There is home baseball and softball on this game day Friday (April 12). The Wildcats’ baseball team hopes to begin a winning streak that will land them in the playoffs. The Lady Cats are trying to hold on to first place and win a second straight district championship.
The Wildcats finish off their three game district series with Greenville at Wildcat Park. There is a lot at stake Friday night. Both teams have won once so far. The Wildcats won 9-2 at Wildcat Park back on March 15. Greenville won at home Tuesday night, 10-9 in 8 innings. The winner Friday will own the tiebreaker in the series, which could be crucial in determining a playoff spot. Greenville is currently tied with Royse City for the fourth and final playoff spot, both are 3-7. The Wildcats are one game behind them at 2-8. Royse City already owns the tiebreaker with the Wildcats having swept them in three district games. There will be a JV contest against Greenville at 4 p.m. The varsity game will follow at 7 p.m. KSST Radio will bring you the Wildcats and Greenville game Friday live and with video streaming. The game will also be posted to YouTube and will also be shown at a later date on Channel 18 on Suddenlink Cable.
Meanwhile the Lady Cats’ softball team will be taking on Lindale at Lady Cat Park on this game day Friday. There will be a JV contest at 5 p.m. The varsity game will follow at 6:30 p.m. The Lady Cats are 6-1 in district play and they are 20-5 for the season. Mount Pleasant lurks one game behind the Lady Cats with a 5-2 district record. The Lady Cats won the first game against Lindale, 4-0 on March 26 at Lindale. However since taking a defeat at Mount Pleasant on March 29 while getting only 3 hits, the Lady Cats have won three straight games by wide margins getting double-digit hits in each game.
Wildcats Baseball Coach Jerrod Hammack said his Wildcats have had some disappointing losses this season but he said Tuesday (April 9) night’s 10-9 loss at Greenville was the most disappointing. He said the Wildcats finally got the bats going. The Wildcats had 12 hits and they scored nine runs. The Wildcats led Greenville, 9-5 going into the bottom of the seventh. The Lions scored four times to send the game into extra innings and then won it with a run in the bottom of the eighth. Coach Hammack said the Wildcats seemed to find a way to lose. He said the Wildcats committed three errors in the bottom of the seventh. They had six errors for the game. Coach Hammack said if the Wildcats had made the plays they should have, it would have led to a much needed victory. He said the Wildcats have always had a reputation for good pitching and good defense but he added it’s not there right now. Coach Hammack said he tinkered with the lineup and determined his batting order based on district on base percentage. That had usual lead off hitter Austin Dodd hitting fifth. Dodd thrived there going 5 for 5 and just missing the cycle. He had three singles, a double and a triple. Coach Hammack said Jaxon Chaney also swung a good bat Tuesday night. Chaney was 3 for 5 with two doubles, two runs scored and two RBIs. Coach Hammack said the Wildcats also got a couple of big two out hits. Going into Tuesday’s game, Coach Hammack said he hoped the Wildcats could win four of their final six games. With the loss, now they would have to won 4 of 5. He said the Wildcats keep getting help but he said they can’t seem to help themselves. Royse City lost Tuesday night to Texas High. Greenville and Royse City are now tied for fourth. The Wildcats are at the bottom of the district standings with their 2-8 record. Still they are just a game out of fourth place. The Wildcats play Greenville Friday night at Wildcat Park.