After a tough week that saw its district championship hopes dashed, the Foster baseball team tried to regroup and finish the regular season strong in preparation for the playoffs.
The Falcons shook off a tough loss to Angleton last week and took out their frustrations out on Terry, amassing 12 hits in an 8-1 win at home on Tuesday night.
“(Angleton) left a bad taste in our mouths last week, and we were working on getting better approaches at the plate, and look what we did tonight,” Foster head coach Mick Tosch said.
“We were a bit uptight last week and we came in nice and relaxed tonight. And it showed. It was nice.”
Big hits by Reece Burke and Bryson Harrell drove in runs, while pitcher Jacob Flores held the Rangers to only one hit and struck out five. He also got three hits and scored a run.
Foster got going in the second inning, as Chance Van Cleave and Sean Kelly got singles off of Terry pitcher Isaiah Garcia. With the runners on the corners, Bryson Harrell blasted a ball over the left fielder’s head, allowing both Van Cleave and Kelly to score for a 2-0 Falcon lead.
The next inning, Foster broke out for a four-run inning, as Zach Schroeder singled with the bases loaded, and an error in the outfield allowed three runs to score. Schroeder scored on a RBI hit by Kelly to made the score 6-0 after three.
Terry got on the board in the next inning, as Colby McDaniel beat out a double-play attempt by Foster, allowing Daniel Perez to score.
But the Falcons added two more runs in the bottom of the fourth as Flores and Joseph Guerra scored on a hit by Reece Burke.
The Rangers only threatened one last time in the sixth, as an error, single and a walk loaded the bases with two outs. But Dylan Garcia grounded to third baseman Audin Sanchez, who went to third base to record the out to get Flores out of the jam.
“We had our chances, but we didn’t knock them in,” Terry head coach Jeremy Arterburn said.
Reliever Brandon Naviar came on in the seventh and struck out the side to seal the win for Foster.
Garcia pitched well for the Rangers despite the loss, giving up five earned runs on 12 hits, walking one while striking out four.
The win keeps Foster in second place in District 24-5A with a record of 13-2 and 15-7 overall, one game behind first-place Angleton. Terry falls to 11-11 overall and 8-7 in district play. The Rangers were eliminated from playoff contention with the loss and Manvel’s win over Hightower.
“Our future is really bright,” Arterburn said. “We have four sophomores starting and we lost 20 games last year, and we’re 11-11 this year. It’s a big turnaround for us.”
Both teams will meet again on Friday at Terry to end the regular season, with first pitch at 7 p.m.