Santa Fe broke loose with four runs in the top of the 10th to send the Manvel Mavericks to a tough 9-6 extra inning and season-ending defeat to complete a sweep in the best-of-three 5A Area Round Baseball Playoff series Saturday night at Barbers Hill High School.
Manvel closes the season at 15-15 overall, while the Indians advance to face Barbers Hill in the regional quarterfinals later this week. The defeat also spoiled an impressive comeback by the Mavericks, who overcame a 5-0 Santa Fe lead with four runs in the fifth inning and one in the sixth.
Ladarius Owens smacked a bases-loaded double to highlight the four-run fifth for Manvel and Jackson Sweeney delivered an RBI single to tie it at 5-5 in the sixth. Sweeney had three hits for the Mavs in the contest.
The Indians totally dominated the series opener on Friday with Rome Shubert firing a one-hitter in a 15-0 game one triumph. Santa Fe blew the game open with six runs in both the third and fourth innings.
Isaiah Walker had the lone hit for Manvel. Shubert also had a big evening at the plate by going 2-for-4 with four RBI’s.
In other area baseball playoff action, the Shadow Creek Sharks also saw their season come to a close with 4-0 and 3-2 defeats on Friday at Port Neches- Groves in the-best-of-three 5A area playoff series.
The Indians rolled in the opener behind Grant Rogers’ four hitter and RBI’s by Khristian Curtis, Ryan Sosa and Reece Mancera. Braylon Shoaf had a pair of hits for the Sharks.
Shadow Creek then dropped a 12-inning heartbreaker to PNG in game two with Mancera delivering a two-out walk-off single to center field.
Aidan Griggsby drove in both SC tallies with RBI singles in the second and third frames. Griggsby, who went 3-for-4 at the plate overall, also shined on the mound, allowing only two runs and two walks with four strikeouts in seven innings of work. The teams combined to leave 23 runners on base before Mancera’s game-winning hit.
Competing in the playoffs for the first time history, the Sharks end the 2019 campaign at 19-10-1.