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Wildcats Baseball Team Earns Way Into Tourney Championship Game With Two Wins Friday

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Another day provided two more strong pitching performances for the suddenly red hot Wildcats Baseball Team. On the second day of the three-day Wylie East 2020 Raider Classic on Friday, March 6, the Wildcats topped North Forney 5-1 and, then, bested Frisco Liberty, 6-1.

Vs. North Forney

Against North Forney, Wildcats winning pitcher Hayden Hurst baffled the Falcons, going 6 innings while allowing only 2 hits and no runs, with 3 strikeouts and no walks. Jerrod Ratliff pitched the seventh, allowing 1 hit and 1 run with a walk.

The Wildcats outhit the Falcons, 5-3. The Wildcats jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. The Wildcats added two more runs in the bottom of the fifth to go up, 5-0. North Forney could only manage a single run in the top of the seventh.

Will Sims had a good game at the plate going 2 for 3 with 2 runs scored, a stolen base and an RBI. Jake Davis was 1 for 2 with a run scored and a walk. Austin Crouse was 1 for 3 with an RBI. Hurst was 1 for 2 with a double and a walk. Jaxon Chaney had an RBI, a walk and scored a run. Kolson Hale walked and scored a run.

Frisco Liberty

Against Frisco Liberty, in a rematch of the scoreless tie on Thursday, Wildcats winning pitcher Jake Davis was masterful on the mound, needing only 90 pitches to go 7 innings, allowing only 4 hits and 1 run while striking out 4 and walking 4.

The Wildcats pounded out 10 hits. Frisco Liberty actually scored first, nicking Davis for a run in the bottom of the first inning. The Wildcats tied the game 1-1 in the top of the third, went ahead 2-1 in the fourth and, then, added 2 more runs in both the fifth and seventh innings for the 6-1 win.

Chaney swung a good bat going 3 for 4 with 3 runs scored and with an RBI. Chaney also had a double. Sims was 2 for 4 with a run scored and also hit a double and a triple. Matthew Singleton was 1 for 3 with a run scored. Jaden Janway was 1 for 2 with a run scored. Davis and Aiken Owens were both 1 for 4 with an RBI. Crouse was 1 for 4. Alex Medina worked a walk. Hale was hit by a pitch.

Saturday Game

The Wildcats season record is now 7-2-1. The Wildcats now play in the tournament championship game against Dallas Lake Highlands Saturday at 3 p.m.

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Author: Faith Huffman

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