ROSENBERG — Angleton came to Seaborne Creek Regional Sports Complex prepared Thursday as they pounded out 11 hits to run-rule Needville, 11-1, in five innings to open the District 18 10-12 Little League Tournament.
Leading the way for Angleton was the pitching of Ethan Celedon, who went the distance allowing just two hits, a walk and getting six strikeouts to get the victory off 82 pitches thrown.
“He throws hard enough along with a fast ball and a change up,” Angleton manager PJ Beaty said. “But I don’t think he threw his change up once, and when his fast ball is on, he can put it anywhere and they will have trouble with it.”
Needville certainly did after coming off an Area tournament where it scored 47 runs.
“Our pitching, we got all of our guys back, so I could have thrown anyone and our big bats were back as well so we were in a good spot,” PJ Beaty said. “Our whole lineup can hit the ball hard and they produced today.”
That happened after 2 1/2 innings with the score tied at 1-1. Angleton’s bats went to work against Needville starter Landon House by pummeling him with four consecutive hits by Ryland Brown, Braxton Beaty, Celedon and Jacob Del Hierro to open the frame. Celedon’s single to center field plated Brown to make it 2-1 and Del Hierro’s double over the center fielder brought in Beaty to make it 3-1.
With House exiting, the Needville All-Stars brought in Albie Aprea and with one out, Emilio Canchola made it 4-1 with a big shot to left field. That left runners on the corners with two outs as Aprea walked Kade Dobbs to load them up. A passed ball made it 5-1 as Aprea then walked Coby Norman to load them up again.
Back to the top of the order, Brown made it a 3-for-3 game with a single that plated two more runs to make it 7-1.
Angleton scored six runs off six hits in the bottom of the third.
“Every kid on this team can hit, so if you string hits together and keep the line moving we are going to be hard to beat,” PJ Beaty said.
One of those who keeps producing for Angleton is Brown, who went 3-for-3 at the plate with a couple of singles and a double down the first base line and two RBIs. Brown got two hits in the big six-run frame.
“Last week he was hitting No. 2 in the lineup, but I moved him up because he was almost hitting with an .800 batting average,” PJ Beaty said. “So my No. 1 guy (Braxton Beaty) moved to No. 2 because he can bunt easy and if he gets on, then we go back to the fundamentals of baseball. You rarely see runners get bunt over any more, but with us it is just basic baseball and it wins games.
“As for Ryland, he swings at strikes and puts the bat on the ball. So when you have someone throwing half way hard and you put the bat on the ball good things will happen.”
Angleton added another run in the bottom of the fourth, off a passed ball with Del Hierro scoring after walking to get on to make it 8-1.
The Angleton All-Stars ended it in the bottom of the fifth as Camden Johnson led off with a walk off Needville reliever Cedric McCintock. Johnson eventually made it to third base off a wild pitch and passed ball. He scored on another passed ball to make it 9-1.
Back-to-back walks to Braxton Beaty and Celedon placed them at second and third base with one out. Del Hierro came up to the plate and greeted Tavyn Lonis with a slow roller to first base. As the first baseman made a play at the ball and grounded out Del Hierro at first base, both Beaty and Celedon scored to end the game.
Braxton Beaty and Del Hierro each had two hits in the win as well.
Angleton will take on the winner of Lamar Consolidated or El Campo today.