The Angleton Little League Seniors and 10- to 12-year-olds hadn’t planned to already call it quits, but both teams’ tournament dreams were cut short after being eliminated over the weekend.
The Angleton Seniors, led by Nathan Etheridge, were playing their first tournament of the season while the 10- to 12-years-olds had advanced to their second tournament in Rosenberg.
Playing in El Campo, host of the District 18 Tournament that started Friday, Angleton faced the host team and fell short of expectations in only five innings, 19-9.
“Them boys were much older and played a lot better than we did, but we held our own, but it just didn’t work out for us,” Etheridge said. “I saw a lot of kids trying hard even though we had a young group. We made a lot of self-inflicting errors in one game, but these kids are talented, and with some more hard work, they are going to get better as they get older.”
Down by eight runs at one point against El Campo, the Angleton Seniors made a comeback.
“We were down 9-1 and came back to tie it up, 9-9, but I just didn’t have enough pitching,” Etheridge said. “My starter didn’t go as deep as we wanted and the way they had the pitching set up was if any pitcher pitched more than 31 pitches they had to have a day of rest. We played back-to-back games and I couldn’t use my other starters, so I had to use my relievers. We weren’t getting the strike zone we wanted and they issued a lot of walks.”
Out on a run-rule loss, Angleton returned Saturday looking to stay in the double-elimination tournament. But again, they ran into a buzz saw against Palacios, 14-4, in three innings.
“In the second game, we were within a run of getting eliminated in the second inning, but came back and scored a run and pushed it to the next inning,” Etheridge said. “But there again, our pitching just didn’t hold up to the end. They brought in another pitcher that we couldn’t hit off of and they scored that other run to end it early.”
Bay City and Palacios both made it to the championship round in that tournament.
“I was happy with the fight I saw in them,” Etheridge said. “To see them come back in that first game was good to see from a bunch of youngsters. We pushed it into the fifth inning but then they got those 10 runs, but we never quit fighting.”
Playing in the District 18 Tournament at the Seaborne Creek Regional Sports Complex, the Angleton Little League All-Stars got off to a great start by run-ruling Needville on the first day of the tournament.
But back-to-back losses in the next two games sent Angleton packing.
Angleton faced Lamar National in the winners’ bracket Friday but was knocked down, 12-3.
Looking to stay in the tournament Saturday, Angleton couldn’t get much going against Needville, which avenged that run-rule loss with a 6-1 victory.
The elimination of the two Angleton teams brings an end to Southern Brazoria County Little League.