Tigers open district with win
After last year’s district opening loss to Bowie, it took Jacksboro’s varsity baseball squad a while to right the ship as the squad went 2-5 in the opening round of play.
After Monday’s 14-4, five-inning District 8-3A opening victory over visiting Wichita Falls City View, it’s hoped getting off on the right foot may have benefits. Tiger Coach Blake Belcher had similar thoughts.
“We’re 1-0 in district, so I’m happy,” Belcher said following the game, which put the Tigers at 6-7-2 for the campaign. “City View is a better ball club than in the past.”
Senior Hunter Drennan got the win on the mound, allowing eight hits. The senior aided his cause with three of his squad’s 14 hits and a pair of RBIs. Tamell Monroe absorbed the loss for City View.
A Drennan double became a first inning run as Clay Botello singled home courtesy runner Fernando Piedra. Monroe tied the game in the second but it was all Tigers after that, commencing with a four-run second.
A Ty Kennedy walk and Zach Hamm single got things started, the pair moving over on Caleb Nunley’s sacrifice. A groundout plated Kennedy. Lathan Lowrance drew a walk and went to second on a wild pitch.
A wild pitch and Luke Dixon’s infield single made the score 4-1 with another Drennan double plating Dixon. A two-run Tiger third opened with Tyler Harmonson laying down a bunt single.
Hamm drew a one-out walk with Nunley’s single and an error extending the lead to 7-1 and loading the bases before a flyout ended the inning.
Devin Holcomb’s single cut the lead to 7-3 in the fourth where the Purple began to pull away with a seven-run at-bat. Drennan was hit by a pitch to start with two wild pitches and a Botello single bringing home Piedra for an 8-3 lead. A pair of wild pitches and a Harmonson walk put the runners into scoring position.
A Kennedy double plated the duo for a 10-3 lead with a one out wild pitch scoring Kennedy. A Nunley single became a run following Payton Laake’s double. Laake went to third on an error andand came home on Dixon’s two-out single as the lead reached 10 at 13-3.
A Drennan single provided an insurance run with Botello following with another single before the pair were stranded on a groundout.
The insurance run would prove beneficial as a two-out rally cut the deficit back to 10 before a flyout ended the game on mercy rule.
Jacksboro hits the road for Henrietta Wednesday. JV action starts at 11 a.m. with the varsity to follow.