Bosqueville's baseball team survived and advanced late Friday night as the Bulldogs preserved a 17-12 victory over Riesel in Game 3 of a Class 2A regional quarterfinal best-of-three series at Waco ISD’s Veterans Field.
After a raucous, offense-filled six innings, Bosqueville relief pitchers Kolby Clark and Tanner Sepulveda struck out the side in the bottom of the seventh and the Bulldogs celebrated a series win at midnight.
Bosqueville won the series opener on Thursday night, 8-6, but Riesel bounced back to win the second game, 4-1, and forced Game 3 late Friday night.
Bosqueville (24-4) advances to play the Muenster vs. Windthorst winner in the Class 2A Region 2 semifinals next week.
Riesel finished its season with a 23-7 mark.
Bosqueville scored three runs in the first, four in the second and five in the third to stretch out a lead in Game 3.
Bulldogs second baseman Tanner Sepulveda drove in a pair of runs with a single to right in the third. Center fielder Tim Brummett followed with a triple to right to score Sepulveda and boost Bosqueville to a seven-run lead.
The Bosqueville defense then came up with the first shut-down inning of the contest as it held Riesel scoreless in the bottom of the third.
Bulldogs relief pitcher Bray Bird struck out Riesel’s Steven Searcy for the final out of the third, stranding a runner on first.
Riesel’s Matt Richter pitched an outstanding Game 2 to help the Indians win, 4-1, and force the deciding contest.
Richter held Bosqueville to a run on five hits as he went the complete game for the victory.
Riesel scored all the runs Richter needed in the top of the first inning when the Indians took advantage of a pair of Bosqueville errors to plate three runs.
Indians catcher Leighton Tindell had the only hit of the first, a bunt single that loaded the bases with no outs. Riesel leadoff hitter Steven Searcy scored on an error and designated hitter Jay Bennett and third baseman Tanner Smith each drove in runs with infield grounders.
Bosqueville answered with a run in the bottom of the first as left fielder Timothy Brummett singled to right to bring home center fielder Jase Ayala.
But Richter induced a fly out by Bosqueville’s Jacob Bravo to end the inning and that would be the Bulldogs’ last run in Game 2.
Richter pitched out of jams in the fifth and seventh innings, stranding five Bosqueville runners and preserving the Indians lead.