The Bowie Jackrabbits won at Henrietta Tuesday night.
The Jackrabbits beat the Bearcats 9-5 in a game that was closer than the final score later suggested.
Bowie took an early lead in the first inning. The Jackrabbits hit three runs with three straight at-bats in the first inning. Jake Fallis hit an RBI double. Kynan DeMoss hit a flyball to left field that caused an error that drove into a run. Colton Richey then hit an RBI double to give Bowie a 3-0 lead.
Henrietta answered in the same inning. A two-run, two-out home run went over the left field fence to cut the lead to 3-2.
The teams traded scoreless innings in the second and third. In the fourth inning, the Jackrabbits added a run to their lead when Devin Melton sacrificially flyed a run to left field to make it 4-2.
The Bearcats had a response in the same inning, charging bases with no outs. Pitcher Richey attempted to work his way out of the jam by retiring two fielder-choice batters and a fly-out into shallow midfield. Unfortunately, two walk batters drove in two runs to tie the game 4-4. Kaylwer Swearingin came in for relief and pulled the next batter back for the third out.
Bowie immediately regained the lead in the fifth inning. Carson Sanders bunkered for a base hit with a runner who was already on base. A mistake setting up the bunt allowed the runner to score and Sanders to reach third base. He would then score on the next at-bat thanks to a passing play to make it 6-4.
The Jackrabbits continued to extend their lead in the sixth inning. Cade Thompson drove on a line drive single to left field in two runs. Sanders then hit a flyball into left field, resulting in an error that in another run resulted in Bowie’s lead being extended to 9-4.
Henrietta got a runback on an RBI single in the sixth inning to reduce the lead to 9-5 before going into the final inning.
Although the Bearcats got their leading batsman on base with a walk, Swearingin pulled the last three batsmen back with little drama to end the game.
Thompson led Bowie with two RBIs while Richey, Fallis and Melton each drove in one run.
On the mound, Richey put up 3.2 innings while giving up four carries (two earned) on four hits and four walks while striking three. Swearingin came in to pitch the final 3.1 innings and gave up a run (zero earned) on two hits while walking three and striking six.
The Nocona Indians baseball team ended its season Tuesday with a loss to Breckenridge on senior night.
The Buckaroos won 14-0 after five innings due to run rule, although more than half of those runs occurred in the last inning.
By then, Indians defensemen and pitchers Ty Presley and Kooper Hansard Breckenridge limited to three runs in the first inning, two in the third inning, and one in the fourth inning. Only an eight-run avalanche came in the five innings that turned out to be the final nail.
Unfortunately, the Nocona at-bats struggled to make contact or get to base against Breckenridge’s pitcher. The team got no free bases from walks or hit batters while batting 11 times.
The only Indian batter to succeed was Wesley Murphey, who hit singles both times when he was ready to bat.
It has been a difficult season overall for the Nocona baseball program. Much of this can be attributed to the relative youth of the entire team.
Only one senior leaves this team in Hansard, who delivered one of the most stable all-around performances all season wherever it was needed on the field, on the mound, with his racquet or on the base lanes.
The good news on this side is that in theory everyone should come back and be better with another year of growth. Along with the team’s relegation to 2A, coach Zach Denson is excited about what that will mean next year.
The Saint Jo Panthers won both games against Chico on Tuesday when they put up a double-header before the playoffs.
The Panthers beat the Dragons 10-6, 9-4 to also win the district title for them.
Saint Jo led most of the first game, with six of his runs coming in the second inning. With a 7-6 lead going into the final inning, the Panthers extended their lead by scoring three runs to win with some breathing room and momentum going into the next game.
Jace Johnson and Payton Harris each drove in two heats to lead the team. Collin Thomas got the mound start and had a tough 3 innings giving up six runs (four earned) on 10 hits. Trevor Conner and Harris came for pitch relief and didn’t give up runs the rest of the way.
In the second game, Chico was up 4-0 in the fourth inning. Saint Jo scored two runs in the same inning, three in the fifth to take the lead and four more in the sixth to extend the lead to 9-4 in the final inning. There the Panther defense held firm to secure victory.
Matthew Butler-Everson and Johnson each drove in two heats to lead the team. Brice Durham got the start and gave up four runs (three earned) in the first 3.1 innings. Harris walked in to relief and didn’t give up runs the rest of the way.
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