High School Baseball: Robstown holds off Alice in regular season finale

Rey Castillo
Alice Echo News Journal

HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL

DISTRICT 31-4A

ROBSTOWN 3, ALICE 1

What this game means: Robstown moved from fourth to a tie for second place with Alice and Tuloso-Midway after Tuesday's win. The Cotton Pickers wrap up the regular season at 9-18 overall and 6-4 in 31-4A. Alice will enter the postseason at 13-14 and 6-4 in league play. Coaches will meet Wednesday to determine playoff seeding by either flip or round-robin. Both teams will open the playoffs against an opponent from District 32-4A.

Tuesday's highlights: Robstown struck first in the first inning on an RBI single by Justin Morales to score Chris Soliz, who walked. Alice tied the game in the second after Matthew Molina singled and Adan Moreno scored from first on an error by the Pickers. Alice pitcher Isai Campos retired the next six batters before Robstown added two more runs on a throwing error by the Coyotes in the fifth inning. Morales retired eight of the next nine Alice batters to secure the win.

Alice faces Robstown in a baseball game, Tuesday, April 27, 2021, at Alice High School. Robstown won, 3-1.

Tuesday's stars: Morales pitched seven innings, allowing three hits and struck out seven for the Pickers. Morales also knocked in the game's first run in the first inning. Campos allowed two hits and three runs (one earned) and struck out six. Robstown freshman shortstop Rogue Serrano showed off his glove by helping turn two double plays –– including a leaping catch to double up Alice in the sixth. Rj Carrillo, Matthew Molina and Tristan Resendez all singled for the Coyotes. 

Robstown coach Eric Gonzalez on ending the regular season with a win: "It feels great. The guys competed well today. They knew going in we had to try and win to get a better seeding. At the end of the day, you have to beat whoever you play in the playoffs. The guys showed up today and our starting pitcher Justin Morales did a fantastic job, and I'm proud of the way the guys played." 

Robstown pitcher Justin Morales on gaining momentum for the playoffs: "It feels good with it being my last (regular season) game of my senior year. I'm glad I was able to pitch this game. It means everything because we practice three to four hours a day on defense, and today it showed up."

Alice coach Nick Alvarado on looking towards the postseason: "It was definitely a playoff atmosphere. I think they (Robstown) came out extremely energetic and were in every pitch of the entire ball game... You can't give a team that's hungry like that extra outs. That's going to be the deciding factor in a game like that. We live to fight another day, and we have to learn from this and get better."

Next: Robstown vs. TBD in a 4A bi-district game. Alice vs. TBD in a 4A bi-district game.