With the Wildcats’ baseball team within two outs of an outright district championship, Hallsville scored a tying run in the bottom of the seventh inning and then got a walk off win with a run in the bottom of the eighth.
Hallsville opened the scoring with a run in the bottom of the first to take a 1-0 lead. After three straight singles loaded the bases, a sacrifice fly scored one. The Wildcats took the lead in dramatic fashion in the top of the fourth. Triston McCormick singled and Ty Lopez came in to run for him. Ryan Humphries hit a two run home run and the Wildcats led 2-1. They almost made it stand up. The Bobcats scored the tying run in the bottom of the seventh inning without a hit. The first batter in the inning walked and was sacrificed to second. An error allowed the run to score. The Wildcats managed to get out of the inning with the winning run stranded at third for Hallsville. The Wildcats threatened in the top of the eighth with two walks and a stolen base but the inning ended with runners at second and first. Hallsville won the game in the bottom of the eighth with a one-out double and then a two-out single that scored the runner from second.
McCormick took the hard luck loss pitching all eight innings for the Wildcats. He gave up eight hits and three runs but only 2 were earned. McCormick walked only one batter and he struck out 5. Hallsville outhit the Wildcats 8 to 4. The Wildcats’ loss created a tie at the top of the district standings with Hallsville. Both teams end up 10-2 in district play and the teams split two games.
There will be a game to determine the district’s first and second seed at Mike Carter Field in Tyler Saturday at 1 p.m. KSST radio and ksstradio.com will broadcast the game live. The Wildcats go into that game with a season record of 16-7-2.