The Fulshear baseball team showed resilience and strength through adversity, a rare trait for a team in only its second year of varsity play.
The character of fighting from behind has pushed the Chargers closer to its goal of reaching the state championship tournament.
Fulshear scored a run in the fifth and three more in the seventh to rally from behind to beat Bellville 8-4 in the third game of the Region IV-4A quarterfinal series on Friday night at Weimer High School.
The Brahmas won Game 1 5-2 on Wednesday, while Fulshear pulled out an 8-3 win in eight innings on Thursday.
The Chargers now advance to the regional semifinals to face either La Vernia or Hidalgo. La Vernia won the first game of the series on Friday 9-6 in eight innings. Games 2 and 3 of the series was on Saturday.
Fulshear took the lead for good in the fifth inning, as Connor Hodges hit a triple to right field to lead off the inning, and Luke Cantu brought him home with a RBI single to put the Chargers up 5-4.
They added three more runs in the seventh as Jacob Shamban hit a two-RBI double to centerfield that scored Wyatt Radcliff and Dylan Theut. Then after a hit-by-pitch and a forceout at third base, Cantu ripped a RBI single to right, bringing home Mason Shockey.
Josh Hayes walked three batters in the bottom of the seventh to make things a bit nervous for the Chargers, but he got two big strikeouts and forced a groundball to Cantu at third base to get a forceout there to end the game.
Despite giving up four runs in 5.1 innings pitched, Travis Long picked up the win after settling down after a tough first three innings. He gave up four hits while walking two and striking out one.
After Bellville scored on an error in the first inning, Fulshear answered in the second with Hodges scoring on a Brahma error, followed by a RBI single by Radcliff that scored Cantu that made it 3-1.
Bellville (14-10) went back ahead in the third inning, as an error and a RBI double by Kevin Black tied the game, then Carson Baker singled home Black to make it 4-3. The Chargers got out of the inning by throwing out Grayson Mays at third base.
The Chargers pounded out 14 hits in the game, as Cantu went 3-for-4 with two RBIs and a run scored. Radcliff also had three hits, while Hodges went 3-for-4 with two runs scored.
Shamban had two hits and two RBIs.
Hayes went 2.1 innings to pick up the save, walking four but giving up no hits with two strikeouts.