader, remembered asking his legion baseball team at the time when they were trailing 6-5 heading into the final inning.
The response to Befort's question was also simple — the Elite wanted to stay perfect.
With Jacob Rivas at third and Thomas Solorio at second base, Isaiah Rodriguez clubbed a single to center field, scoring Rivas and Solorio for the walk-off victory, moving the Elite to 11-0.
"It was a good one," an exhilerated Befort said. "I'm glad we came out on top."
Solorio picked up the win in relief.
Rodriguez finished with the two RBIs on 2 for 3 at the plate. Edgar Montoya and Daven Acker each had a double, with Acker also getting two RBIs on 2 for 3.
Wednesday's twin bill opener was far from as dramatic, with the Elite routing Hugoton 10-2 in a run-rule shortened five-inning game.
The Elite scored two in the third, three in the fourth and four in the fifth to salt the game away.
Mario Montoya received the win with a complete game effort, striking out five and giving up just three hits. Solorio led the offense with three RBIs. Jesse Ruiz and Edgar Montoya had two RBIs each.
Befort's squad is back in action Friday, when they travel to Pueblo, Colo., for a three-day weekend tournament. Game times are to be determined.
Hugoton 000 11 -- 2 3 3
Garden City 102 34 -- 10 10 2
Davis, Kerbow(5). Montoya. W--Montoya. L--Davis. 2B--Garden City, Zapata, Rivas 2.
Hugoton 010 302 0 -- 6 9 1
Garden City 200 120 2 -- 7 8 5
Frederick. Flores, Montoya(5) and Solorio(6). W--Soloria. L--Frederick. 2B--Hugoton, Sutton, Kerbow; Garden City, Monotoya, Acker.
On Tuesday night at Clint Lightner Stadium, the Elite put together another doubleheader sweep, this time of visiting Holcomb. Befort's squad won games of 5-1 and 12-4 to go to 9-0.
Acker and Edgar Montoya received the wins to both go to 3-0 on the young season, as both pitchers went the distance in the lopsided wins.
The Elite racked up 24 hits over the two games, including eight extra-base hits.
The games were played in Garden City, instead of the originally scheduled doublheader in Holcomb, due to umpire scheduling conflicts.
Holcomb 000 001 0 -- 1 4 1
Garden City 000 113 x -- 5 8 2
Baker and Leverett. E Montoya and Solorio. W--Montoya (3-0). L--Baker. 2B--Garden City, E Montoya (1).
Holcomb 110 011 -- 4 5 1
Garden City 215 004 -- 12 16 3
Leverett, Martons(5) and Baker. Acker and DeHerrerra. W--Acker (3-0). L--Leverett. 2B--Holcomb, Lower; Garden City, Rodriguez 3 (4), Zapata (3), Solorio 2 (4), Cook (1). 3B--Holcomb, Rupp; Garden City, Zapata (1).