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Wildcats with back to back no hitters making a case for another district title

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The Kennedale Wildcat pitching staff was hot last week in two district game by throwing no hitters against #2 Benbrook, winning? 5-0, last Tuesday and by combing pitching and hitting in a 12-0 smothering of Mineral Wells on Friday. {{more: continue …}}
Kennedale raised their district record to 7-0 and 15-5-1 overall. In district play, Benbrook fell into a tie with Castleberry at 5-2. Mineral Wells is in 3rd at 3-4 and Springtown is 4th with a 2-4 district record.
Benbrook ? Tuesday, April 3 (W) 5-0 …?
  • Jared Taylor from the mound took control of the game in the 1st inning and never lost it, allowing no hits and no runs in 7 innings of play against Benbrook.?
  • Facing just 26 batters, Taylor threw 62 strikes in 99 pitches (.626), striking out 10, walking 2 while securing the no hit shutout. Neither of the two walks got beyond 2nd base.?
  • Facing one of Benbrooks? best pitchers, Kennedale batters managed 5 runs on 7 hits. But the Cats didn?t really break it open until the 6th when they scored 3 with the assist of a triple by JD Padgett after Kennedale had scored just one in the 2nd and one in the 3rd.
  • Hitters for Kennedale included JD Padgett 1-2 with a triple, 2 RBIs, a walk and 1 run scored; Austin Crabtree 2-3, 1 RBI, 1 walk; Ethan Wood 1-4, 2 RBIs; Reed Saenz 1-1, 1 double & 2 walks; Brandon Jones 1-3 with 1 run scored. Jared Taylor 1-2, a double and a walk. Stolen bases were made by Austin Crabtree, Brandon Jones and Spencer Roof.

Mineral Wells ? Friday, April 6 (W) 12-0 …?

  • Bryce Hackett followed Jared Taylor?s no-hitter with one of his own last Friday night in Mineral Wells getting the win with the backing of eight Kennedale batters, each with at least one hit.?
  • Hackett shut out the Rams going 5 innings facing 18 batters, throwing 47 strikes in 74 pitches (.635) with 9 strikeouts.
  • Hackett, besides throwing the no-hitter, went 2 for 3 at the plate, hitting a double and a triple during the game. Also, getting multiple base hits were Aaron Herrera with double while going 3-4, 3 RBIs & 1 run scored; Luke Michener with a double going 1-2, a walk & 1 run scored; and, Ethan Wood with a double going 1-3, 2 RBIs and 1 run scored.
  • Others Wildcats scoring were Austin Crabtree 2-4, 1 RBI w 1 run scored; Cade Thompson 1-3, 1 RBI, 1 walk & 2 runs scored; Reed Saenz 1-4, 1 RBI & 2 runs scored; and Brandon Jones 1-3, 1 RBI & 1 run scored. JD Padgett got 1 RBI off a sacrifice.
The Wildcats are back home Friday night, April 13, as they play the Castleberry Lions. The last time the two faced off, Castleberry had the drop on Kennedale until the final inning when the Cats reel off 8 runs to win 10-4. Game time is 7:30 p.m.

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