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Keller Williams rides fast start to repeat as sr. midget champs

Teams combine for rollercoaster 16-run third inning
Keller Williams Realty (KWR) and American Energy (AE) will both represent Ennis in the upcoming sr. midget district tournament, and it’s unlikely anything will catch these squads by surprise after their wild city championship series this past week.
In Friday’s decisive game three, KWR (13-3-1) pulled out to an 11-0 lead only to see AE (13-4) explode for a nine-run inning. The visitors regained their bearings, however, making the necessary plays to secure the 12-9 triumph and a second-straight E-town title. KWR out-hit AE 7-4 and committed fewer errors (4-0).
“The season has been a wild ride, but the effort of our kids – especially in practice – paid off,” said KWR coach Mike Vasquez.
“More than half our players are first-year guys in this league and four have never played baseball before. It says a lot about Taylor [Daniell], Mike [Vasquez], Ike [Coleman] and Andrew [Diesner] for gaining that state experience last year and then leading the way early until the other guys caught up.
“[AE] had eight guys back and they’re a very good, veteran team. This win is sweet because of the improvement our team has made.”
“Game two of this series was probably the best win I’ve been a part of as a coach,” said AE skipper Greg Jenkins.
“Somehow we came back to make it a game tonight and gave ourselves a chance to win at the end, which is all you can ask for. We were down 11-0 with 40 minutes left. I told the guys we could score 11 in the other half of the game and they gave it a great shot.”
Taylor Daniell had a gigantic game for KWR with a grand slam, an RBI double and a double. Ike Coleman also had a multi-hit game (RBI single, single), while Mike Vasquez (double) and Mark Carrillo (single) chipped in as well. Vasquez (2 2/3 IP, 7 ER, 3 H, 5 W, HBP, 8 S0) was dominant on the mound early as his team shot ahead, then Daniell (1 1/3 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, HBP, 3 SO) was strong at the end for the save.
Nicholas Arreola (three-RBI triple, RBI single) was outstanding for AE offensively, as Tyler Crow (single, RBI) and Trevor Galetka (single) also tallied hits. Galetka (3 IP, 4 ER, 6 H, 8 W, HBP, 7 SO) got the start on the hill and Timothy Marchbanks (1 IP, 1 ER, 1 H, 2 W, 3 SO) closed it out.
Miscues gave AE some trouble from the outset as Daniell smacked a leadoff double to right field and sped home on a throwing error. Three batters later, Coleman laid down a bunt single as he and teammate Austin Montgomery (walk) came all the way around on another throwing error. Trailing 3-0 with the bases loaded later in the inning, Galetka came up big with his third strikeout.
In the bottom of the first, Vasquez gave up a bloop single to Galetka and fanned the other three batters. With his eight strikeouts, Vasquez emerged from the game with 100 for the season. KWR started the year 0-2 before a one-hitter and a no-hitter thrown by Vasquez helped the red team turn things around.
“Mike was really on early in the game to set the tone,” the KWR coach said.
“I don’t know what happened in the third, but it’s his first year to pitch and he did his best.”
“Trevor has been a really good hitter for us this year and he also draws quite a few walks,” Jenkins said.
Daniell drew a leadoff walk in the second and later scored on Coleman’s RBI single (4-0).
Galetka easily had his best inning, however, with a strikeout, a forced groundout to second baseman Jackson Pate and then Trevor threw Coleman out at second with Pate’s help during a steal attempt.
“Ike has come a long way,” Vasquez said.
“He does what I ask and is a really good player, as well as individual.”
“Some miscues trying to get base stealers early really cost us, so it was good to see us execute right there,” Jenkins said.
Vasquez struck out the side in the bottom of the second and Carrillo got KWR off to a nice start in the third with a bunt single. Five batters later with two outs and the bases loaded, Daniell smashed a liner all the way to the left-field fence for a grand slam (8-0). KWR put three more runs on the board, highlighted by a Vasquez double and then his theft of home.
“Mark is another young guy who made strides and told me he just wanted to do what he could to get better,” Vasquez said.
“I’m big on fundamentals and bunting is important to our team. Taylor was huge tonight and brought his best for us. His grand slam ended up being the difference in the game.
“Mike knows to be aggressive on the bases and we needed every run we could get. He believed he could make it [safely] and I’m harder on Mike than anybody, but I’m proud of my son.”
Despite early singles from Crow and Arreola (RBI) in the AE third, Vasquez also notched two early strikeouts.
Walks gave him trouble from there, however, as Pate and Kaleb Trojacek notched RBIs with bases-loaded walks while Crow connected on an RBI fielder’s choice. Daniell took the mound with the bases loaded and gave up a three-RBI triple to Arreola before fanning the next batter (11-9).
“Tyler has been another real consistent hitter and he did well late in this game,” Jenkins said.
“Nick is right there with Timothy as far as all-stars from our team go. He did a fantastic job tonight.”
Marchbanks came on in relief for the KWR fourth and allowed an RBI double to Daniell before getting his third strikeout with a couple of runners on (12-9).
“We had to use most of Timothy’s innings Wednesday to make it to Friday, but he did well when we brought him in tonight,” Jenkins said.
With time expired, AE needed three runs in the bottom of the fourth. The first out came in spectacular fashion as first baseman Jacob Zambrano made a diving grab of a foul bloop. Daniell could see the finish line and he struck out two of the next three batters to clinch the championship.
“Taylor is a big-time player and he’ll be back along with six other guys, so [KWR] will come back strong next year,” Vasquez said.
“The rest of the league better look out for Taylor in 2009. I had a feeling Jacob would have to make a big play in that inning for us to win and I told him [so] before we took the field.
“He was obviously ready and he got dirty to make a great play. That’s our team – scrappy and tough to get the job done together. Our pitching will need to be better for district and good defense will also be important.”
“We got off to rough starts twice this series and had to battle back, so we have to stop those early mistakes in district,” Jenkins said.
“The guys did very well to take second in the league.”

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