After tossing the game’s final pitch, Domynik Vasquez exhaled as he descended the mound and executed a fist pump.
It was a stressful final two innings for the Kerrville Major League All Stars, who nearly squandered a six-run league to Boerne. Vasquez, though, refused to wilt on the mound. With runners on second and third and only one out, Vasquez recorded two strikeouts to seal Kerrville’s 8-7 victory over Boerne during the Texas District 26 Little League Tournament at the Ingram Little League Field on Wednesday. The win avenged a 5-4 loss to Boerne during the first game of the tournament.
“I was really happy because at the end of games it all comes down to who wants to fight and stay in the game as long as it takes,” Vasquez said. “The coach (Mike O’Malley) who I play for on my select team (Kerrville Indians) says, ‘When you’re on the mound, nobody is there.’”
His coolness under pressure allowed him to pitch the final four innings, which means every other Kerrville ace will be available to pitch during Friday’s winner-takes-all championship game.
Before the final two innings, the Kerrville All-Stars were rolling, building an 8-2 lead. Noah Collins led off the second by clobbering an inside fastball over the left field wall for a home run. In the third, Robert Johnson singled to give Kerrville a 2-1 lead. In the third inning, He and Joe Zabala both scored on an error by Boerne’s third baseman to stretch the advantage to 4-1. Johnson’s two-RBI single in the fourth extended the cushion to 6-2. Darren Domingez’s sacrifice fly in the fifth plated two more runs.
And when Boerne threatened in the finally two frames, the Kerrville All Stars didn’t panic, giving themselves an opportunity to win the District championship on Friday.
“I can’t express my feelings toward these boys,” Eloy Vasqeuz said. “Them pulling together to finish the game was amazing. It was tough. That’s all I have to say about that.
“The boys were on point. The pitching was great … overall, the boys played well. All of them did great. I couldn’t be happier with the turnout.”