WILDCATS BASEBALL SHOWS SOME IMPROVEMENT IN FRIDAY LOSS TO LINDALE
Wildcats Baseball Coach Jerrod Hammack said he shook up things a bit Friday at Lindale seeking different results. The Wildcats did show some signs of improvement. Still they lost to Lindale, 4-1. Coach Hammack moved catcher Kaden Argenbright to shortstop, Jace Burchfield took over at catcher. Jaxon Chaney also got his first district pitching start this season. Coach Hammack explained that Chaney had an injury in an early tournament that would not allow him to pitch until lately. He said he used Chaney in a non-district game against McKinney North on March 30 and he said Chaney threw well. So Coach Hammack brought Chaney back to the mound against Lindale Friday. Chaney pitched six innings Friday allowing only five hits and three earned runs while striking out five and walking one. The Wildcats played better defense but Coach Hammack said the one error the Wildcats had allowed a run to score. Wildcats problems continued at the plate. The Wildcats only managed a single run on four hits. Coach Hammack did find a ray of hope in the Wildcats top of the seventh inning at Lindale. Trailing 4-0, he said the Wildcats did not go down without a fight and scored a run. He said the team has still not pulled it all together yet. He said he hopes they do before they run out of time. The Wildcats currently sit 2-7 in district play and they are tied for fifth with Greenville. They are just one game behind Royse City, which holds the fourth and final playoff spot. Really the gap is like two games since the Bulldogs own the tiebreaker over the Wildcats having won the series between the two, three game to zero. The Wildcats just have six games to go. Coach Hammack figures his team will need to win at least four of the six to squeeze into the playoffs. This is Greenville week for the Wildcats in district play. The Wildcats play at Greenville Tuesday night and then host the Lions Friday night at Wildcat Park. The two teams have already played one district game. Back on March 15 at Wildcat Park, the Wildcats defeated the Lions, 9-2. Chaney hit a grand slam homer and a three run round tripper in that game.