Wildcats Baseball Team’s Season Ends With Pitchers’ Duel Loss to Joshua Saturday
The Wildcats’ baseball team saw their season come to an end as they lost 3-1 to Joshua in the decisive third game of their Area series at Rockwall Saturday afternoon. Pacen Edwards deserved a better fate for the Wildcats taking the pitching loss despite allowing one earned run and three hits over six innings. Edwards struck out five and walked two. Joshua got a well pitched game from junior Zach Peters who won the pitchers’ duel going seven innings allowing one run and four hits while striking out 13 and walking one. The Owls scored first getting two unearned runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. Their first two runners in the inning got on on errors. The second one was controversial. On a ball hit to third baseman Will Sims, he threw to first where first baseman Jaxon Chaney stretched and appeared to catch the ball with his foot on the bag before coming off the bag. The first base umpire, just feet from the play, ruled it an out. Joshua appealed to the home plate umpire, who observing the play from 90-feet away, overruled the first base umpire. The extra base runner made a difference. The next Owls’ hitter singled driving home a run. The Owls’ second run came home as the Wildcats turned a double play from second to short to first. Joshua added an insurance run in the bottom of the six to go up 3-0. They had a single, fielder’s choice and an RBI triple. The Wildcats scored their lone run in the top of the seventh. Kamren Harrison opened the inning with a double. Jase Thompson’s one out triple drove in Harrison. The Wildcats end the season with an 18-12 record.