MADISONVILLE, TEXAS -- The Bryan Harvey Major Girls took a pair of games from La Grange on Monday to claim the Texas East Section 1 Tournament title. Harvey opened the night with a 9-3 victory then clinched the championship with a 15-7 victory in the nightcap.
Harvey, which lost its tournament opener to La Grange,battled back to win four straight games and punch its ticket to the Texas East State Tournament this weekend in Seguin. Harvey will open play at 6 p.m. Friday against Section 4 champion Ingleside at Max Starcke Park.
Harvey was the beneficiary of two outstanding pitching performances, as Faith Fernandez went the distance in the first game and Nic Goggin turned in 5 1/3 solid innings in relief to pick up the victory in the second game.
Fernandez allowed eight hits and two earned runs while striking out three, while Goggin allowed just four hits and one earned run while striking out five.
Both pitchers got plenty of offensive support as Harvey erupted for 24 hits in the two games.
Julia Rubino accounted for two hits in the first game,including a two-run triple that was part of a six-run fifth inning that broke a 2-2 tie and put Harvey ahead for good. Addie Wright also had two hits in the first game and drove in a run, while Bre Warren, Fernandez, Mariya Reyes, Goggin and Angel Cumpian each added one hit. Cumpian also drove in two runs.
In the second game, Hannah Schnettler and Fernandez each went 3-for-4 and drove in three run apiece. Schnettler and Reyes had back-to-back triples in the bottom of the first inning to get Harvey on the scoreboard after it found itself trailing, 4-0.
Harvey took the lead with a five-run second inning that started with back-to-back singles from Rubino and Goggin. Wright moved them up a base with a groundout before Cumpian singled up the middle to score both runners. Warren singled and took second on the throw, and Jade Chavarria followed with a RBI groundout to plate Cumpian. Harvey added two more runs in the inning on an RBI triple by Fernandez and an RBI single from Schnettler.
Leah Snelgrove picked up an RBI in the third with a groundout that plated Goggin who had reached on a fielder’s choice to put Harvey up 8-5.
La Grange got a run back in the fourth, but Harvey added two in the fourth and five in the fifth to pull away.
In the fourth Chavarria walked and scored on a Fernandez double, and Fernandez scored later in the inning on a passed ball.
The fifth featured RBI hits from Chavarria, Fernandez and Schnettler and a two-run double from Reyes to round out the Harvey Scoring.
Defensively, Rubino and Wright had a good night in the outfield with Wright making a sliding grab to take away a hit. First baseman Schnettler also had a sliding catch of a pop up in foul territory and third baseman Warren made several nice plays as did Fernandez and Goggin from the pitcher's circle.