Angelina wins pitchers’ duel 2-0
SUGAR LAND, Texas – San Jacinto College (South Zone No. 1 seed) came up short in a well-pitched, tight pitchers’ duel that ended in a 2-0 loss to Angelina College (East Zone No. 2 seed) in the second round of the Region XIV Tournament, played Saturday, May 9 at Constellation Field in Sugar Land.
San Jac’s starting pitcher, sophomore southpaw Aaron Ford (Klein / Klein High School), tossed a gem, hurling 7.3 innings, allowing 1 earned run on 3 hits, with 10 strikeouts, and 2 walks. Unfortunately, Angelina’s starter, sophomore lefty John King, was even more dominating, pitching a complete-game shutout, striking out 3, giving up 3 walks, and allowing 3 hits. King’s tricky changeup and curves had San Jac hitters hitting into mostly weak infield grounders for easy outs. King had the most wins and the most complete games for Angelina during the regular season, with a 6-5 record (6 complete games).
San Jac Head Coach Tom Arrington had mixed emotions about the outcome. “It was a tough loss, because we wanted to maintain our goal of staying in the winners’ bracket, which is the desired path to win the tournament and advance to the JUCO World Series,” he commented. “We got a great pitching performance from Aaron Ford, but we just could not put together timely hits. We got runners over to third base more than once, but just could not advance a runner home.”
There were a few bright spots on offense for San Jac. Sophomore left fielder Walker Pennington (Houston / Memorial High School) went 2 for 4 with 1 stolen base. Freshman right fielder Kyle Barfield (College Station / A&M Consolidated High School) went 1 for 3 with a triple.
Despite the loss, San Jac’s playoff hopes are still alive in the double-elimination tournament. San Jac will next face Alvin Community College, the South Zone No. 2 seed, in the third round of the tournament on Sunday, May 10 at 1 p.m. For information about San Jacinto College baseball, please visit sanjacsports.com
About San Jacinto College
Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, for more than 50 years. As an Achieving the Dream Leader College, San Jacinto College is committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of approximately 30,000 credit students. The College offers 186 degrees and certificates, with 46 technical programs and a university transfer division. Students benefit from a support system that maps out a pathway for success, and job training programs that are renowned for meeting the needs of growing industries in the region. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $690 million each year to the Texas workforce.