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Youth baseball: Hart team loses opener

Missed chances hurt Hart Mustang

Posted: August 26, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: August 26, 2011 1:55 a.m.
 

Part of the reason the William S. Hart PONY League Mustang All-Stars reached the 2011 10U National Youth Baseball Championships in Memphis, Tenn., was their offense.

During Thursday’s opener at nationals, they couldn’t find that offense when it counted most.

Hart Mustang lost to Team Miami (AAU) 6-5 and stranded seven total baserunners in doing so, including three in the third inning after loading the bases with no outs.

“That hurt,” said Hart Mustang head coach Roland De La Maza. “Defensively, we made some mistakes. We had some passed balls, wild pitches that cost us some runs.”

Hart Mustang gave up two runs via wild pitches, one run via a passed ball and one run due to an error. Those represented the last four runs scored by Team Miami, and they turned out to be the runs that won the game.

In the bottom of the sixth and final inning, Weston Eget scored for Hart Mustang on an error and Mason Todd scored on a double steal to cut the lead to 6-5.

But a flyout and a putout for Team Miami ended the game.

This was Hart Mustang’s first game since winning the Mustang World Series by beating Puerto Rico-based Villa Nueva 7-2 on Aug. 6 in Burleson, Texas.

“For having a couple weeks off, I think we did a good job against a really good team,” De La Maza said.

Catcher and cleanup hitter Shane Hubbard had two hits for Hart Mustang, the only local with multiple hits in the game. Leadoff hitter and starting pitcher Alex Burge went 1-for-3 with two runs, while Eget, outfielder Zach Beliveau and infielder Nick Balingit each had an RBI.

Burge went two innings and gave up two runs on two hits, while Jonathan Polanco took the loss, going three innings and giving up two earned runs on four hits with two strikeouts.

Hart Mustang plays again at 9 a.m. local time today against West Seminole of Florida, which beat Banditos of Texas 6-5 in Thursday’s opener.

“We’ll be ready to go,” De La Maza said. “These guys are definitely focused. The most important thing is they’re having a good time here. They’re relaxed.”

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