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Pony 14-year-old all-stars rocked by Baytown 16-3

June 30, 2018

CLEAR LAKE - First-game defeats, even in double elimination tournaments, is never good news.

That’s why Deer Park’s Pony 14-year-old all-stars could use some good news right about now because the club was trounced by the Baytown all-stars 16-3 in the annual Pony 14 Section Tournament at Bay Area Park Friday night.

Deer Park now sits one defeat away from elimination in not only the seven-team tournament but their season as well. The team must piece together a two-game winning streak this weekend in order to keep their season alive.

The top three teams advance to the next round.

Deer Park will likely oppose NASA-Green Saturday afternoon at 1 in an elimination game. NASA-Green was getting trounced itself by League City White in Friday night’s late game.

Baytown scored five in the first, five in the second and five in the fourth to end the suspense on this one in a hurry.

The first seven Baytown batters reached base in the home half of the first frame. Of those seven, five reached on singles, the other two on doubles.

Albino Saenz connected for a two-RBI single and Isaias Cuevas doubled home a run, while a shortstop’s error scored the first run and set up others.

Thomas Pantoja, the winning pitcher, drove in the final run.

In the second inning, Baytown batted through the lineup again. Cuevas upped his RBI count to three with a two-RBI double to left field and Alec Munoz singled home Cuevas.

During Baytown’s five-run fourth, Andrew Estrada knocked in two with a single, giving Baytown’s leadoff man a 2-for-4 night.

Deer Park’s lone highlight on the offensive side was Nick Gonzalez going 3-for-3 with a double and two singles. His double was off the fence, to the right of the 300-foot sign. He returned in the fifth and drove in Deer Park’s final run.

Gavin Howard, who pitched the majority of the game but didn’t take the loss, came up with a diving catch near the first-base foul line to end the long first inning.