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Grade "A" pitching

By Robert Proctor

The Cuero Record

Dominant pitching usually leads to wins in any level of baseball, something that has been a mainstay for Cuero over the last several seasons. That was the case once again last Friday night, as Michael Barta tossed seven shutout innings to lead Cuero past the Navarro Panthers in district play. The Gobblers actually scratched across two runs for their ace, both coming with two outs in the fourth innings.

Chase Blackwell reached to start the inning before Blake Opiela doubled down the left field line with two outs to score him. Opiela later came in that inning on a strikeout, wild pitch then an error on the first baseman.

“There’s always pressure,” Opiela said of stepping into the batter’s box. “I was a little nervous. I got down with two strikes, then they gave me a curveball. I stuck the bat out there and hit it down the line.”

With Michael Barta on the mound, Opiela was confident those two runs scored would be more than enough.

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