Beginning District 26 play in Fredericksburg, Llano Minors faced Wimberley #1 team on June 27th. Even in Little League play you could feel the tense rivalry between Llano and Wimberley.
Joey Albor got the nod as starting pitcher for Llano. The rest of the starting line up included: Brady Liesmann as catcher, Kris Watson at first, Jaden Napolez at second, Drew Baker at short, Wyatt Bauman at third, Blake Dillard in left, Cole Reneau in center, and Hunter Roemer in right field. Substitutes were Jason Gann, John McCall-Keeney, and Tyler Wennes.
Llano scored two runs in their first at bat. Wimberley scored six runs to take the lead in the top of the third. Highlights for Llano’s defense were Cole Reneau catching a high fly to center for the first out of the inning and another 4-3 combination from Jaden and Kris to end the inning.
The Llano boys (9 and 10 year olds) battled back! During the fourth inning Llano’s defense stepped up. Kris Watson caught a high fly near first and Jaden Napolez and Kris combined for the next two outs.
In the Jackets’ half, Wyatt got a hit, Jaden took a walk, and then Joey Albor had a double that allowed for both to score before the end of the inning. The fifth was scoreless on both sides.
Going into the sixth inning Llano was down by two runs. Again, the defense stepped up with Cole Reneau making a huge catch in center, and Drew Baker catching a driving ball at shortstop.
Llano was at the bottom of the order but their bats were ready; Cole got a base hit and was aggressive with base running and stole second on a passed ball. Cole scored on a base hit from Drew Baker. Joey was up next, and Drew scored on a stand up double. Coach Dillard put speedster John McCall-Keeney in for Joey as the winning run. With two outs, Tyler Wennes was up. Tyler took the first pitch on the corner for a strike, and then made a good cut on the second pitch for strike two, while John stole third. On the third pitch Tyler made contact and sent it hard and fast at the shortstop who bobbled it and made the throw to home a little high. John was safe at home and the Llano Minor team had a super win; it remained undefeated.
Llano Minors beat Blanco to remain Undefeated
Sunday, June 28th Llano Minors faced Blanco for the second game in district 26 play. With temperatures reaching 104 degrees it would be an understatement to say it was a hot day for the boys of summer.
Blake Dillard got the start at pitcher with Hunter Roemer at catcher. The rest of the starters included Jaden Napolez at second, Drew Baker at short, Wyatt Bauman at third, Joey Albor at first, Brady Liesmann in center, Kris Watson in right, and Jason Gann in left field. Substitutes included Tyler Wennes and John McCall-Keeney.
Llano won the toss for home and last bat. Both teams seemed to struggle in the heat. Blanco scored two runs in the first.
Blanco’s pitcher struggled. Jaden got a base hit, Drew took a walk, Joey got on when he was hit by a pitch, Brady and Blake were walked. After an out, Hunter walked, and Wyatt got a double. Llano led after one inning, 5-2.
The second inning Blanco took advantage of every opportunity. Walks led to some aggressive base running. Hunter Roemer was not having any of that and he threw out a runner at third trying to steal. Blake Dillard got a K, striking out the bottom of the rotation. Brady assisted with an out at second for the third out of the inning, but not before Blanco had tied up the score.
Llano bats were on fire with four out of the next five batters getting hits. Llano scored four runs before the third out, making it 9-5, Llano.
The fourth inning was dominated by Llano giving up only one run and earning another four runs. Going into the fifth inning the score was Llano 13, Blanco 6. Llano again held Blanco scoreless in the top of the inning and after Tyler, Wyatt, and John scored the umpire called the game. The Llano Minors, still undefeated, won by ten runs. They will play again on July 5th in Fredericksburg.