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June 11, 2014

Jr. Sunbelt Classic, Day 5

Texas' Patel throws no hitter; Okla. Gold beats Blue

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Vera then stole second base and scored when catcher Drew Dickerson’s throw to third sailed into left field. Vera finished the game 2-for-3 with two runs scored and a run batted in.

“I was just hunting for my pitch, hunting for a fastball,” Vera said. “I get in the habit of chasing pitchers’ pitches, and took an approach of hunting for my fastball. That’s what I got, so I swung at it.”

Van Gelder later drew a walk and scored on Miranda’s double to left for a 7-0 lead in the third. Luken Baker’s double and Garland’s sacrifice fly drove in two more Texas runs in the top of the fourth.

Oklahoma Gold 3, Oklahoma Blue 2

Needing a win to have a chance at playing for third, Oklahoma Gold turned to starting pitcher Ricky Ramirez.

And for the second time in the Sunbelt, Ramirez came up big.

Ramirez gave up just two runs and three hits in seven innings, helping Gold beat Blue 3-2 at Mike Deak Field.

Ramirez pitched his second complete game of the tournament, having shut out Arizona 3-0 on Friday.

“He did an outstanding job,” Gold coach Clint Littlejim said of Ramirez. “He really threw well on Friday against Arizona. Didn’t know how he would do today because he was only on three days’ rest, but he came back and threw outstanding. Didn’t quite have the command he did against Arizona, but he really threw well tonight and was the difference in the ballgame for us.”

Though he threw just one perfect inning against Blue — the bottom of the second — Ramirez never gave up the big play that might’ve turned momentum in Blue’s direction. Brady Melton drove in a Blue run with a sacrifice fly in the fourth and another with a groundout in the sixth, but Ramirez still held his opponents hitless with runners in scoring position.

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