Gobblers dominate through six, defeat Aransas Pass

By Robert Proctor

The Cuero Record

With a tournament scheduled for later in the week, coach Phil Schwarz chose to use four pitchers in Cuero’s 9-5 win over Aransas Pass on March 6. Jared Barta, Cole Payne and Michael Barta combined for six no-hit innings and 11 strikeouts, before Drew Riemenschneider closed the game.

Payne and the Barta brothers were particularly impressive, as they have been for the most part this season.

“They’re strike throwers,” Schwarz said of his top three starters. “They attack the strike zone. They have good stuff. They have confidence in their stuff.”

Defensively, though, Cuero has lacked the same prowess of late, sustaining six errors in the win and several more in the Yoakum tournament the week before.

“We just need to support them better,” Schwarz said. “We didn’t play very good defense behind them. That’s just something that we have to work on. We have to clean it up. For whatever reason, I think we’re sitting back a little bit too much. We’re letting the ball play us. We have to attack the ball with a little more confidence.”

Payne and the Bartas also led the way at the plate, combining for six hits and five RBI.

“They’ve been good all year,” Schwarz noted. “They have a good approach at the plate, will take the ball the other way. They have been really consistent, so far, hitting-wise.”

As made clear by the influx of errors over the past few games, defense is need of the most improvement as non-district play winds down.

“We have to get better defensively,” Schwarz said. “Defense is a little bit like hitting sometimes. You can go into slumps defensively, lose confidence. We have to get that back.”

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