Game 4 - August 12, 2016
Shelby, NC - San Mateo took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second when Ramon Enriquez walked, moved to third on a single and bunt, and then came home on Jordan Brandenburgís groundout.
But two innings later Texarkana struck back. Blake Hall singled, and catcher Will Smith followed with a shot that just cleared the left-field fence.
Post 82 appeared to be staging a rally, loading the bases with no outs in the top of the fourth. But Texarkana starting pitcher Austin Cross struck out the next batter and then coaxed a fly ball to left field that Cole Boyd field cleanly and fired home. Smith took the throw and relayed it to second baseman Nick Myers to double up the runner for the third out.
But one inning later Post 82 was back in business. Ricardo Barraza doubled with one out, moved to second on a grounder and then came home on Angelo Bortolinís single, tying the game at 2.
Texarkana saw an opportunity slip away in the bottom of the eighth when a baserunner got caught in a rundown between third and home with one out.
San Mateo didnít waste its chance in the top of the ninth. A single, error and hit batter loaded the bases. Tyler Villaroman was then hit, bringing home pinch runner Mitchell DeMartini. Bortolinís deep fly ball to center field brought home Nick Knecht for an insurance run.
Texarkana had another chance in the bottom of the ninth, putting runners on first and second to lead off the inning. But another base-running error took out the lead runner, and San Mateo reliever Felix Aberouette got the final two outs to close out the win.
Spencer Stewart started for Post 82 and pitched well, allowing six hits and two earned runs in seven innings. Austin Cross was also solid for Texarkana, allowing two earned runs and seven hits over eight innings.