CORPUS CHRISTI — The Banquete Bulldogs' miracle season — the baseball program's finest season in school history — got even better on balmy Friday afternoon in Whataburger Field in Corpus Christi.
That's because the Bulldogs again stunned local rival Bishop to complete a series sweep on the Class 3A, Region IV finals and earn a spot in the UIL state tournament. Banquete won Game 2 of the series, 3-1, Friday afternoon on the Corpus Christi Hooks homefield.
The Bulldogs controlled Friday's game by scoring two runs in the fourth and another in the fifth. Banquete's Anthony Gomez earned the victory, pitching the complete game.
Banquete improved to 24-7-3 will be making its first appearance at the Class 3A state tournament and will play an undetermined opponent on Wednesday in a 3A state semifinal at Dell Diamond in Round Rock. The UIL won't reveal the tournament pairings until Sunday.
Banquete, which lost to Bishop twice this season, finished the season at 30-9, which was the most wins in school history.
A year ago, Banquete won the district title but Bishop moved on to the state tournament. This year, the roles were reversed.