The Hornets traveled down to Corpus Christi, Texas for the annual Mira’s Sports & More Baseball Classic. The bracket that East Central was place in had teams Banquete, El Paso, the Valley and Corpus Christi.
The Hornets began action on Thursday afternoon as they would square off against the Banquete Bulldogs. Behind a strong pitching performance from sophomore Robert Anger, the Hornets would put together a six run fourth inning with key hits from juniors Steven Barrera and Nevan Smith. East Central would defeat Banquete by a final score of 9-2.
On a cold, foggy Thursday night East Central and El Paso Parkland would take the field. Junior Robert Sierra would make his first start on the mound for the Hornets, although last week at the NISD tournament he saw three relief appearances. This game didn’t take long for the Hornet bats to get going. This time the six run inning came in the second inning with key at-bats from senior Jason Mascorro, sophomore Damion Gonzales and juniors Nevan Smith, Logan Taylor and Robert Sierra. The Hornets would defeat El Paso Parkland by a final score of 11-1.
Friday afternoon the Hornets would take on PSJA North from the valley. Senior right hander Tyler Vivier would toe the rubber on a beautiful Friday afternoon. In a three run second inning junior Robert Sierra would launch his first homerun of the season over the left field wall. The Hornets had a strong defensive and offensive outing against PSJA North. The final score was 9-0 in favor of the Hornets.
Friday night, the Hornets were set to take on the Trojans from Moody high school. However, after only three batters the fog settled in and the game was called due to fog. The fog would go on to get the best of both teams, Fog – 1, CC Moody/EC – 0.
The Hornets would finish amongst the top four in the entire tournament, being the only school from outside of CCISD to do so.
The Hornets would face the Corpus Christi Veterans Memorial Eagles, a team who reached the class 5A state tournament last season. The winner of this semi-final game would go on to face to Carroll Tigers in the Championship game of the tournament. The Hornets did not have much going during the semi-final against the Eagles. For the first time this season the Hornets were shut out. With only two hits from Taylor Neil and Nevan Smith the Hornet offense was almost non-existent. The Hornets would fall 5-0 in the semi-final.
The Hornets return to action for the home opener at Bartleson Field as they host the San Marcos Rattlers to open up district play on Tuesday March 5 before playing host for the Raising Canes San Antonio Baseball Classic powered by Under Armour March 7-9. We look forward to seeing you out at the ballpark this week!
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