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Boys of Spring racked up three more wins now 17-5-1

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The Kennedale Wildcats are rolling through District 7-4A adding an extra inning win over Castleberry and a drilling of Diamond Hill last weekend. Then on Tuesday evening, the Cats pulled off an upset win over non-district opponent 5A Denton, 13-3. {{more: continue …}}
The two district wins move Kennedale to 9-0 in district play and those wins combined with the Denton victory make the Cats 17-5-1 overall.
Castleberry fell three games behind the league leading Wildcats. However, it was a close game that went in an extra inning before the Cats pulled out a 2-1 win over the Lions last Friday. But on Saturday, the Cats got plenty of batting practice in the the 26 hit pounding of Diamond Hill-Jarvis 31-0 on Saturday. The biggest surprise, however of these three games, was the ease that Kennedale had in defeating Denton on Tuesday.? The Broncos were never really in the game.

Game Summaries ?

Castleberry ? Friday April 13 (W) 2-1?
  • Castleberry, fighting for second place in district play, scored one run in the first inning and held Kennedale to just one run through 7 innings of play. It was an error that scored Bryce Hackett in the bottom of the 8th for the walk-off win.?
  • Kennedale won 2-1 in a nine hit, no error game. Getting strong performances on the mound, Kennedale pitchers allowed just 1 run on four hits while getting 14 strike outs.??
  • Jared Taylor for Kennedale earned the win in relief. Facing 9 batters in 2.2 innings on the mound, Taylor threw 33 times getting 22 strikes (.667) and striking out 4 with no hits and no runs.?
  • Starting pitcher, Bryce Hackett faced 21 batters, throwing 56 strikes in 98 pitches (.571) while striking out 10 and allowing 1 run on 4 hits.?
  • At the plate, Aaron Herrera was 3 for 4 with a double and 1 RBI. Cade Thompson was 1/2 with 2 walks. Reed Saenz was 1/4 with a run scored. Ethan Wood was 2/3. B Hackett had a RBI off a walk. Austin Crabtree and C Thompson, each had a stolen base.
Diamond Hill – Saturday, April 14 (W) 31-0
  • The Cats scored in huge numbers in this game, making 8 runs in the 1st, 9 in the 2nd and 14 in the third finishing the game with 26 hits and 31 runs with one error.?
  • Diamond Hill had 2 hits, no run and 9 errors.?
  • Jared Taylor with the 2 hitter earned the win going 5 innings throwing 72 pitches with 45 strikes (.625), allowing no runs with 7 strikeouts while walking 2.?
  • Ten Wildcats had hits in the game. Bryce Hackett was the big man at the plate going 4-6 with 5 RBIs, a triple and 5 runs scored. Aaron Herrera continues to be the most consistent hitter for Kennedale was 3-5 with 4 RBIs and 3 runs scored. Blake Taylor was a perfect 4-4 at the plate with 4 RBIs. Brandon Jones ended up 3-5 with 3 RBIs and 4 runs scored. Jared Taylor went 3-5 with 3 RBIs and a run scored. Luke Michener was 2-4, 2 RBIs along with Cade Thompson 3-5 with 2 RBIs and scored 3 times. Reed Saenz hit a 2 RBI double while he scored 4 times. Austin Crabtree went 2-5 with a RBI while scoring 5 runs. Ethan Wood went 1-1.
  • Kennedale was all over the bases with Crabtree stealing 3, JD Padgett taking 2 and Herrera, Hackett and Thompson with 1 apiece.?
Denton ? Tuesday, April 17 (W) 13-3
  • The Kennedale 4A Wildcats paid a visit to 5A Denton (16-10-1) this past Tuesday and expertly handled the Broncos. The visiting Wildcats were not intimidated as they garnered 17 hits and 13 runs while committing no errors and left with a resounding 13-3 win.?
  • The Cats scored 4 in the second, 4 in the third, 3 in the third and 2 in the fifth to ten run rule the Broncos and end the game after 5 innings. Denton was limited to 3 runs on 6 hits with 1 error ? all 3 runs came in the 3rd inning.?
  • The strong arm of the Cats’ Jared Taylor earned the win by throwing 55 strikes in 79 pitches (.696), striking out 4, walking none while allowing 6 hits and three runs. Taylor got 11 ground/fly outs.?
  • Kennedale bats were booming as they collected a double, two triples and one home-run in the 17 hits barrage with eight different Wildcats connecting.?
  • Bryce Hackett and Brandon Jones were 4 for 4 at the plate with Hackett getting 3 RBI along with a triple while scoring twice. Jones had 1 RBI, a double and scored three times. Jared Taylor walked twice, hit a single and earned 3 RBIs. Aaron Herrera was 2-4 with 2 RBIs, an in-the-park homerun while scoring twice. Luke Michener earned 2 RBIs with a triple and walked once in his two trips to the plate.?
  • Other Cat hitters included Austin Crabtree with a RBI off a single; Cade Thompson 2-4 & a walk; and, Reed Saenz 2-3 with 2 runs scored plus a walk. Getting stolen bases in the game were Crabtree, Hackett and Thompson.
The Wildcats play Lake Worth this evening in a 7:30 game at Jet Teague Ballpark at Kennedale High School. After tonight, Kennedale will have just two district games left to play.

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