Jamie Funk and Tye Ochoa held each other’s attention.
Ochoa moved first.
The Temple catcher threw to first, Funk took an extra step off of third base. When the Temple first baseman didn’t bring down Ochoa’s throw, Funk took off for home.
“You’ve got to make sure you’re on your game and aware of what’s going on,” Funk said. “I didn’t think he was going throw the ball to first base, at first,” Funk said. “Then, I saw the ball go by and I knew we were going to win then. And then just happiness.”
Funk gave the Grey Wolves a 2-1 win over Temple when the Shoemaker second baseman scored on a dropped third strike and an error in the bottom of the eighth inning Thursday at Shoemaker.
Funk hit a one-out double to get on base, then immediately took off for third when Ochoa dropped Mason Hesse’s third-strike pitch to John Gueits and gave the Grey Wolves their second straight win when he scored on the error at first base.
“It’s just our guys learning how to capitalize on other people’s mistakes and putting ourselves in a position to be successful,” Shoemaker coach Harry Zambrana said. “We had multiple chances to win the game, it took us eight innings, but we’ll take it.”
Shoemaker (12-9, 4-4 8-5A) has won three of its last four games and is tied with Harker Heights in third-place in the District 8-5A standings.
Roberto Delgado struck out six, walked five and gave up one earned run on five hits on the mound for Shoemaker.
Temple (7-15-1, 2-6) scored in the first inning, but didn’t get a baserunner past second base after that.
“We obviously had too many strikeouts,” Temple coach Craig Martin said. “We’ve got to put the ball in play and give ourselves some chances. We did a good job in the first inning — got a guy one, got a double and scored. Then, we just couldn’t put hits together back-to-back-to-back.”
Keith Buhl drew a lead-off walk to start the game and, following Hesse’s flyout, scored on Ricky Ortiz’ double into centerfield. Delgado struck out the next two Temple batters to leave Ortiz stranded at third base.
Shoemaker answered in the bottom of the third inning. Ramiro Gonzalez led-off the inning with an infield single and reached third when Elijah Hilliard followed with a single. Gonzalez scored on Wade Corn’s sacrifice ground-out.
Temple pitcher Hesse gave up three of his eight surrendered hits in the seventh inning, but still kept the Grey Wolves scoreless until the eighth. Delgado led off the bottom of the seventh with a double, but failed to touch the first base bag. Castro followed with a second double and John Ibarra then singled to give the Grey Wolves runners at first and third base with one out. But, Hesse struck out Gonzalez, and Hilliard grounded out to second base to end the Shoemaker threat.
“The kids could’ve quit and in years past, we might have quit, but these guys are resilient and stayed in there and competed,” Zambrana said.