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Friday, December 4, 2020

Cats move on after sweep of Glen Rose in bi-district playoff series

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Take on Vernon beginning Thursday ?

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The Kennedale Wildcats (22-6-1) pounded the Glen Rose Tigers Saturday by out hitting the home team 13 to 2 and in the process rang up 11 runs to just one by Glen Rose. {{more: continue …}}?

Wildcat Bryce Hackett

pitched a two hit, one run game striking out 15 in 11-1 win over Glen Rose (photos:

TX Toros)

The 11-1 victory combined with an earlier 10-3 win last Thursday gave the Wildcats their first bi-district title in three years.?

Kennedale will now move on to UIL Area play to take on the Vernon Lions. The Lions defeated? Brownwood (17-11, 5-5) in bi-district play last week. Brownwood was the third seed out of District 5-4A, a district that was won by Abilene Wylie (20-3-1, 7-0). Vernon (14-9-2, 6-2) finished 2nd in District 6-4A behind Iowa Park (21-1, 8-0).
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Schedule for area game …?
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The Wildcats will play a best 2 of 3 series starting with a game on Thursday, May 12 at Abilene Christian in Abilene (6:00 p.m.) with game two set for Saturday, May 12 in Graham at Graham High School at 1 p.m. Game three, if needed, will follow at 30 minutes after Game Two at Graham HS.
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Glen Rose game story ??
  • It was the first two innings that broke Glen Rose’s will. Kennedale took an early 2-0 lead in the top of the first, thanks in part to a double by Aaron Herrera that scored Austin Crabtree. Later, a single by Brandon Jones scored Herrera for the second run of the game.
  • Wildcat Reed Saenz smashed a

    triple with the bases loaded in the second to put the Cats ahead 6-0. (file photos:

    Staci Otts)

    But it was Kennedale?s big 5 run inning in the top of the 2nd that broke Glen Rose’s spirit. It started with the first pitch and first swing of the bat by Wildcat JD Padgett who banged a double to left field. That was followed by back to back walks from Luke Michener? and Crabtree, loading the bases.? Cade Thompson singled to score Padgett and kept the bases loaded with no outs. Glen Rose, praying for? a double play ball or even a rare triple play, instead got a game stealing triple from Wildcat Reed Saenz. Saenz’s crack to center field cleared the bases of other Wildcat runners, leaving him in possession of third base. A sacrifice fly to right field by Bryce Hackett later scored Saenz and gave the Cats a 7-0 lead going into the third.

  • The Cats went on to dominate in the game, adding a score in the 4th after a single by Michener loaded the bases and a walk by Crabtree scored Tyler Aguilar.? Kenendale added another run in the 6th after Padgett, who had reached by walk, was moved over by a single from Michener and then came home on an overthrow.?
  • Wildcat Austin Crabtree

    reached base five times via walks getting 2 RBIs (photos: TxToros)

    Kennedale added two runs in the top of the 7th It started

    with a double by Herrera, who rolled nothing but doubles for the game. Jace Warren followed with a walk and Hackett added a single to load the bases. After a fly-out by the Cats, Aguilar

    singled to score Herrera. After a second fly-out but with the bases still loaded

    Crabtree reached 1st on a walk (hit by pitcher) and Warren walked home for the final score of the game.?

  • Glen Rose got a single run in the bottom of the 3rd and ended the game?quietly in the bottom of the 7th going three and out (strikeout, strikeout and a dropped 3rd?strike).
  • Wildcat pitcher Bryce Hackett made sure the Tigers never got into the game. He was near perfection for Kennedale on the mound. Hackett pitched a complete game, facing 27 batters in 7 innings, throwing 70 strikes in 113 pitches (.619%). He struck out 15, walked 1 and allowed just 1 run on 2 hits with no errors. Meanwhile, the Tigers went through four different pitchers.
  • Kennedale got extra base hits from Aaron Herrera, JD Padgett and Reed Saenz. Reed ended the game 2-4 with a triple, 3 RBIs, a walk and 1 run scored. Herrera finished going 2-5 with 2 doubles, 1 RBI & 2 runs. Padgett was 1-3 with a double, a walk and 2 runs scored.
  • Other Wildcats contributing to the scoring were: Austin Crabtree who walked 5 times earned 2 RBIs and scored twice; Bryce Hackett was 2-3, 1 RBI & a walk; Cade Thompson 1 hit, 1 RBI & 1 run; Brandon Jones 1 hit & 1 RBI; Jace Warren walked once & scored once; and Tyler Aguilar 1-1 with 1 RBI & 1 run. Other getting hits in the game included and Luke Michener with 2 plus a walk and Ethan Wood with a hit and a walk.?

Bracket information here:?2018 UIL Baseball State Champioships ? Region 1 & 3 Bracket

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