Wildcats Baseball Coach Jerrod Hammack said he has built the Wildcats program the past 14 years on pitching the defense and during the last two district games, both wins, that formula has returned.
Tuesday night, April 16, despite only getting one hit, the Wildcats used strong pitching and defense to eke out a 1-0 victory over Mount Pleasant at Wildcat Park.
KSST received some erroneous information concerning Tuesday night’s game. The Wildcats’ Game Changer site indicated two pitchers shared in the Tuesday night shutout. In reality, Will Sims went all seven innings for a complete game four hit shutout. The site also credited Jase Thompson with a ground ball that scored a run. In truth, Sims drove the lone run with a clutch double. Austin Dodd walked, stole second and was balked to third and then scored on Sim’s key hit.
For the second straight game, the Wildcats committed no errors. Coach Hammack said the Wildcats have worked hard on their defense. He senses that the Wildcats confidence level is rising and he says he believes that confidence level is where it needs to be right now.
The victory over Mount Pleasant was very significant in that it gives the Wildcats the tiebreaker over Mount Pleasant, should the two teams end up tied.
The Wildcats are 4-8 in district play. They are one game behind 5-7 Royse City but the Bulldogs have the tiebreaker advantage over the Wildcats.
The Wildcats are two games behind 6-6 Mount Pleasant. The two teams play again Thursday at Mount Pleasant and the Wildcats can reduce the deficit to just one game.
Royse City and Mount Pleasant play each other and Coach Hammack is trying to figure out who he should root for.
The Wildcats have their work cut out for them next week as they will face district leader Texas High, 10-2, at Texarkana next Tuesday and then at Wildcat Park on Senior Night on April 26.