Raven Sauceda didn’t get a hit against the Killeen Kangaroos, but he didn’t have to.
The junior had 12 total bases and came in to get the save in a 5-4 road win on Friday that kept Shoemaker’s playoff hopes alive with the season winding down.
“Even if I don’t get a hit, I get walked,” Sauceda said. “No matter what happens, keeping my head up.”
The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi commit reached on an error in the first, walked in the third and fifth then reached on a two-base error in the seventh before being thrown out trying to take third. He ended up scoring twice.
“Raven comes in and does what he does,” Shoemaker pinch hitter Jose Casillas said.
Grey Wolves head coach Harry Zambrana said that Sauceda’s speed has always been an asset and allows him to hit from anywhere in the lineup and play multiple positions.
“Raven wreaks havoc wherever he’s at,” Zambrana said.
“He makes some great plays at shortstop, he stole two bases, he does great things for us. When he’s on base, we feel like we’re going to score runs.”
Sauceda moved from short to come in and pitch in relief of Wade Corn in the bottom of the seventh.
Sauceda faced a tough situation with runners on first and second and no outs and Shoemaker holding a 5-3 lead.
Despite walking in a run, Sauceda was able to get the final batter to strike out looking and preserve the win.
“I just knew that I could come through and pitch and I knew that we could win,” Sauceda said.