Texas High won its District 15-5A baseball opener at Tiger Field Wednesday night over Greenville, 11-4.
“It was kind of like the game with Longview last week,” said Tiger mentor John McClure. “We got four runs on them, and they came back with four of their own. We’ve got to learn to shut a team out after having a big inning.”
The Tigers struggled at the plate, managing only two hits out of the infield, and five total. Ten walks and two Greenville errors were the biggest factors in Texas High’s offensive production.
“It was good to see us score a lot of runs,” said McClure. “All of their runs could have been prevented. We dropped a ball that we should catch one hundred out of a hundred times. Better teams will make you pay for those kind of mistakes. Greenville is very much improved, and we’ve got to play them two more times.”
Texas High pitchers Michael Sikorski and Connor Allred performed well. The Lions had nine hits, but they were scattered. Sikorski got the win, making his exit with two outs in the sixth. The Tigers’ two pitchers combined for seven strikeouts.
The Tigers’ next action will be in Shreveport with doubleheaders Friday and Saturday against Airline, Captain Shreve, Parkway and Haughton.
Hawks pound Pittsburg in 5 innings
PITTSBURG, Texas – Ben Harmon hit a solo home run to start Pleasant Grove’s first inning. The Hawks never let up, pounding Pittsburg in their District 15-4A opener in five innings, 14-3.
Nick Voyles pitched a complete game for the win, allowing three hits and striking out four.
Tucker Anderson led the Hawks with a double and single, driving in four runs. Jackson Cobb had two hits, and drove in a run. Dylan Hopkins drove in two runs with a double, and Parker Twisdale plated two more with a single. Keaton Russo, Ryan Galvan and Andrew LeGrand had one hit each.
Pleasant Grove improves to 7-3 overall. The Hawks play Arkansas High Thursday at 2:30 p.m. in the Dugan Ward Memorial Tournament at Ashdown.
L-E wins district opener over Paris
PARIS, Texas – Winning pitcher Ben Witterstaetter chalked up six strikeouts in the first five innings, and Blake Carter got the save in Liberty-Eylau’s 5-4 win over Paris.
Gage Stanley drove home two runs with two singles for the Leopards (1-7-2, 1-0). Mathew O’Neal contributed two singles, while Marzavin Riles scored twice with a triple. Kevin Garza had a double for the winners.
Lady Leopards defeat Atlanta, 6-2
Isabella Gunderson allowed two runs and struck out four Wednesday in seven innings to lead Liberty-Eylau.
The Lady Leopards’ crafty pitcher had all kinds of support at the plate.
L-E banged out 10 hits, with Savannah Phelps contributing a triple, double and single. She scored a run, and drove in another. Keeley Norris had a triple and single, scoring twice, and driving home a pair of runs. Laila Pegue added two singles, scoring a run and plating another.