Mauro Rincon pitched six innings and shut down No. 8 Wylie East in North Dallas’ 4-2 win.
Senior Mauro Rincon normally plays third base, but North Dallas Coach Steven De La Cerda called on him to pitch Friday night. The Bulldogs were playing their fourth game in two days and now facing No. 8 Wylie East in the Jay Higgins Classic/Lake Highlands Baseball Tournament.
Mauro came through in a big way, limiting Wylie East to two runs, as North Dallas won 4-2 on Xavien Shay’s three-run home run in the third inning at Pearce High School.
The Bulldogs play Naaman Forest at noon Saturday at Lake Highlands High School in their final game of the tournament. North Dallas lost its first three games of the tournament to Richardson Pearce, Wylie and Royse City before beating Wylie East.
“Wylie East is ranked No. 8 in the state in 5A. They’re really good,” De La Cerda said. “We just came out and Mauro pitched a heck of a game. He pitched the whole game. That wasn’t the original plan but when I saw he was competing and throwing strikes, he gave us the best option to win.
“Then finally our guys started hitting the ball, better than we have the previous games. So it was good that we bounced back. We lost three games to really good teams. So they could have easily folded, but they came out and competed and beat a really good team.”
Tournament games are two hours or seven innings, De La Cerda said. Mauro went six innings against Wylie East.
Coach Steven De La Cerda gives senior Mauro Rincon a hug after Mauro shut down No. 8 Wylie East.
“X’s home run puts us up,” De La Cerda said. “But Mauro throwing a heck of a game gives us a chance. Mauro gives us a chance because that’s a really good team and sometimes four runs isn’t enough to beat a really good team. X’s home run was great and gives us a shot, but Mauro kept us in that game.”
Xavien’s blast went over the left-field fence at the Pearce High School field.
“He left his curve ball hanging, so I decided to give it a rip,” Xavien said.
Asked if he knew the ball was a home run, Xavien said, “Initially, I did. It’s one of those things when you hit the ball and don’t feel it, that means you got a good hit on the ball.”
After Saturday’s game, North Dallas opens District 11-4A play at Wilmer-Hutchins at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday. JV game is at 11 a.m. Tuesday.
Third baseman Marco Garcia makes the throw to first base.
Adan Galvan (left) and Marco Garcia shake hands at second base after Garcia switched to second base.
Catcher Carlos Lopez watches the game from dugout.
The Bulldogs do a quick pose for the camera after the game.
Shortstop Adan Galvan poses for a photo.