Since losing their first district game of the season to their crosstown rivals Bellville, the Sealy Tigers’ varsity baseball team have been a force in their district. The Tigers won their next three games against Columbus, Stafford and Needville with the last two coming by a margin of five runs or more.
It was a streak they hoped they could continue last Friday as Sealy took on Bellville for the final time in the regular season. Both teams went into the game vying for the top spot in the district with Columbus also in the running with a 3-2 district record.
The game was off to a good start for Sealy by scoring a run in the first inning but their fortunes largely stopped there. Bellville scored three runs in the second inning and held the lead for much of the game. Players kept making good contact throughout the game but none were landing for them and the team went hitless from the second inning to the sixth.
“Baseball is a funny sport because sometimes you can do everything right and it just doesn’t go your way which is what happened tonight,” Head Coach Dane Bennett said after the game. “We just couldn’t find that last spark to get us over the hill.”
Bennett said the players’ had good decision making and timing from the plate for the most part but couldn’t convert that to hits and runs. He also said that Hunter Anderson, who pitched most of the game, had a good game after his early struggles.
“He actually threw the ball pretty well and we leaned pretty heavily on the breaking balls and they just weren’t biting as much as we’d like but he was competing and was a spark on the mound,” Bennett said. “That’s all you can really ask for from a pitcher because if you take the second inning away, it’s a whole different game.”
Bellville added two more runs in the game to close out the win 5-2. Sealy almost rallied back in the last two innings, scoring one run in the sixth inning after loading the bases. They also put two players on base with two outs in the seventh but couldn’t capitalize.
Bennett said despite the team dealing with injuries, he doesn’t point to that as a reason for the loss.
“Every guy on this roster is capable of winning otherwise they wouldn’t be here so I know they’re good players and so do they and we can bounce back from this,” Bennett said.
The loss dropped Sealy’s record in the district to 3-2 which is still good enough to stay in competition for the district title. While that is one of the team’s goals, Bennett said their main objective is a deep playoff run later this season.
“We have a strong mentality so we’ll bounce back from this because with a team with so many seniors, we all know if we can make the playoffs, we’re going to be really capable of going deep so we need to win now to make that happen,” Bennett said.