Written by Luciano Guerra Tuesday, 29 May 2012 09:28
In what Head Coach Bart Bickerton expected to be a rebuilding year for his young team, the Sharyland Rattlers overachieved their way to the class 5A regional semifinal round this past weekend against the #2 ranked Tigers from Corpus Christi Carroll. However, after winning 27 games in a row and compiling a 31-3 record this season, the Rattlers fell short against the Tigers despite stellar pitching performances by Eric Gutierrez on Friday and Tres Barrera on Saturday.
Gutierrez, who gave up only one hit in six innings on Friday, had a no hitter going into the fifth inning against the Tigers when he found himself facing a bases loaded with one out situation as a result of three walks, one of which was intentional. That was when Carroll got what turned out to be their only hit of the game with a single to right-center field that brought in two runs. An errant throw home allowed the third run to score and allowed the base runner, who would later score on a wild pitch, to advance to third.
With two outs in the top of the seventh, Sharyland’s Mario Vela broke up Carroll pitcher O’shea Dumes’ no-hitter when he reached base on a single. However, it was too little too late for the Rattlers as they failed to mount a rally and lost game one of the best-of-three series, 4-0.