The early season success of the Wildcats Baseball Team is being fueled by solid pitching performances. Thursday, March 5, on the first day of the 2020 Raider Classic at Wylie East High School, the Wildcats got a 0-0 tie with Frisco Liberty and, then, edged past Dallas Lake Highlands, 3-2. On Friday, the Wildcats will play North Forney at 12:30 p.m. If the Wildcats win, they will play Frisco Liberty at 5:30 p.m. All games are at Wylie East High School.
In the Wildcats first game Thursday, both pitchers dominated. The Wildcats managed only 3 hits and Liberty had only 2. The Wildcats made the game’s only error. Wildcat Jaxon Chaney, a Ouachita Baptist commit, only required 79 pitches to go 7 innings, allowing 2 hits and no runs, with 4 strikeouts and 2 walks.
Chaney, Will Sims and Kolson Hale all got a hit for the Wildcats. Chaney, Jace Evans and Aidan Walker all drew a walk. Jake Davis was hit by a pitch. After 7 scoreless innings, the game was declared a tie to keep the tournament schedule on time.
In their second game of the day, the Wildcats used one good inning to squeeze by Lake Highlands. Lake Highlands scored first in the top of the second inning to take a 1-0 lead. The Wildcats scored 3 runs in the bottom of the third to go up, 3-1. Lake Highlands got a single run in the top of the fifth, but the Wildcats shut them down the rest of the way, for the 3-2 win.
Will Sims only needed 91 pitches to go 7 innings and get the complete game win. Sims allowed only 5 hits an 1 earned run with 2 strikeouts and no walks.
The Wildcats won despite being outhit 5 to 3. In the big Wildcats third inning, Hale had the big hit, a double, that drove home two runs. Davis and Blake Vice also had hits for the Wildcats. Third inning runs were scored by Davis, Matthew Singleton and Brenden Lynn. Lynn also drew a walk. Chaney was hit by a pitch.
The Wildcats season record is now 5-2-1.