Coach Hammack on Marshall Win
Wildcats Baseball Coach Jerrod Hammack said he can appreciate a well pitched game. In fact he said there were two well-pitched games in the Wildcats 1-0 victory over Marshall at Wildcat Park Tuesday night (April 10). Each team managed only two hits. Coach Hammack said the Wildcats pitcher Ryan Humphries and the Mavericks pitcher Trevor Clark both mixed their pitches pretty well. He added our guy was just a little better. Coach Hammack said it was of the best games Humphries has thrown, especially this year. He said Humphries had only thrown 79 pitches going into the last inning. Coach Hammack said Humphries had command of all three of his pitches: the change up, the curve and the fast ball. He said Humphries got strikeouts with all three pitches. The Wildcats got both of their hits in the bottom of the third inning when they scored. After Gavin Millsap and Austin Dodd singled, both base runners advanced on a wild pitch. Coach Hammack said Kaden Argenbright swung and missed a couple of times before lifting a fly ball deep enough into the outfield for Millsap to tag up and score after the catch. Before Marshall arrived on Tuesday, they actually helped out the Wildcats on Monday (April 9). The Mavericks beat Texas High to create more space between the second place Wildcats and third place Texas High Tigers. Coach Hammack said he is still deciding who to pitch Friday night in Texarkana. Last Friday (April 6), Wildcats pitcher Triston McCormick said he heard a pop coming from his pitching arm or elbow. Coach Hammack said he would evaluate McCormick as well as Pacen Edwards or others to determine his Friday night (April 13) starter. The Wildcats are now 7-1 in district play and 14-8 for the season. After Friday, the Wildcats will end the district season with three straight home games.
Carrillo on Marshall Win
Lady Cats Softball Coach David Carrillo said two things allowed the Lady Cats to outscore Marshall 7-1 Tuesday (April 10)night at Lady Cat Park. One was the pitching of Bailey Haggerty who allowed only one run and three hits over seven innings. The other was scoring runs in two big innings: three runs in the fourth and four runs in the sixth. The Lady Cats again had a lineup where just about every batter contributed to the win in some way. With the win, the Lady Cats improve to 9-1 in district play and 22-5 for the season. The Lady Cats remain in first place by a game. Coach Carrillo said the Lady Cats still control their own destiny. If they win both of their final two district games, the Lady Cats will be district champions. The Lady Cats were co-district champs back in 2009. Both games left this season are tough ones. First comes a trip to Texas High Friday night (April 13). After an open date next Tuesday (April 17), the Lady Cats play always tough rival Mount Pleasant at Lady Cat Park Friday week (April 20).