Wildcats ready to make run in playoffs

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The Wildcats are poised to enter the State playoffs.

Whitehouse will conclude the two-game series with Corsicana at 7 p.m. Friday, April 21, and will finish the regular season with a two-game series with Lindale next week. The first game will be Tuesday, April 25, at Lindale, and the Wildcats will host the season finale with Lindale Friday, April 28. Both games are scheduled to start at 7 p.m.

A sweep over Nacogdoches last week left Whitehouse with a 5-1 District 17-5A record. The Wildcats also improved to 17-5-1 for the season.

Whitehouse 10, Nacogdoches 0

Patrick Miner had an outstanding outing on the mound and the Whitehouse defense was near perfect. Miner struck out eight in five innings, including at least one batter in each frame. He only allowed two hits, both singles, and he did not yield a walk. Only one Nacogdoches base runner got past first, and he was left stranded on third in the last inning. Very few hits by the Dragons even got through the infield.

Fiver Trimble helped pace the offense with a triple and a single, and he drove in three runs. After two scoreless innings, Whitehouse plated five runs in the third inning, and a four-run fifth inning provided most of the damage.

Clayton Pruitt smashed a double and reached base on a pair of walks, and Brandon Quarles and Connor Cleark each ripped a pair of singles. Mason House and Skyler Triveno each hit a single. Tanner Roach, Clark and Quarles each drove in two runs.

Triston Smith was on the mound for four innings for Nacogodches. He struck out four, walked three and yielded four earned runs and six hits.

Whitehouse 13, Nacogdoches 0

Bryce Cundieff was equally strong on the mound for Whitehouse in the earlier game. He pitched four shutout innings during which he did not allow a run and struck out eight. He fanned all three Nacogdoches batters in the second inning. He allowed a first-inning single and gave up a double in the fourth inning, but both runners were left on base. He also did not give up a single walk.

In an inning of relief, Jonathan Reyes fanned one, walked one and did not give up a hit.

Despite the strong pitching performance by Cundieff, it was difficult not to notice the offense. House belted yet another home run, Roach ripped a double and hit two singles, Clark slugged a double and a single, Pruitt smacked a trio of singles, Trevino smacked a double and Quarles hit two singles.

Overall, the Wildcats were responsible for 14 hits. Pruitt and Roach each drove in three runs.

Whitehouse posted the third consecutive shutout win with the sweep over the Dragons, and the Wildcats have outscored their district opponents 51-8.

Corsicana is the defending District 17-5A champion, but a sweep over the Tigers this week could put the Wildcats in the fast lane to claim the title in 2017.

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