The Lake Travis baseball team hit well and pitched well over the weekend, but the defense had a rough go of it as the Cavaliers went 1-5 at the CenTex Hardball Classic.
Hosting a portion of the games, the Cavaliers got their lone win Friday night as senior Daniel Castano pitched the team to a 4-0 win over Magnolia.
Before and after that, though, Lake Travis had a tough time in the field in crucial moments in the tournament spanning Feb. 21-23.
“We could’ve easily won four of those games,” Lake Travis baseball coach Roy Kinnan said. “Three of those we lost in the seventh inning when we had a lead. It comes with maturity and playing quality teams like we are playing. It was a big time learning experience for us.”
Lake Travis lost to Dallas Jesuit 8-5 despite homers from Nico Escalante and Connor Fussell, fell to Odessa 8-7 Feb. 21 and suffered an early Friday loss, 4-0, to San Angelo before the win over Magnolia.
In the win, Castano struck out 15 in going six innings, giving up just two hits and three walks before Connor Mayes closed out the win with a scoreless seventh.
Wes Whitehair and Wayne Figg had an RBI doubles, and Devin Dickens also knocked in a run. The Cavs did damage on the base paths, too, taking advantage of five walks and five hits with five steals by Fussell (two), Baker Mayfield, Jonathan Lorino and Drew Hudson.
The Cavs lost 8-6 Saturday to Fort Bend Travis and also felt to O’Connor, 10-7.
Six different starters took the hill for Lake Travis at the tournament, and all were making the progress Kinnan wanted to see.
“We’ve got some good arms; I feel pretty pleased with that,” he said.
Sitting at 2-5 overall, the Cavs aim is to get to .500 before district play starts Tuesday, but Kinnan says there are bigger goals for the team, regardless of predistrict play.
“We’d like to win those games and have a better showing,” he said, “but it’s about preparation. Really, every game we lost, we hit the ball well. Pitching-wise I was pleased. We just had too many mistakes with two outs.”
Next up for Lake Travis is a slate of games at the Langerhans Invitational Thursday through Saturday.
Lake Travis plays Westwood at Lake Travis Thursday at 1 p.m., and then plays Hyde Park Baptist at 7 p.m. at McNeil.
On Friday, the Cavs are at Hendrickson, playing the Hawks at 1 p.m. and taking on Anderson at 4 p.m.
The tournament wraps up Saturday with Lake Travis playing McNeil at McNeil at 1 p.m. before the Cavs’ finale against the Dragons at Round Rock at 4 p.m.
McNeil, Round Rock, Westwood and Hendrickson, District 16-5A teams, are all possible bidistrict playoff opponents for the Cavs.
Lake Travis gets a stout test to start the tourney, as Castano will likely square off with Westwood’s JR Holloway, who is committed to Duke.
“Four of schools we’re playing could be first round playoff schools, so that’ll give us a good indication,” Kinnan said. “We’re gonna play better; don’t think we have any doubts about that.”
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