BANGS — The Santa Anna Mountaineers’ bid for the Texas Teen-Age Baseball 9U state championship ended Thursday evening with a 12-1 loss to the Colorado City Astros in elimination action at the Bangs Sports Complex.
Santa Anna opened tournament play with a 16-9 loss to the Bosqueville Heat, rebounded with a 13-6 victory over the Bosqueville Bombers, and followed that up with a 12-2 triumph over the Ballinger Bombers.
In Thursday’s contest, Santa Anna surrendered three runs in the top of the first inning, five in the second, two in the fourth and two more in the sixth inning.
Santa Anna scored its only run in the bottom of the first as Brandon Craig reached on a one-out infield single and later crossed the plate on an RBI ground out by Travis Craig.
Devan Ray started on the mound for the Mountaineers and pitched the first three innings, striking out four batters and walking six. Bruce Brown worked the final two innings and fanned five batters with two walks.
Colorado City’s first inning featured a pair of walks by Johnathan Sanford and Jadis Cato, followed by a two-RBI double to left-center field from Joseph Martinez. Jordan Garza chipped in an RBI ground out that scored Martinez.
The Astros stretched their lead to 8-1 in the second as Ryland Senter and Khaleel Mohammed walked in front of a two-RBI double by Sanford. Cato then reached on an error that allowed Sanford to score. Martinez then doubled, and both Martinez and Cato scored on an errant pickoff attempt at third base.
Colorado City tacked on two more runs in the fourth as Sanford singled and scored on a wild pitch during Cato’s at-bat. Later, Martinez was hit by a pitch and scored when a tag was missed on a rundown between third base and home plate.
The final two runs for the Astros scored in the fifth on a two-RBI double by Sanford, which plated Nicholas Ornelas and Senter, who both walked.
Sanford went the distance on the mound for Colorado City and recorded 10 strikeouts with three walks.
In other action Thursday, Cross Plains fell to Presidio, 6-5. Cross Plains must defeat Colorado City at 6 p.m. to advance to tonight’s championship game and face Presidio again. Cross Plains knocked off Colorado City, 2-1, on Wednesday.