Denton kept pace with Fort Worth Brewer until the seventh inning Tuesday, but errors proved to be the difference as the Broncos fell 6-5.
The Bears (9-10-1, 2-2 District 5-4A) scored their six runs on just three hits, as they capitalized with patience at the plate to put pressure on the Denton defense. Denton had several chances to get out of the woods, but crucial throwing errors here and there erased any momentum the Broncos could gain.
“It was the same story,” Denton coach Glen Harrison said. “Walks and errors just about every game we’ve been in. It seems like it’s always the early innings where we put ourselves in a bind. We’re not a team that scores a whole bunch of runs. We start slow and try to make a run at the end, but it was too little too late.”
The Broncos still had a chance to tie the game when Charles Boosa found his way to second base on a single and an error. Josh Chavez, who had doubled to make it 6-4 in the fifth inning, nearly tied it with a line drive to left field, but shortstop Benji Perez snared the shot and threw to second base for a game-ending double play.
“Our kids battle,” Harrison said. “I’ll say one thing for them. We’re young and sitting at 0-4 right now, but our kids were one single away from tying this thing up and possibly winning it. We had a little momentum there and the kids were still executing.”
Starting pitcher Roman Arnold took the loss for the Broncos, despite surrendering only two runs on two hits and striking out five Bears in four innings.
Dylan Villaros earned the win with five innings pitched.
Arnold ran into trouble right out of the gate when leadoff hitter Adrian Martinez laced a double into the right-field corner, setting up Mark Brown’s RBI single through the left side of the infield to put Brewer in front 1-0. After Kevin Leis reached on an error, Tanner Smith’s sacrifice fly to center field gave the Bears a 2-0 lead.
The Broncos scored in the bottom of the first by playing small ball. Leadoff hitter Boosa walked, stole second and advanced to third on a wild pitch before scoring on another wild pitch to put Denton on the board.
Arnold settled down in the second inning to strike out the side, setting the table for Denton’s offense to tie the game at 2 on Bowie Farris’ slicing single that dropped just inside the right-field line to score John Collins, who singled to center to start the inning.
Arnold struggled to get the ball over the plate in the third, walking the first two batters before a passed ball allowed Martinez to score and give Brewer a 3-2 lead.
“Every batter we walked scored,” Harrison said. “We can’t continue to walk leadoff hitters, and we can’t continue to make errors. You’ve giving up free outs, and we’re not good enough to give up free outs.”
Arnold looked to have the second out of the inning on a strikeout, but Dilon Scott was able to get to first base on a throwing error by Duggan after a dropped third strike, allowing Leis to score.
Villaros walked to lead off the fourth inning. A sacrifice bunt and a stolen base later, he scored on another Broncos throwing error to make it 5-2.
“It comes down to walks and inopportune errors, and that has kind of been our story, especially of late in district play,” Harrison said. “Our district is one of the toughest in the state anyway, but we have to be able to make the routine play. You can’t make many mistakes in this district and expect to win.”
The Broncos matched the Bears’ fourth-inning run with one of their own, as Trevor Claytor’s sacrifice groundout scored David Morris, who singled through the left side of the infield to start the inning.
Morris relieved the starter, Arnold, but the Bears came right back with another run in the top of the fifth. Perez’s double over the left fielder’s head scored Scott, who reached on a walk, to make it 6-3.
The Broncos finally came up with their first multiple-run inning in the fifth. Chavez’s RBI double down the right-field line got the Broncos back to within 6-4. Morris’ solid infield hit allowed Chavez to score to make it 6-5.
The loss dropped the Broncos (6-10) to 0-4 in District 5-4A. Harrison said his team needs to play with more confidence while remaining loose.
“We need lots of district wins,” Harrison said. “We don’t need just one. I need our kids to believe in themselves all the time, and when we decide to do that, we are going to be OK.”
PATRICK HAYSLIP can be reached at 940-566-6873. His e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org .
FORT WORTH BREWER 6, DENTON 5
Fort Worth Brewer
WP — Dylan Villaros. LP — Roman Arnold. 2B — B: Josh Martinez, Nathan Perez. D: Josh Chavez.