Big Spring Herald Weekend

Big Spring Steers drop a hard fought district game to San Angelo Lakeview

- By DUSTIN POPE Managing Editor

It was a windy, dusty day this past Thursday in San Angelo. The Big Spring Steers traveled to San Angelo to take on Lakeview in a district baseball game. It was not the ideal game conditions, with wind gusts that got up to 40 MPH. Still, none, the less the game had to be played. Going into the matchup, the Steers were coming off an awe-inspiring victory against Lubbock Estacado earlier in the week at Steer Park. The Lake View Chiefs were coming off a 12 to 4 loss to the Snyder Tigers. The wind played a part in this game, and some bad luck also played a factor as the Steers fell to Lake View 3 to 0.

The game started at noon, with the wind howling and the dust flying. The Steers had the first chance in the box. Leadoff man Braxton Sizenbach earned himself a walk. Two-hole hitter Maverick Yanez then lined out for the first out of the game. Joshua Miramontes was next up and popped out to the second baseman for the second out of the game. The inning ended when catcher Marcos Paradez grounded out. Ace pitcher Ricky Escovedo was on the bump for the Steers as the bottom of the first started. Lake View leadoff batter led off the game with a hard hit triple to left field. With a runner now on third base, the following Chief hitter did his job with a ground ball to second that allowed the runner to score, giving Lake View an early 1-0 lead. Escovedo settled down after the initial triple and got out of the inning without giving up any more damage.

Now trailing 1-0 heading into the top of the second, the Steers looked to strike right back; unfortunat­ely, the Chefs pitcher had different ideas as he pitched well, only allowing a walk in the inning and not giving up any runs leaving the score at 1-0 heading into the bottom of the second. Escovedo also settled into a grove on the mound and had control of all of his pitches, despite all the wind. As a result, he could quickly get out of the second inning, leaving the score at 1-0.

The top of the third was much like the second inning. The Steers struggled to get the bat on the ball as the Lake View pitcher struck out the side. However, Escovedo went right back to work pitching just as well as his counterpar­t in the bottom of the third. While San Angelo could get a couple of runners on in the inning, Escovedo did a great job of shutting them down to keep this a one-run game.

At the top of the fourth, the Steers were still looking for their grove, as the Lake View pitcher had been pretty good. Marcos Pardez led off the inning with a hard-hit ground ball. Unfortunat­ely, the wind just killed it, and it was a routine out. The Steers got a runner on base in this inning when Ricky Escovedo had a hard-hit single, but nothing came of it as they again shut the Steers down. With the score still 1-0, this had become a game all about pitching and defense. The Chiefs broke through in the bottom of the fourth when they could get another run across the plate to make this a 2-0 game.

As we headed into the top of the fifth inning, the Steers knew that time was running out for them to make a move. The boys battled hard in the box, squaring up a few pitches, but it wasn't their day, as they failed to score credit for the Chief pitcher. He was doing an excellent job of keeping the Steers hitters off balance. The bottom of the fifth was very similar to the bottom of the fourth. Escovedo gave up a couple of walks. Critical hitting at the correct times allowed the Chiefs to put up one more run, making this a three-run game.

Down by three and with the wind still howling and time running out, the Steers fought as hard as possible. They stepped in the box and worked good at-bats; it was just that it wasn't meant to be. The game ended 3-0.

Baseball is a funny game. One day you can be locked in, and another, you're just off; I believe this game was an off game for the boys. It happens in this game; you shake it off and get ready for the next one. This team is entirely different from last year's squad. They look like they are enjoying the game again. Even though I'm sure it was no fun playing in those conditions on Thursday, they still fought hard and never gave up.

Next up for the Steers is another district matchup as they will be on the road to take on Levelland this Saturday morning; the first pitch is scheduled for noon. The next home game for the Steers will be this coming Tuesday, Mar. 22, when they battle district rival the Snyder Tigers. The first pitch for that game will be 7 p.m. try to come on out and pack the stands and show these boys that you support them.

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 ?? Courtesy Photos ?? Top Left: Ricky Escovedo gets ready to swing at a pitch from the Lakeview pitcher. Right: Joshua Miramontes stands in the box as he readies to take a pitch in a game this Thursday in San Angelo. The Steers played hard but lost the district matchup by a final score of 3-0.
Courtesy Photos Top Left: Ricky Escovedo gets ready to swing at a pitch from the Lakeview pitcher. Right: Joshua Miramontes stands in the box as he readies to take a pitch in a game this Thursday in San Angelo. The Steers played hard but lost the district matchup by a final score of 3-0.

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