Bellville collects win at tournament

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Both the Bellville baseball and softball teams competed in tournaments last weekend although each squad came away with only one win in five-game sets.

The Brahmas hit the baseball diamond at the Lamar Tournament in Houston and opened with an 11-1 loss to Katy Paetow but bounced back to beat Fulshear 11-2 on the first day of play last Thursday.

Although Bellville fell behind 2-0 after three innings of play, the Brahma bats came to life to provide a seven-run fourth and a four-run sixth to provide some comfort room for starting pitcher Brett Heintschel who nearly went the distance.

After allowing one-run first and third innings, Heintschel racked up 15 first-pitch strikes and five strikeouts over 5.2 innings pitched where his WHIP finished at 1.41.

At the plate, Colton Peschel led the way with three hits and a walk, Colby Lange registered two hits and two RBIs, Carson Baker collected a pair of hits, an RBI and walks and Brandt Okonski registered two RBIs.

Bellville returned on Friday for a lone game against Kinkaid where the Falcons took an 8-2 decision. Saturday brought two more games for the Bulls who started things with a 6-6, time-restricted tie against Cy Ridge.

Lange, Cody Pfeffer and Tyler Fishbeck all registered two-hit games before the tie where Baker and Kannon Meissner both reached base on balls twice. Okonski provided five innings pitched where he collected 12 first-pitch strikes and two strikeouts, leading to a WHIP of 1.80.

The Brahmas closed things with a 9-3 loss to a Strake Jesuit team that finished as runners-up in District 23-6A and will compete alongside county rival and soon-to-be district foe Sealy at the La Grange Tournament this weekend.

On the softball diamond, the Brahmanettes similarly collected their lone win on the first day of competition, bouncing back from a tournament-opening loss.

Bellville’s first loss in the Weimar Tournament came to Fort Bend Dulles, 11-7, despite three hits and five RBIs from Madison Walton.

The Brahmanettes carried the positives into their next game against Van Vleck and came out on top 12-5. Daelyn Warmke outscored the Leopards herself by collecting six RBIs on top of three hits and runs to provide plenty of offensive support for starting pitcher Emma Eckelberg who scattered seven hits and five runs, only two of which were earned, over seven innings pitched to collect the win.

Also supporting the offensive explosion was a three-hit, three-run effort from Taylor Knode; a hit, three runs scored and two walks from Chloe Neumann; a pair of hits and runs scored as well as an RBI from Kayla Froebel; and a two-RBI hit from Chandler Wehring.

Columbus was the next opponent for Bellville later that Thursday afternoon and took a 9-5 decision to end the Brahmanettes’ first day a 1-3.

The final day of competition on Saturday saw a pair of Bellville losses, first to Victoria West by an 11-2 margin before Van Vleck got revenge with a late-inning rally to secure a 4-3 win.

After tying at two apiece after the first inning, neither Bellville nor Van Vleck scored until the Brahmanettes did in the top of the fifth to take a lead going into the last inning. The Leopards responded with a two-run bottom half of the inning to steal the win and spoil Eckelberg’s performance.

The pitcher went 5.1 innings and allowed five hits, four runs, two of them earned, and three walks. Offensively, Knode led the way with a hit, two runs scored and two walks and Haley Breaux collected a two-RBI hit.

Bellville is off for the rest of this week with spring break and will return to the diamond on March 17 for its district opener at La Grange.

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