Wildcats Baseball Coach Jerrod Hammack said he found lots of reasons for optimism concerning his Wildcats’ baseball team after their opening tournament, the Rose City Classic in Tyler last Thursday through Saturday. Coach Hammack said two of the Wildcats five opponents were Class 6A teams and all five were playoff teams last year. Coach Hammack said last year’s JV ace pitcher Hayden Hurst pitched a solid game in the Wildcats’ opening, 10-2 win over Lindale. He said the one negative was the team’s lack of competitiveness in a 7-2 loss to host Tyler Lee. Coach Hammack said he expressed his concerns with the team after the Lee loss. He said the team was much more competitive Friday in a 7-6 loss to Hallsville. He said the Wildcats came from behind three times before the Bobcats finally prevailed. Coach Hammack said the Wildcats had quite a day Saturday getting a pair of pitching shutouts against good teams Waxahachie and Forney. Jake Davis with help from Austin Crouse shut out the Indians, 1-0. Jaxon Chaney got the shutout, 3-0 over Forney. Coach Hammack said he thought pitching would be the strength of this team. He said the Wildcats hitting is a little behind right now because of rained out scrimmages and the wet weather that has kept the Wildcats from seeing much live pitching outside before the tournament.
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