RICE — Trey Henderson held Frost scoreless and Josh Freeman knocked in three runs as the Hubbard Jaguars defeated the Polar Bears, 16-0, in a game shortened to four innings because of the mercy run rule. Game 2 of the best-of-three bi-district series is scheduled for Friday night at 7:00 p.m. At Rice High School.
In a preview of what was to come, Hubbard took advantage of two walks on eight consecutive pitches to begin the game as both runners scored without the benefit of a hit as Hubbard took an early 2-0 lead. Hubbard ended the night with 12 walks and only 8 hits as the Jaguars scored in all four innings.
Hubbard put the game away in the top of the second inning as the Jaguars sent 14 batters to the plate en route to scoring nine runs in the inning. Logan McClinton, who also scored three runs on the night, had a two-run double and Casen Martin added a two-run triple as Hubbard used seven walks to bat around in the inning. Both Shane Sykora and Braydyn Gillham scored twice in the frame.
The Polar Bears’ best chance to score came in the bottom of the fourth inning as Frost used two walks and a hit batsman to load the bases with only one out. But consecutive strikeouts by Hubbard pitcher Colton King ended the threat and the game for the Polar Bears. Edgar Anaya led the Polar Bear offense, going 1-1 and a walk.
Hubbard, the District 13-1A runner-up, improves to 16-4 on the season, while Frost, the third-place finisher in District 14-1A, falls to 10-8. Game 3, if needed, will be played on Saturday. The winner of the series will advance to meet District 16-1A winner Trenton in next week’s area round.
Frost wins opener over De Leon, 16-0, in five innings
Jae Moore went the five-inning distance, allowing just two hits to improve to 15-1 to lead Frost to the lopsided win in the opener of the Class 1A area round playoffs on Thursday in Granbury.
Frost banged out 11 hits and was led at the plate by Kennah Kennedy, who went 3 for 3, scored three runs and stole two bases, Cheyenne Pack, who went 2 for 2 with a triple and 4 RBIs, Kaycee Bowling, who went 2 for 3 with an RBI and a run, and Jennifer Andrews, who went 1 for 2 with a double and an RBI.
Frost (151) plays De Leon (19-4) in Game 2 of the best of area round three series at 6:00 p.m. Friday night in Granbury with a possible Game 3 to follow.
Hubbard shuts out Goldwaith in area round opener
The Hubbard Lady Jags defeated Goldwaith 5-0 in the opener of the best of three Class 1A area round playoffs on Thursday in McGregor.
Mildred falls to Rogers, 4-1
Morgan McCreary went 2 for 3 with an RBI, and Taylor White gave up three earned run in six innings as the Lady Eagles fell in the opening game of their area series with Rogers.
White scattered five hits, and also went 1 for 3 at the plate with a run.