Wildcats Baseball 4, Texas High 2
Things looked bleak for the Wildcats’ baseball team as they came to bat in the top of the seventh inning Tuesday night, April 23, at Texas High. Texas High had just scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to take a 2-1 lead and they were just three outs away from a win.
The Wildcats managed only six hits in the game but, they got four of them in a big seventh inning rally that carried them to victory.
Jaxon Chaney led off the seventh with a single. Kamren Harrison followed with a single to put runners on first and second. Then, Chaney and Harrison executed a double steal to put runners on third and second. Austin Dodd’s huge single into center field drove home both Chaney and the fleet-footed Harrison, and the Wildcats were up 3-2. Later, Will Sims drove a ball into the left field corner for a double that easily scored Dodd from third base.
Texas High went three up and three down in the bottom of the seventh and the Wildcats won, 4-2. Jaxon Chaney got the Wildcats into the scoring column with a home run over the right center field wall to make it a 1-0 game in the top of the fourth. That run was enough until the Tigers’ sixth inning rally.
Will Sims pitched well for the Wildcats, getting a complete game win. In seven innings, Sims allowed the Tigers only six hits and two unearned runs. Sims issued no walks and struck out 4.
The Texas High loss not only spoiled their Senior Night but, also dropped the Tigers into a first place tie with Lindale. Both have 10-4 records. The Eagles own the tiebreaker over the Tigers in their head to head series.
The Wildcats win improved their district record to 6-8. They are now tied for fourth place with Royse City. However, the Bulldogs own the tiebreaker against the Wildcats.
Mount Pleasant is in third place at 7-7, after defeating Royse City Tuesday night. Lindale defeated Greenville, 3-11 in district play, Tuesday night.
Depending how they do Friday night at Wildcat Park against Texas High, the Wildcats can finish third, fourth or fifth in the standing and either in or out of the playoffs. One thing is certain. The Wildcats must win Friday night to have any hope of getting into the playoffs.