The Wildcats’ baseball team was unable to overcome a big six run top of the third inning for Prosper as the Wildcats lost game one of their best two out of three series, 7-4 at Rockwall Friday night.
The Eagles scored the games first run executing a double steal. Prosper gave the run right back as Triston McCormick singled and then scored on a dropped fly ball on the warning track in left field. Then Prosper put together the big inning that made the difference. After a couple of Prosper hits, the first run scored on a sacrifice fly. Later with the bases loaded, the Eagles scored three runs on two wild pitches and a throwing error. Then a Prosper single drove in two more runs. The Wildcats trailed 7-1.
The Wildcats got one run back in the bottom of the third as Gavin Millsap, Kaden Argenbright and Ryan Humphries all singled to load the bases. McCormick drew a walk that forced in Millsap. The Wildcats could not get more leaving the bases loaded. The Wildcats reduced the lead to 7-4 by scoring a pair of runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. Austin Dodd laid down a beautiful bunt for a single. Argenbright walked. After a Humphries sacrifice, McCormick drove in two runs with a double to the wall in left center. That was as close as the Wildcats could get.
McCormick was 3 for 3 with a run scored and three RBIs. Humphries took the pitching loss going two and two-thirds innings allowing eight hits seven runs, six of them earned with three walks and three strikeouts. Tyler Armstrong had a strong outing in relief stifling the Eagles and giving the Wildcats a chance to come back. Armstrong went 4 and a third innings allowing only one hit and no runs while striking out four and walking four.
The Wildcats will attempt to even the series as game two takes place Saturday at 1 p.m. at Rockwall. A game three, if needed, will follow game two.