LEOPARDS LAND WIN IN SHARK INFESTED WATERS
LEOPARDS LAND WIN IN SHARK INFESTED WATERS
John O'Brien
Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Defense wins championships…is the age old adage in highly competitive sports – the Van Vleck Leopard varsity baseball team hammered home that point Tuesday night, with a hard fought victory, 3 - 2 over the Palacios Sharks. The Leopards out pitched, our defended, and out hit the Sharks while utilizing 15 players – all who did a great job executing vital roles in the win. While sophomore pitcher, Cade Noster dealt 1st pitch strikes to the Sharks, the Leps defense stonewalled Palacios with almost errorless baseball through 5 innings…Noster tallied 3 innings – giving up only 2 hits with 1 walk – 0 runs. Senior, Joseph Huerta followed Noster – with 2 innings of work – giving up 3 hits, 1 run, and striking out 2. Sophomore Cameron Wleczyk took over in the 6th inning – with Van Vleck leading 3 – 1…Wleczyk continued to keep the Sharks at bay…giving up 2 hits, 1 run, and a strike out. When it’s “closing time” – the Leps seem to have found one…Senior Colton Carrion, for the 2nd straight game, has inherited a lead in the last half frame of the game – and been “lights out” for the Leopards. In the bottom of the 7th inning, Carrion destroyed the Sharks hitters – collecting the final 3 outs in 10 pitches. Carrion struck out 2 while forcing an infield pop up to Jeremiah Smith. Multiple Leopards swung the lumber amassing 8 hits – Travis Koliba hit a triple which scored all 3 of the Leopards runs, Jeremiah Smith went 3 for 4 at the plate, DJ Vargas hit a double, along with a hit from Easton Brown and Pruett Schulz. The Leps swiped 2 bags (Landen Ward, Jeremiah Smith) on the base paths, also.  The Leopards will take on the Boling Bulldogs this Friday, in Boling – at 7pm.