Senior League All-Stars advance to state
CHILDRESS — Every Big Spring Senior League All-Star picked up at least one hit and one RBI Saturday as they competed in the 15-16-year-old sectional finals, a best-of-three series against the hometown Childress All-Stars.But Big Spring only needed two games to claim the title.A 22-4 rout in Game One and a narrow, 2-1 victory in Game Two gave the seniors a sweep, as well as a state chmapionship berth in their age bracket.Several Big Spring bats came alive in the first outing, with Jeremy Cervantes going 4-5 and recording four RBI, Ryan Pearson went 3-5 with a pair of doubles and four RBI and Bryson Burt went 2-4 with two doubles and five RBI.Gary Watkins was solid on the mound, striking out six Childress batters in the five-inning run-rule affair.If the opener was all about the action at the plate, the nightcap was a pitcher's duel.Braden East sent Childress back to the dugout in one, two, three fashion for the first four innings, but the Shamrock All-Stars' pitcher was just effective against Big Spring, keeping them off the scoreboard until the fourth inning.The drought was broken when Garrett Kligora led off with a double, stole third and scored a run on a passed ball. East drew a walk, stole second, reached third on a passed ball and scored on a fielder's choice play after contact was made by Josh Gutierrez. Cervantes had the only other Big Spring hit, but it was enough to edge the host team.East fanned 11 batters and only allowed one base on balls in more than six innings.In the top of the seventh, Childress threatened to force a Game Three after a runner reached on an error to lead off the inning, then was driven home by a triple.With no outs and the tying run on third base, Kligora took over on the mound and got the next hitter to send a grounder to Williams at third. The runner broke for home, but Williams' throw to catcher Pearson was good, as Pearson was barreled over, but held his ground for the second out. Pearson's heads-up reaction led to the third out being picked off at second for the double play. The final out was a ground out to second base.Big Spring will compete in San Angelo beginning July 17 for the state title. Game times will be published upon release.