Truxillo pushes JPRD East to win
By By Robby Atkinson / special to The Star
Aug. 5, 2002
The entire game for Jefferson Parish came down to one big hit in the final inning to secure a 5-2 win over North Randall, Texas in an elimination game at Scaggs Field. James Truxillo delivered a huge double in the seventh inning to drive in three runs to give Jefferson the victory.
North Randall put their first run on the board in the fourth inning to take the early lead over Jefferson Parrish. Tomas Cruz had a double in the inning and later scored on a groundout by Jared Ward to give North Randall the 1-0 edge. The Texas team scratched for yet another run in the following inning to extend their lead to 2-0.
Will Gowdy reached on an error by Jefferson thirdbasemen James Truxillo and came across to score on an RBI single to center by Blaine Wieck. Tomas Cruz was in full control until the seventh inning when fireworks all of a sudden happened for the team from Jefferson Parrish.
Cruz had only allowed two hits going into the seventh inning and had five strikeouts and seemed to be untouchable. Cruz allowed a leadoff walk to Jacob Krieter to begin the final inning of play. Marc Peltier reached on an infield error to put runners at first and second for Jefferson Parrish. After reaching on a bunt, Craig Schnell stood at first and the bases were loaded with no outs. Krieter would finally score on a wildpitch by Cruz and the score was then 2-1 in favor of North Randall. Truxillo then dropped a double into the gap in rightfield to score three more runs and give Jefferson their first lead of the game at 4-2. Matt Mann followed with a single to right and gave Jefferson some insurance at 5-2. Austin Condon shut the North Randall bats down in the bottom of the seventh to eliminate North Randall.
Jefferson will now play in yet another elimination game at 4 p.m. against El Dorado. "We hope to keep the bats alive and continue to make big things happen," Moran said.