On an extremely windy day at Picker Field, the Robstown Cottonpickers held onto a close one in come-from-behind fashion against the San Antonio Burbank Bulldogs, 4-3 Saturday.
Tied at 3-3, Cottonpicker pinch runner Steven Charles was at second base in the bottom of the fifth inning.
Bulldog starting pitcher Jimmy Cuellar faced designated hitter Manuel Rodriguez, whose RBI-single brought in Charles along with the winning run.
Pitcher Chris Contreras pitched a complete game for Robstown giving up five hits and striking out seven batters.
"I felt good about my performance today," Contreras said. "We made a few fielding errors, but I'm glad our team's defense pulled together at the end."
With the score tied 1-1, Burbank stepped up to the plate in the top of the third inning.
Second baseman John Hernandez was at second base for centerfielder Aaron Alejandro, who hit an RBI-single, giving the Bulldogs a 2-1 advantage.
Alejandro advanced to third base after a failed pick-off attempt from Contreras to first baseman Michael Velasquez went all the way to left field.
Contreras' struggles continued with shortstop Esteban Reygoza at bat. Contreras struck him out, but the ball passed catcher David Rodriguez, allowing Alejandro to score for Burbank.
Robstown was able to even the game up, 3-3 after the Bulldogs made back-to-back fielding errors to start the bottom of the fourth inning.
After second baseman Joshua Rivera perfectly executed his sacrifice bunt, runners moved to second and third base with one out.
Left fielder Smiley Gonzalez put the Cottonpickers back in the hunt after hitting a 2-run RBI single.
The top of the fifth put Contreras in a jam with the bases loaded and one out for Burbank.
Cuellar hit a ground ball to Robstown shortstop Ruben Elizondo, who opted for the force out at home instead of going for the double play.
With the bases still juiced and two outs, Contreras faced pinch-hitter Esteban Contreras.
On a full count, Chris Contreras caught the inside of the plate, striking Esteban Contreras out and keeping the game tied, 3-3.
"When the bases are loaded, I try to focus on the batter I'm facing," Chris Contreras said. "I have to do what I can to support the infield."
Robstown's last non-district game of the season will be against the Gregory-Portland Wildcats, tonight night at 7 before Robstown faces the Calallen Wildcats in their district opener Tuesday night. Both games will be played at home.