Wildcats Baseball Coach Jerrod Hammack said Wildcats’ coaches and players did not panic after three bad losses in a Lindale tournament last weekend. The Wildcats bounced back to defeat the host Lindale, 5-3 Saturday night.
Coach Hammack called the Saturday night game a good barometer for the Wildcats. After all, he said Lindale is a good team picked to win their district and he noted they played very well in a Tyler tournament the week before. Coach Hammack said the bounce back win was almost enough to make him forget a 5-3 loss to Atlanta where they played like the game was a big deal while the Wildcats just went through the motions, a 13-7 loss to Brook Hill that the Wildcats led after one inning, 7-1 and ended up putting 16 runners on base for free with walks and errors and a 7-2 loss to All Saints Episcopal that got out of hand due to an inside the park grand slam homer.
But back to Saturday. Coach Hammack pitched ace Ryan Humphries and he said he threw well. Coach Hammack was pleased to see Pacen Edwards pitch the final two innings and do a good job. He said he would continue to evaluate personnel during the tournament portion of the schedule to get ready for the first district ballgame.
The Wildcats hope to play five games in a Sherman-Denison tournament that gets underway Thursday. He said a couple of those games might be played like district games. Coach Hammack said he has learned a lot about his team from games in the first two tournaments of the season. The Wildcats are 3-5 for the season.