The Wildcats Baseball Team struggled on the mound and in the batters box in an 8-3 loss at Longview Tuesday night. Longview used two big innings to win the game.
The Lobos scored 5 runs in the bottom of the second and 3 more runs in the bottom of the fourth. The Wildcats managed a pair of runs in the top of the fourth and 1 more in the top of the fifth. The Lobos outhit the Wildcats, 10-3.
Kaden Wallace was the starting pitcher and he took the loss going 1 2/3 innings allowing 4 hits and 5 runs with 3 strikeouts and 2 walks. He also hit 3 batters. Matthew Sherman followed and went 1 2/3 innings giving up 2 hits and 3 runs with 2 strikeouts and 3 walks. Hector Martinez finished up pitching 2 2/3 innings allowing 4 hits and no runs with 5 strikeouts and a walk. With the bats, Blake Vice nearly hit a home run that bounced off the left field wall and he got a double. Dawson Carpenter also doubled right down the third base line. Matthew Singleton beat out an infield ground ball.
Two Wildcats runs scored from third base when Lobo pitching delivered 2 wild pitches that got away from the catcher. A third run was the result of a well executed double steal that allowed Singleton to steal home.
The Longview win gives them sole possession of second place with a 5-2 district record. The Wildcats and Texas High, who lost to Marshall Tuesday, tumble into a third place tie with 4-3 district records. Marshall is just one game behind at 3-4.
The Wildcats season record is 7-13. Next the Wildcats take on Mount Pleasant Friday night at Wildcat Park.