The Calallen Wildcats dominated the Rio Grande City Rattlers Saturday afternoon in a lopsided five inning victory, 22-4.
Rattlers Alex Morin hit a single at the top of the first inning, bring in the first run of the night. It was the last lead the Rattlers saw this season.
The Wildcats put up eight runs in the bottom of the first, including a pair of two-run homers, three RBIs on a single and a one-run single.
Rattlers pitcher Victor Fuentes intentionally walked Wyatt Mathisen, loading the bases for Tanner Vandevere's high fly to centerfield for three RBIs. Wildcat Chad Vanaman followed with a one-run single. Then, Cody Neville's two-run homer was followed by a two-run homerun from Preston Dorsey.
Vanaman ground out a single in the second inning for his second RBI of the afternoon. Tate Bammert flowed with one-run off a single, then Neville hit a double for another run.
The Rattlers brought in a relief pitcher halfway through the second inning, but the first pitch was wild, bringing in Bammert. Greg Hernandez then hit a single to left field for another RBI. Tyler Neslony's base hit for one run set up Mathisen's three-run homer afterwards to bring the total to nine runs for the second inning.
The Wildcats continued their dominance in the third with a base hit by Jerry Cantu. Cantu stole second and came home on an RBI single from Jake Hoffman. Jared Reilly followed with a double to second with two men on base when Dillon Vaughn knocked a two-run single low and up the middle.
The Rattlers showed some life in the top of the fourth with Bryan Marchan hitting a one-run single and another one-run base hit by Phillip Guzman.
Calallen came back in the forth after Mikey Leal was hit by a pitch, loading the bases for Neslony's two-run single. The Wildcats held off the Rattlers in the fifth, ending the game early at 22-4.
It was the second straight blowout for the Rattlers, as Calallen had already beaten Rio Grande City 13-1 in Game One on Friday.
With Calallen pulling ahead so far after the second inning in Game Two, the third inning provided an opportunity for several players who saw limited action this season to show their skills to the playoff crowd.
"It was great, because they work so hard all season long and to give them an opportunity to swing the bat, it's special for me as a coach and it's special for them to have that chance," Calallen Head Coach Steve Chapman said.
The real test will be next week against Smithson Valley in the Class 4A Regional Semi-final round, Chapman said. The team handed the Wildcats a loss earlier this season.
"They have pitching and they have good athletes up and down the line up," Chapman said. "They can swing the bat just like we can."
Game One against Smithson Valley will be played tonight in Sinton, beginning at 7 p.m. Game Two will follow Friday at San Antonio Blossom, with the game scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m.
Game Three, if necessary, will be played 30 minutes after the conclusion of Game Two.