BB: Rodriguez holds down Chargers for Royals

San Marcos' Isaac Rodriguez winds up before throwing to the plate on Tuesday.

San Marcos’ Isaac Rodriguez winds up before throwing to the plate on Tuesday.

San Marcos starting pitcher Isaac Rodriguez provided the Royals with a 7-2 victory over visiting Dos Pueblos as the senior right-hander recorded a complete game on Tuesday.

After spotting Dos Pueblos a 2-0 lead after two and a half innings, Rodriguez settled into a groove and mixed his fastball and offspeed pitches effectively.

“He was able to locate all his pitches today. His curve ball was on-spot. He hit his locations with both the fastball and curve,” said battery-mate Sean MacDuffee of Rodriguez.

Rodriguez, now 3-0 on the season, finished with seven strikeouts.

The Royals offense gave Rodriguez the needed run support with a six-run third inning.

Dos Pueblos threatened to get back in the game in the sixth inning by loading the bases. After a meeting on the mound, Rodriguez was able to strike out the next batter and end the inning.

“All the baseball I’ve played, I’ve learned it’s never over. It’s never over until you walk off the field,” Rodriguez said.

Wes Gibson and Daniel?Dzierski recorded two hits each for the Royals. Gibson reached base in all four at-bats and scored two runs.

Gabe Speier singled in each of his first two at-bats, scoring both times. Dylan Rohde also recorded hits in both of his first two at-bats, including an RBI double in the third inning that scored Snider.

Dos Pueblos falls to 1-1 in league play. The Chargers will play a handful of non-league games coming up before returning to Channel League in April.

“We’re just going to take one game at a time and we know what we need to do,” said Dos Pueblos Nick Katzenstein.

San Marcos lost its first three games of the season but has now won five straight.

“I think everyone’s playing as a team. Everyone’s coming together and contributing to the victory,” MacDuffee said.


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