Buffs Outrun Boerne in 2
Giddings defeated Boerne 4-1 on Friday afternoon and 3-1 Saturday afternoon to earn their second trip to the state baseball tourney in two years. Trey Masek and the Marlow boys, Ty and Brooks, led the Buffs to the wins. The Boerne Greyhounds were a good baseball team. The Buffs were just better at the critical moments in the games.
Game 1 Friday at Concordia’s beautiful new all polyturf field. (The only dirt on the entire surface is the pitchers mound.)
Giddings fell behind early as Boerne scored in the bottom of the first inning after holding the Buffs scoreless. Masek hit the lead off hitter with his first pitch. After he was moved to second the Greyhound scored on a single giving Boerne a 1-0 lead. Giddings rallied to load the bases with two outs in the top of the second. This was done with the bottom of the batting order.
Number nine hitter, Eric Escalante, worked a walk to force in the tying run. Number seven hitter Lance Krause blasted a stand up triple with one out in the sixth inning. Vinson Gonzales laid down a perfect bunt on a two-strike pitch to score Krause with what proved to be the winning run. The Boerne pitcher made an error on the play allowing Gonzales first base. Giddings added two more runs in the top of the seventh inning as Phillip Fritsche delivered a two-run single
Masek was more than up to the challenge Boerne presented. After the first inning run, the Greyhounds only got two more singles and struck out 10 for his 13th win of the season against no defeats.
Giddings feels that anyone in the lineup can deliver the needed hit at anytime in the game.
Game 2 Saturday- This time Giddings put the pressure on Boerne from the start.
After Ty Marlow had zeroed Boerne in the top of the first Giddings scored in the bottom of the first inning. Brooks Marlow on single to take a pressure packed one-run lead. Boerne quickly answered with a timely hit, a Giddings error on a play at third base and the game was tied. Giddings had some good plays defensively to keep the score tied. In the second Brooks Marlow caught a line drive and dove at the returning runner trying for the double play. Brooks was just a half second late with the outstanding effort. Masek came to the plate in the bottom of the second after the lower end of the batting order had loaded the bases with one out. Masek took a mighty swing at a Boerne offering. The ball rolled slowly toward third base with the Giddings baserunner breaking on contact. The only play the Boerne third baseman had was to throw out Masek at first base. Masek had accomplished his mission, driving in the game winning hit as the Buffs took a 2-1 lead.
Boerne continued to have chances to make positive things happen but could not get the necessary hit as Ty Marlow’s pitching continually denied them. In the third inning with runner on first and third, Brooks Marlow caught a line drive and doubled a Boerne runner off first base. Ty Marlow then took control of the game for the next three and onethird innings. The Greyhounds went 1-2-3 in the fourth, fifth, and sixth innings. Vinson Gonzales made a great play on a deep fly ball in the fifth inning. In the sixth inning, Marlow was tiring, but got the first out on a line drive snagged by Masek at second base. This energized Ty to strike out the next two batters.
Brooks Marlow gave big brother a little breathing room in the bottom of the sixth; he smoked a Boerne pitch over the right field for a home run and a 3-1 lead. The run gave Giddings a little bit of breathing room heading into the seventh inning. The lead off hitter hit another fly to left field that Gonzales bagged easily. Then the theatrics got going. A walk and a single put runners on first and second. Coach Marlow made a pitching change, bringing in first game winner Masek with two on an one out. Masek got his first hitter to strike out, but a walk to the second loaded the bases with two out. A grounder to Brooks at second, who tossed it to Mason Becker at first for the game winning out and Giddings is headed to the State Baseball tourney for the second year in a row.
Ty Marlow got the win and Masek the save in this game. The two have been leading the team all season long. It has been a great season thus far as Giddings is 29- 2-1 for the season. They have played some tough teams along the way with perennial power LaGrange and an outstanding Bellville team in their district.