Tigers split pair in Archer City
ARCHER CITY – When you’re 1-6-1, a split of a doubleheader is cause for hope.
Jacksboro’s varsity baseball team brought that record into the opening day of the Windthorst Tournament Thursday and wound up going 1-1 in the two games, losing a 10-9 heartbreaker to Archer City in the opener before rebounding with an 8-2 win over future district rival Breckenridge in the nightcap.
A summary of both contests follows:
Archer City 10, Jacksboro 9
The Tigers clawed their way back from an 8-2 deficit over the final two innings only to lose to the ‘Cats in the bottom of the last frame.
The visitors began the comeback with a two-out rally in the fifth. Payton Laake doubled while Clay Botello drew a walk. Both came home as Ty Kennedy doubled and reached third on an error.
Luke Dixon cut the deficit to 8-5 with a double of his own. A walk to Caleb Nunley and Fernando Piedra being plunked by a pitch filled the bases. Jacob Hull being hit by another pitch and a wild pitch scored two more runs to cut the deficit to 8-7 before a popout to shortstop ended the threat.
Archer would add a run in the bottom of the fifth but Clay Botello’s two-run homer to center, the first of the day for the senior, tied the game at nine in the sixth. Kennedy looked to break the deadlock with a one-out single but the next two hitters were retired to keep the game tied.
Dixon came on in relief of Piedra to start the inning but an error, two stolen bases, and a perfect bunt allowed the winning run to score.
Jacksboro took a 1-0 lead in the first as Lathan Lowrance doubled and scored on Laake’s sac fly. Archer City scored four runs in the bottom of the frame. The Tigers loaded the bases in the second as Kennedy opened with a single and went to third on Dixon’s one-hop double off the wall in right center.
A one-out walk to Piedra filled the bases with Lowrance being hit by a two-out pitch plating Kennedy. A strikeout ended the rally. A three-run Wildcat second and a single run in the third set the stage for the comeback.
Jacksboro 8, Breckenridge 2
The Tigers’ 13-hit attack and three Buckaroo miscues gave Jacksboro its second win of the campaign and snapped a two-game skid.
A four-run Tiger first opened with back-to-back doubles by Lowrance and Laake, plating the former. Botello then came through with his second homer of the day, another laser shot to center, for a 3-0 lead.
Dixon kept the drive alive by beating out an infield single and reaching third on a wild pitch and an error before another miscue, which brought Nunley aboard, scored him.
Harmonson opened the Tiger second by reaching on an error with singles by Kennedy and Lowrance filling the pond. Laake’s groundout and a Botello single plated a pair for a 6-0 lead before a fly to right ended the rally.
Botello cruised on the mound, allowing five hits and fanning six. Laake’s double and a Botello single brought home a fourth-inning run with Nunley’s homer ending the Tiger scoring in the fifth.
Breck (3-5) struck for its only two runs in the fifth with hits by Riley Durham, Jonas Arellano and Tristan Garcia accounting for the offense.
Jacksboro has games today at 2 vs. Peaster and at 6 p.m. vs. Lindsay and Saturday at 2 p.m. vs. Gunter and 6 p.m. vs. Stamford. All games are at the Windthorst field.