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Cats hold back Lake Worth for 7-6 win on Tuesday.

The Lake Worth Bullfrogs (3-19, 2-6) almost leaped over the Kennedale Wildcats last Tuesday night in what would have been a surprising loss. The first place Wildcats (18-6-1, 7-1) went into the bottom of the 7th with a tie game 6-6. For the game Kennedale had a season high 5 errors. {{more}}
With two outs and one on (Austin Eggleston, walk) and with a 1-1 count, TJ Aguilar brought home Eggleston from third with a ground ball to short ending the Frogs? threat. Combined with Mineral Wells (15-10-6-2) loss to Castleberry (8-8, 5-3) the same night, the Cats are now in sole possession of 1st place with two away games left.
Kennedale, who has climbed into 13th place in state 3A coaches poll along with Mineral Wells and Castleberry have secured a playoff berth.
In the Tuesday night game, it was the Bullfrogs who went ahead in the top of the first after Lake Worth reached on a walk and made it home on an error. Kennedale answered with two runs of their own, in the bottom of the frame. The Cats scored on an RBI triple by Josh Taylor and a sacrifice fly by Aaron Williams.
Kennedale added two more runs in the 2nd after singles by Brett Hunt, Aguilar, Taylor and Aaron Williams. Kennedale established a comfortable 5-1 lead in the 3rd after Eggleston reached on a single and scored on an error.
The Frogs let the Cats know that they were not gigged yet when they rallied in the fourth with 2 outs, scoring two runs on three walks, a single and an error, making it a 5-3 game. Kennedale put up what they hoped was an assurance run later in the fourth when Perez, who had reached on a walk, scored after Taylor reached first on a ground ball error.

Worth stayed in the game with a run in the 5th off a double play by

Kennedale. Score was now 6-4.

Not done yet, Lake Worth tied the game in the 6th with two runs on a walk, single, wild pitch and an error. The game remained knotted into the bottom of the seventh when the Cats pulled out the win down with their 2 outs wonder.
Josh Taylor reached base three times in the game for Kennedale. He also drove in one runner, tripled in the first and singled in the second. Brett Hunt earned the win coming as the closer in the 7th, striking out 3 with no hits and no walks.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
LKWR 1 0 0 2 1 2 0 6 5 4
KNDL 2 2 1 1 0 0 1 7 9 5

3B: Josh Taylor
TB: Aaron Williams, TJ Aguilar 2, Josh Taylor 5, Jake Michener, Austin Eggleston, Brett Hunt
RBI: Aaron Williams 2, TJ Aguilar 2, Josh Taylor
SF: Aaron Williams
ROE: Jake Michener
SB: Davis Walsh 2, TJ Aguilar, Jake Michener, Austin Eggleston 2, Tyler Perez, Brett Hunt
CS: Shane O’Connor
PIK: Davis Walsh

Quality At Bats

Team Total: 22 (61.11%)

Aaron Williams 3, TJ Aguilar 2, Josh Taylor 4, Ryan Box, Jake Michener 4, Austin Eggleston 2, Tyler Perez, Brett Hunt 3, Shane O’Connor 2


W: Brett Hunt
WP: Tyler Perez
Pitches-Strikes: Josh Taylor 94-49, Tyler Perez 21-11, Brett Hunt 12-10
Groundouts-Flyouts: Josh Taylor 4-5, Tyler Perez 1-1, Brett Hunt 0-0
First pitch strikes-Batters faced: Josh Taylor 14-25, Tyler Perez 2-5, Brett Hunt 3-3

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