Coach Talk: Hammack on Wildcat, Carrillo on Lady Cat Verses Mt Pleasant

Hammack on Mount Pleasant Win

Wildcats Baseball Coach Jerrod Hammack said he always feels good when Ryan Humphries is on the mound for the Wildcats. Coach Hammack was on KSST Radio and Cable Channel 18’s Saturday Morning Coaches Show last Saturday (April 21). Humphries got his third district shutout last Friday, 7-0 over Mount Pleasant. He has shut them out twice this season. Coach Hammack said the offense got off to a slow start. Dawson Draper changed all that when he hit the first ever home run at new Wildcat Park. Draper was 3 for 3 and he also hit a double. Coach Hammack said when Ryan is going well on the mound and the Wildcats put together some good at bats, the Wildcats can beat anybody. Coach Hammack called Humphries a bulldog warrior. Coach Hammack said he’s beginning to get a feeling about new Wildcat Park that it’s a place where the Wildcats will find success. He said with the win, the Wildcats continue to control their own destiny. The win gave the Wildcats an 8-2 district record. They are one game back of first place Hallsville and one game ahead of third place Texas High. Texas High plays at Hallsville Tuesday night. The Wildcats are 15-9 for the season. The Wildcats play host to the Greenville Lions Tuesday night at Wildcat Park. The Wildcats won the first district game against the Lions, 8-2 in Greenville. Coach Hammack said he will start either Pacen Edwards or Jaxon Chaney against Greenville. Saturday the Wildcats were scheduled to face Rowlett on the road in a non-district game. That game was canceled due to rain.

Carrillo on Mount Pleasant Win

After the Lady Cats’ softball team defeated Mount Pleasant, 7-5 to clinch the district championship and the district’s #1 seed in the playoffs, a bi-district rematch with Lovejoy was set up. The two teams have met twice in recent years with Lovejoy winning both series. Lady Cats Softball Coach David Carrillo, on KSST Radio and Cable Channel 18’s Saturday Morning Coaches Show, said this year’s Lady Leopards team is quite different from last year’s senior laden team. He is telling his team that they must bring their A game to the field to win. Coach Carrillo is also encouraging his team to enjoy the playoffs and have fun. He wants his team to play with confidence and he said the Lady Cats want some payback after losing last year. This year’s bi-district schedule calls for game one at Lovejoy Thursday night at 7 p.m. Game two at Sulphur Springs Lady Cat Park Friday at 7 p.m. Game three, if necessary, will be at Royse City Saturday at noon. The district championship the Lady Cats won outright is Coach Carrillo’s first sole championship here. His 2009 Lady Cats team shared the district championship with Texas High. The last step to the district championship was not an easy one. Mount Pleasant kept battling to the end having the tying run at the plate in the top of the seventh inning. Coach Carrillo said the key moment for the Lady Cats was the bottom of the third inning. The Lady Tigers had just gone ahead, 3-1 with two runs in the top of the third. After a fiery dugout speech by Coach Carrillo intending to light a fire under his team, the Lady Cats responded. They tied up the score before a single out was made. They added two more runs for good measure and went back up, 5-3. The Lady Cats later added two more runs that would turn out to be the difference.

Author: Staff Reporter

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