STAFFORD – The Needville baseball team seems to have all but wrapped up a spot in the postseason, but don’t tell head coach Chris McKeller that.
“Don’t say that,” McKeller said. “We control our own destiny, but there’s nothing set in stone until that last ball game. And we have to come out firing and playing like it’s our last game.”
But if Tristan Ordeneaux and the Blue Jays keep hitting like this, Needville will be in and go pretty far in the playoffs.
Ordeneaux had two hits and five RBIs, including a grand slam, to boost the Jays to a 5-2 win over Stafford on Friday night. Ordeneaux blasted a shot down the left field line in the second inning with the bases loaded for the big hit.
He then doubled home a run in the fourth inning, scoring Kolten Heine, who singled and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt.
“Tristan hit the ball extremely well, his feet and his timing were very good,” McKeller said.
Meanwhile, Needville pitcher James Roberts was strong on the hill, holding the Spartans to only three hits in his seven innings of work. He walked four and struck out eight.
The only bit of trouble Roberts ran into came in the sixth inning, when a passing rainstorm caused the mound to get a bit muddy, and he walked two and a fielding error loaded the bases.
But Roberts got a weird double play that ended up scoring two runs. Stafford pinch hitter Mason Bly hit a single to left field that scored a run. But Ordeneaux’s throw to second was in time to tag the runner out.
Then the throw to first was offline, allowing another Spartan to score, but the throw by first baseman Dakota Palmer to third base was in time to nail Bly for the out. Roberts struck out the next batter to end the inning.
“We had some good plays in the field, making good routine plays and made some big plays,” McKeller said. “That’s something in the last couple of games that we dropped we were missing. Hopefully this will bring us back in and carrying us into hopefully, playoffs.”
The win puts Needville at 11-8-3 on the season and 4-5 in district play. The Blue Jays will face Spring Grand Oaks on the road on Tuesday at 7 p.m.