The Wildcats’ baseball team won a pair of playoff games against Wylie East Saturday at McKinney Boyd to take the bi-district series, two games to one. The Wildcats came in down one game to zero after a 9-3 loss Wednesday night at Wylie East.
In the first game Saturday, the Wildcats evened the series with a 4-1 win. Ryan Humphries allowed only an unearned run and give up just five hits. He struck out five and had no walks. The Wildcats struck early giving Humphries all the run support he would need. They scored three runs in the bottom of the first. Austin Dodd and Kaden Argenbright both walked to start the inning. Humphries hit a double that scored Dodd. Dawson Draper also doubled driving in Argenbright and Humphries. The Wildcats led 3-0 after one inning. Wylie East got on the board in the top of the fifth scoring an unearned run. The score was 3-1 Wildcats after five innings. The Wildcats got an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth inning. Argenbright singled, stole a base and moved to third on a pass ball. He scored on a Humphries double. The Wildcats made the most of their four hits.
In the third game, pitchers Pacen Edwards and Jaxon Chaney combined for a no-hitter as the Wildcats won, 9-1. Edwards went the first 4 and one-thirds innings but had to depart due to his pitch count this week. Chaney threw 2 and two-thirds innings. Edwards allowed an unearned run. The Wildcats issued three walks and made three errors. The Wildcats were down 1-0 when they batted around and exploded for six runs. Humphries and Triston McCormick walked. Chaney and Dawson singled. Edwards drove home a run on a fielder’s choice. The Raiders made an error. Dodd drove home a run with a sacrifice fly. Argenbright singled. The Wildcats scored their six runs on three hits and an error. The Wildcats added three runs in the top of the sixth. Edwards singled. Both Kamren Harrison and Gavin Millap laid down sacrifice bunts followed by Raider errors. Dodd and Argenbright singled. The Wildcats had eight hits in the game.
The Wildcats will now face Prosper in an Area round series. All games will be at Rockwall. Game one is Friday at 7:30 p.m. with the Wildcats as home team. Game two will be Saturday at 1 p.m. with Prosper as home team. Game three, if necessary, will begin 30 minutes after the conclusion of game two. Prosper won a coin flip to be home team in game three, if there is one. The Wildcats now have a season record of 18-13.