Wildcats sweep Indians, edge Panthers

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Whitehouse breezed through a two-game series with Jacksonville and added a non-district victory over Lufkin in varsity diamond action last week.

The Wildcats, who improved to 16-4 for the season and 3-1 in District 17-5A competition, were slated to host Nacogdoches Tuesday, April 10, and are scheduled to play at Nacogdoches Friday, April 13. The first pitch will be at 7 p.m.

Whitehouse will play another non-district game when the Wildcats host White Oak at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 14. The next district series will be with Corsicana, which will start at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 17, at Corsicana.

Whitehouse 6, Lufkin 4

The Wildcats were able to take advantage of a break-down by Carson Reeves, who came into the game in the seventh inning as the Lufkin relief pitcher.

Reeves yielded a double to Jack Clark to start the inning and by the time the frame ended, Reeves walked two batters and hit four other batters while on the mound. As a result, Whitehouse was able to rally for four runs in the top of the final stanza to win the game 6-4.

Whitehouse was never behind in the contest after Jack Halford walked and later scored in the top of the first frame. Starting pitcher Zach Graham and the Whitehouse defense kept the Panthers scoreless in the first three innings.

Whitehouse improved to a 2-0 lead in the top of the fourth stanza. On a double by Tommy Acker, Blake Beasley scored to push the lead to two runs.

Graham gave up his first hit of the game in the bottom of the inning. Lufkin shortstop Davis Powell ripped a double to dive in a run. The Panthers knotted the game at two in the bottom of the fifth frame after holding the Wildcats scoreless in the top of the stanza. Lufkin right fielder Nolan Collins smacked a double and two Whitehouse errors contributed to the run.

Whitehouse loaded the bases in the sixth inning but Halford flied out to end the threat. Logan Whitfield relieved Graham on the mound and one Lufkin batter reached base via a walk in the bottom of the stanza but was unable to advance past second base.

That set up the seventh inning rally by the Wildcats, who started the frame with a double off the bat of Clark. After a Lufkin error allowed another base runner, Reeves hit the next three batters with a pitch. After Reeves yielded a walk, he hit another batter with a pitch and walked one more. The result was four Whitehouse runs and a 6-2 lead.

With Matt Bundy in on relief for Whitehouse, Lufkin was able to rally for a couple of runs. Bundy was a bit shaky at first and he allowed two consecutive singles and he hit the third batter with a pitch. Bundy settled down and yielded only one single to the final four batters he faced.

Acker paced the offense with a double and he drove in two runs.

Graham pitched for five innings and he yielded two hits, one earned run and two walks, and he struck out four. Whitfield was credited for the win and he walked one and struck out one in an inning of labor on the mound. Bundy, who yielded three hits and two runs, was credited for a save.

Reeves picked up the loss for Lufkin. He walked two and gave up one hit and three earned runs. Henson, the starter, walked three, struck out one and yielded one hit in three innings.

Whitehouse finished with three hits, and the Wildcats struck out three times and reached base eight times via a walk. Whitehouse left a dozen on base and committed one error.

The Panthers, who left six on base, committed one error.

WH 1 0 0 1 0 0 4 -6

LU 0 0 0 1 1 0 2 -4

Whitehouse 10, Jacksonville 5

Skyler Trevino belted a triple and two doubles and reached base a fourth time via a walk to help lead Whitehouse to a 10-5 district victory over Jacksonville.

Trevino drove in two runs and Clark smashed a triple and hit a single and drove in three runs to highlight the Whitehouse offense. Halford, who ripped a double and a single, also drove in a run and the Wildcats collected a dozen hits.

The Indians actually led 2-0 after Trent Shelton yielded a pair of singles and two walks in the first inning. Shelton got some help from the offense when Trevino slugged a triple in the first inning on a full-count.

Shelton settled down and did not allow a hit through the next three innings. Meanwhile, Whitehouse added a run in the third inning to take the lead, 3-2, for the first time in the game.

The Indians tied the contest at 3-3 with a run on the strength of a single in the fifth stanza. Shelton yielded a double in the sixth frame but the defense held the damage to a minimum and Jacksonville was unable to take advantage of the hit.

In the bottom of the sixth period, the first eight Whitehouse batters reached base. Five singles, a trio of walks and Trevino’s double contributed to seven runs and the Wildcats advanced to the seventh inning with a 10-3 advantage.

Shelton gave up a single and a couple of walks in the top of the seventh inning but Jacksonville was held to two runs to end the game. Shelton pitched the entire game and allowed six hits, three earned runs and four walks. He fanned five batters.

Canyon Theil started for the Indians. He allowed 11 hits, eight earned runs and four walks. He struck out one.

Whitehouse, which left nine on base, committed four errors. Jacksonville left six on base and the Indians were credited with one error.

JV 2 0 0 0 1 0 2 -5

WH 2 0 1 0 0 7 x -10

Whitehouse 14, Jacksonville 1

Brandon Quarles and Trevino each blasted a pair of doubles and Michael Raabe smacked a trio of singles to help lead the Wildcats to a 14-1 victory over Jacksonville.

While the final score does not reflect it, the Indians led 1-0 after one inning of play. That edge did not last long.

In the top of the second stanza, Whitehouse exploded for a dozen runs. Raabe slugged two singles and Quarles, Trevino and Beasley each slapped a double to pace the Wildcats at the plate. Four Whitehouse batters walked to base in the frame as well.

Beasley and Bundy kept the Jacksonville batters under control. Beasley allowed the only two hits by the Indians, and each struck out a batter.

The Wildcats collected 10 hits, left seven on base and committed no errors. The Indians left two on base and were charged for three errors.

WH 0 12 1 1 0-14

JV 1 0 0 0 0 -1

Ennis 5, Whitehouse 4

Good Ennis pitching kept the Whitehouse offense guessing in the first game of this series and continued to do so in the second game.

The Wildcats were able to take advantage of Ennis errors to pull out a win in the first game but held on tight to post a 5-4 victory over Whitehouse in earlier district competition.

Halford smacked a single in the first inning and Clark’s double in the second inning highlighted the Whitehouse offense. The Wildcats plated a run in the first and added two more in the second to take a 3-0 lead.

Ennis scored a run in the bottom of the second frame and used three singles, a bunt and a walk to plate three runs in the third period to take a 4-3 lead. Raabe hit a single and scored to knot the game at 4-4 in the top of the fourth period, but Ennis was able to regain the lead with a run in the bottom of the inning.

Quarles was the starter for the Wildcats and he allowed eight hits, five earned runs and four walks. In relief for two innings, Shelton yielded two walks and he struck out one. Quarles fanned two batters.

Jarron Honza started for Ennis and in six inning he allowed three hits, one earned run and one walk. He also struck out seven. Drew Graham did not give up a hit or a walk in an inning of relief, and he struck out two. Whitehouse had two errors and left eight on base. Ennis had three errors and left 10 on board.

WH 1 2 0 1 0 0 0 -4

EN 0 1 3 1 0 0 x -5

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