The Wildcats’ baseball team will resume their district game at Pine Tree Monday at 4 p.m. The Game was postponed Friday with the Wildcats getting ready to bat in the top of the fifth inning leading 7-4.
On KSST Radio and Cable Channel 18’s Saturday Morning Coaches Show, Wildcats Baseball Coach Jerrod Hammack talked about how the Wildcats got their three run lead. He said the Wildcats scored five runs in the top of the first inning. Surprisingly, the Wildcats did all their scoring after the first two batters made outs. Ryan Humphries drew a walk and Triston McCormick drove him in with a triple. Several more hits led to runs as the Wildcats batted around in the first inning. To Coach Hammack’s chagrin, the Pirates responded with five hits and three runs in the bottom of the first. Later Pine Tree trimmed the lead to 5-4. At that point, Coach Hammack said the game reminded him of a tournament game loss to Brook Hill School of Bullard. In that game, the Wildcats scored 7 early runs and then did not score again in a 13-7 loss. In this case, the Wildcats did add two runs and they led the Pirates 7-4. Then came lightning and a downpour that made the Pine Tree unplayable Friday.
Coach Hammack said he would go with Jaxon Chaney on the mound in the resumed game. Coach Hammack said Ryan Humphries would pitch Tuesday night at home against Marshall. During last Friday’s Pine Tree game, Coach Hammack said pitcher Triston McCormick complained of some discomfort in his pitching arm. Coach Hammack said if McCormick can’t pitch this coming Friday at Texas High, he said he would depend on Pacen Edwards or Tyler Armstrong.
The Wildcats enter the Pine Tree game Monday with a 5-1 district record and a season mark of 12-8. Coach Hammack said he likes this year’s Wildcats team. He said they swing the bats as good as any of his teams in quite some time. Coach Hammack said the team has done a good job of improving on defense this season. He also has a lot of good pitching options to choose from.