Whitehouse head coach Derrick Jenkins mentored a talented but young baseball team this season. The talent got the Wildcats into the State playoffs but inexperience kept Whitehouse from advancing in post-season competition.
Facing College Station, ranked ninth in the State Class-5A poll, Whitehouse fell in the first of a three-game playoff series Thursday, May 3. The Cougars captured the second game to claim the bi-disrict series win. College Station advanced to the area round to face Tomball Memorial.
Also from District 17-5A, Lindale defeated Bryan Rudder in bi-district action (2-3, 10-2, 6-2 game scores) and will play Magnolia in area action. Ennis tripped Temple (0-2, 2-0, 3-1) and will play Georgetown in the next round. A&M Consolidated edged Corsicana (2-4, 6-3, 4-3).
The Cougars shutout Whitehouse 8-0 in the first game, and rallied to edge the Wildcats 7-3 in the second game.
College Station 7, Whitehouse 3
After three scoreless innings to open the contest, the Wildcats plated a run in the fourth inning to take the lead. The Cougars responded with a pair of runs in the fifth inning but Whitehouse regained the lead in the sixth stanza to take a 3-2 advantage into the final frame. College Station rallied for five runs in the top of the period and held Whitehouse scoreless in the bottom of the frame to claim the win.
Freshman Logan Whitfield was the starter for Whitehouse. He pitched for five full innings and into the sixth frame. Whitfield yielded four hits, three walks but no earned runs. He also struck out three. Trent Shelton came in to relieve Whitfield in the sixth frame and he allowed five hits, a walk and three earned runs.
Austin Teel started on the mound for College Station. A single by Ashton Rogers in the fifth inning was the first and only hit he gave up. He yielded three walks and struck out eight. In relief, Tanner McNamara gave up a hit and struck out two. He was credited for the win.
Brandon Quarles was hit by a pitch to advance to first base and he eventually scored in the fourth inning on a College Station error. After Tommy Acker and Jack Clark walked to base in the sixth inning, Skyler Trevino belted a two-run double that cleared the bases and gave the Wildcats a 3-2 edge.
Shelton allowed five singles and a walk in the seventh inning. A Whitehouse error also contributed to the five-run stanza for the Cougars.
Whitehouse was unable to respond with even a single base runner in the bottom of the final frame.
Trevino’s double drove in two runs to lead the offense for the Wildcats. Ashton Rogers slugged a single for the only other Whitehouse hit in the game. Clark and Quarles each reached base twice by a walk and once apiece when they were hit by a pitch.
Quarles also recorded a trio of stolen bases and Clark had one stolen bag. Whitehouse was credited for three errors and the Wildcats left nine on base. The Cougars stranded eight runners and had one error.
CS 0 0 0 0 2 0 5 - 7
WH 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 - 3
College Station 8, Whitehouse 0
Travis Hester was the starting pitcher for the Cougars in the first game of the playoff series. Hester held the Whitehouse offense in check much of the game and he allowed only one hit and three walks in an 8-0 shutout over the Wildcats.
Hester also struck out two. In relief, Jace Hutchins struck out all three batters he faced to retire the side in the seventh inning and pick up a save.
For Whitehouse, Blake Beasley yielded eight hits, five earned runs and two walks as he pitched into the sixth inning. Matt Bundy relieved Beasley in the sixth and he allowed one walk and no hits or earned runs.
Clark’s single in the third inning was the only hit for the Wildcats who did not have a single runner reach second base in the game.
College Station plated a run in the first inning, which proved to be the winning tally. The Cougars added a run in the second frame and a pair of insurance runs in the third stanza. After a scoreless fourth period, College Station pushed a run across home plate in the fifth frame and put the game away with three more runs in the sixth stanza.
Whitehouse left three runners stranded and the team committed six errors. The Cougars did not have an error, but the team left nine runners stranded.
WH 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0
CS 1 1 2 0 1 3 x - 8