Mineral Wells Index, Mineral Wells, TX

May 17, 2013

Stakes high

Santo Wildcats take on No. 3 Bosqueville in regional quarterfinals


Mineral Wells Index

— By TONY EIERDAM

After winning District 10-A outright and sweeping an area championship series, the Santo Wildcats baseball team will have its toughest task of the season when they face state-ranked No. 3 Bosqueville in a best-of-three regional quarterfinals series.

All of the games will be played at Granbury High School.

Game one will be at 7 p.m. today, with game two at 3 p.m. Saturday. Game three, if necessary, will follow game two.

The winner of the series will advance to the Class A, Region II semifinals and take on the winner of the Trenton/Italy series.

Bosqueville earned a bye in the first round as District 12 champions, then swept Chico in an area-round series.

The Wildcats have been paced by the pitching of Christopher Hoover, who is 5-1 with an earned run average of 1.71.

He has struck 87 batters this season.

“Christopher has the ability to keep batters off balance,” Wildcats head coach Brandon Young said. “With any count he is comfortable throwing any of his pitches.”

Young said Bosqueville is ranked high mainly due to its starting pitching.

“You hear a lot about their pitching,” Young said. “I am certain they will be a very competitive team.

“Their coaching staff has done a great job.”

Bosqueville will have to contend with the hot bat of senior Zane Mauney, who has a .463 batting average and .716 slugging percentage.

Sophomore Dylan Price also has a hot stick as he is hitting .470 and is the team leader in runs batted in.

“ Zane is the backbone of our offense,” Young said. “Dylan has a great bat that can do it all. He is very consistent.”

Young said both coaches agreed to a best-of-three series.

Young declined to offer who he was going to start on the mound in the opening game today.

“To win this series I think we need to keep doing what we have been doing,” Young said. “Our kids are playing great ball right now.

“One of our strengths is mental toughness, and we feel our offseason program throughout the year prepared our kids for this season and gave them a little swagger.”

“I think if we play solid baseball we have a shot at winning, same as them.”

Young said the community and the team are excited about advancing this deep in the playoffs.

“It feels great to get this far,” he said. “I am so happy these kids get to experience this. We are a young team, but a team that is playing very well right now.

“I hope this ride continues for the kids and the community. I also want to thank our baseball parents for all of the support they have given us this year.

“We are hoping fans come by the carloads to the games.”