Whitehouse sweeps Indians in loop play

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After a split with their first District 17-5A opponent, the Wildcats swept Jacksonville outscoring the Indians 19-1 in their two-game series last week.

The second game played Friday, April 7, was tight through the first four innings before Whitehouse plated three runs to finally take the lead. The Wildcats added three insurance runs in the sixth inning and pitchers Patrick Miner and Clayton Pruitt and the defense held the Indians scoreless for a 6-0 victory.

In the first game with Jacksonville last week, the Wildcats pounded a dozen hits, including triples by Mason House and Connor Clark to quickly put the game out of reach. Whitehouse coasted to a 13-1 victory.

Whitehouse was slated to play at Nacogdoches Tuesday, April 11, and the Wildcats will host the Dragons at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 13.

Whitehouse 6, Jacksonville 0

Miner and the defense retired the side to start the top of the first inning, and Tanner Roach set the tone early with a lead-off single for the Wildcats in the bottom of the stanza. Clark reached base after he was hit by a pitch and Pruitt walked to load up the bases, but Whitehouse was unable to score and left all three stranded on base.

An error and a walk put two base-runners on for Jacksonville in the second frame, but the defense held firm and Miner got the final batter to swing for the third strike to end the threat.

There were no Jacksonville base-runners from the third through the sixth innings.

The Wildcats, on the other hand, put several on base but had a difficult time scoring. Jonathan Reyes walked to start the second inning and Zach Taylor hit a single, but the pair were left stranded at third and second when the inning ended. Clark smacked a one-out single in the third inning and Pruitt followed with a walk, but again, both were left on base with no runs scored.

After a very short fourth inning that including both teams sending just three to the plate, Miner and the defense followed by retiring the side in the fifth stanza. In the bottom of the frame, Miner walked after House grounded out. Clark reached on an error and Pruitt walked. Skyler Trevino slugged a single to score a run and by the time the dust settled, Whitehouse took advantage with three runs.

Miner struck out two in the top of the sixth inning and the Indians had three up and three down. Taylor walked to start the bottom of the inning, and Roach and House followed with a double and a single, respectively. Clark also ripped a double and Pruitt walked which helped push three more runs across home plate.

Trailing by six runs, the Indians needed to rally in the top of the seventh inning. Pruitt relieved Miner on the mound and quickly struck out the first batter. After he issued a walk, he caught the next Jacksonville batter looking at the third strike. To add insult to injury, Pruitt struck out the next batter as well.

The Wildcats loaded the bases in the bottom of the final inning after Bryce Cundieff walked and Victor Vera smacked a single. That was the highlight of the inning during which no runs were recorded.

Roach and Clark paced the offense as each belted a double and added a single.

Miner struck out eight and did not allow a walk. He yielded one hit, a single. Pruitt struck out three and gave up one walk.

For the loss, Robinson allowed four hits, three earned runs and five walks. He struck out two.

Whitehouse left a dozen on base, while Jacksonville stranded three. The Wildcats committed two errors and the Indians had one error.

Whitehouse 13, Jacksonville 1

Cundieff hurled an outstanding game that included a dozen strikeouts and only one hit, a double. Cundieff struck out the side in the first inning and recorded three strikeouts in both the fourth and fifth innings.

During the first three innings, only two Indians reached first base.

Whitehouse, meanwhile, plated two runs in the first inning. Roach started the game with a walk as he did in the second game with Jacksonville. House ripped a triple to score Roach. Fiver Trimble and Brandon Rossiter each walked and Trimble scored. House was caught trying to steal home.

Cundieff and the defense retired the side in the top of the second inning.

Whitehouse added three runs in the second frame. Brandon Quarles opened the rally with a single, Pruitt bunted to reach, and Roach and House followed with singles.

Cundieff hit one batter with a pitch in the bottom of the frame, but the runner was thrown out on a fielder’s choice. Two strikeouts by Cundieff kept the Indians off the scoreboard.

The Wildcats picked up in the third inning where they left off in the second frame. Clark slugged a triple and scored moments later when Miner belted a double. Quarles walked and Trevino drove in Miner with a single. Pruitt also singled and two Jacksonville errors led to more runs. The six runs pushed the Whitehouse lead to 11-0.

Cundieff allowed the only hit by the Indians in the top of the fourth stanza. A double and a walk put two on board, but both were left stranded on base.

Quarles, Triveno and Trimble each hit singles in the bottom of the fourth inning. Whitehouse added two more runs to post a 13-0 advantage.

Cundieff struck out three batters in the top of the fifth inning, but he also hit two batters with a pitch and yielded two walks which resulted in the one Jacksonville run. With the lead, Whitehouse did not bat in the bottom of the inning and the game was called.

House paced the offense. He reached base all four times at bat, including a triple and a single, he walked once and also reached on an error. Clark also belted a triple, Miner smashed a double and Quarles and Triveno each hit two singles. House, Quarles, Triveno and Pruitt each drove in two runs.

Each team left six on base, and Jacksonville committed four errors. The Wildcats were perfect in the field.

Cundieff allowed the one hit, a double, one earned runs and three walks to go along with his dozen strikeouts. Tucker pitched three innings for Jacksonville, and he allowed nine hits, 10 earned runs and four walks. He did not record a strikeout.

Whitehouse improved to 15-5-1 for the season and 3-1 in District 17-5A competition.

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