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Anson Sweeps Stamford, Punches Ticket to Round Rock

The Anson Tigers are on their way to state after completing the sweep over district rival Stamford on Saturday.
The Anson Tigers are on their way to state after completing the sweep over district rival Stamford on Saturday.

Matt Villanueva led the Tigers from the mound on Thursday, but on Saturday it was his bat that got Anson on the board. A base knock by Villanueva would drive home Gavin Hill to put Anson up 1-0.

The Tigers would continue to pour it on in the bottom of the first.

A hit to the shortstop by James Flores would clear the bases and drive home three runs after an error. That would put the Tigers up 4-0.

They would go on to put up five runs in the bottom of the first to take a commanding lead, which they would stretch to 8-0 a while later.

The Bulldogs would threaten to get back in the game after loading the bases in the top of the fifth, but Villanueva would come on in relief to hold Stamford to just one run.

Anson would put three more runs on the board to secure a mercy rule victory over Stamford by the score of 11-1, and punch their ticket to the state tournament.

"So relieving when we just came out hitting and got some runs because we had gotten runners on several times all year against them and we never could get it done. I mean even on Thursday we left eleven runners on I think. We just finally started hitting with runners on and it showed," said Matt Villanueva.

"It feels out there. You dream about this stuff, but for it to actually happen it's pretty numbing right now. It was just the kids coming out here and competing. Last year was last year, and this is a new year, and they just competed," said head coach Mario Estrada.

The Tigers will find out on Sunday who they will meet in the semifinals on Wednesday in Round Rock.
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