Wildcats Baseball Coach Jerrod Hammack said Wednesday night’s 9-3 loss to Wylie East in game one of a bi-district series was a disappointing start to the playoffs.
He said it seemed the Wildcats left a couple of runners on base in every inning except one, especially early in the game. The Wildcats left nine men on base and the Raiders four. Coach Hammack said the Wildcats just could not get the big hit. He said you just need one guy to do that so you get some runs early. The first inning was a good example. The first two Wildcats got on base and they were bunted to third and second with just one out. Coach Hammack said you figure at that point that you will get some runs. It didn’t happen. Coach Hammack said when that happens, the other team gets a lift. He said the Raiders got several lifts early in the game.
Coach Hammack said starter Jaxon Chaney threw well through three innings before he seemed to hang a curve ball or two in the fourth. He said Wylie East did get some key hits and he added the Wildcats also made several errors. Coach Hammack said all that made the game a miserable experience through six innings with the Wildcats trailing 9-0. He was proud that the Wildcats showed some fight and scored three runs in the top of the seventh. Highlight of the inning was a two-run home run by Chaney. Coach Hammack said the Wildcats can build on that in game two of the series. He said when you lose game one, a coach tells his players if they can win game two, the momentum will shift to the Wildcats in a game three. Wildcats ace Ryan Humphries will pitch Friday at Wildcat Park, weather permitting. Coach Hammack said he expects his team to compete and battle back in the series.