Runs were plentiful as the Wildcats’ baseball team split their first two games in the Grayson County Classic Thursday. The Wildcats outscored Sanger, 13-9 and then came out on the short end of a 17-5 loss to Cedar Hill. Both games were played in Sherman.
In the opener, Sanger opened the game with 5 runs on 6 hits. The Wildcats managed one first inning run as Triston McCormick singled in Kaden Argenbright who had singled. Wildcats pitcher Ryan Humphries kept Sanger off the board in the second and third innings and the Wildcats took the lead 8-5 with a 4 run second inning and a 3 run third. In the second Kyle Dodd got on on an error and Jamal Hobson-Cox and Gavin Millsap both singled. Mason Buck drove home a run with a sacrifice fly. Argenbright plated 2 runs with a triple and Humphries drove home a run with a single. The Wildcats took the lead in the third with a walk by Michael Arnold, a fielder’s choice by Easton Silman, then Hobson-Cox got on by an error and Millsap had an RBI ground out. Sanger rallied with 2 more runs in the top of the fourth to make it 8-7. The Wildcats extended the lead with 3 more runs in the bottom of the fourth to make it 11-7. Argenbright and Humphries singled, McCormick got on on an error that scored a run, Arnold singled, Silman hit an RBI double, Dodd walked and Hobson-Cox drove a run in with a sacrifice fly. The Wildcats added a run in the bottom of the fifth to lead 12-7. Buck walked and scored on a Humphries ground ball. Sanger wasn’t through, scoring 2 runs in the top of the sixth to narrow the lead to 12-9. The Wildcats added an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth. Arnold singled, stole second and later scored on a wild pitch. Time ran out in the inning giving the Wildcats the 13-9 win. The Wildcats had 12 hits. Humphries got the pitching win.
The second game was defined by a whopping first inning that saw Cedar Hill score 13 runs on 6 hits and 3 Wildcat errors. The Longhorns led off the game with a home run and later had a grand slam homer. The Wildcats reduced the deficit to 13-2 with a pair of runs in the second. Arnold walked and Silman, Dawson Draper and Hobson-Cox all singled. Draper’s hit drove in a run. Buck had a fielder’s choice RBI. Cedar Hill responded with 4 third inning runs to go up 17-2. The Wildcats added 3 runs in the bottom of the third to make it a 17-5 game. Humprhies tripled and McCormick hat a two-run homer. Later Draper doubled and scored on a Hobson-Cox single. Neither team scored in the final 2 innings before time ran out and Cedar Hill won 17-5. The Wildcats managed 8 hits. Kamren Harrison got the pitching loss. The Wildcats are now 4-5-1 for the season. They will play Celina at 10 a.m. Friday in Sherman in the tournament.