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Splendora tames Huffman, 2-1
March 22, 2014Splendora High School
The Splendora Wildcats improved to 3-0 in District 22-3A play with a narrow 2-1 victory over the Huffman Falcons on Tuesday night in an a thrilling contest in Huffman.
Splendora's pitcher Matt Jacquinot and Huffman's Matthew Bumpas were locked in and both teams were scoreless through 6 inning so of play. In the 7th, the game picked up a decibal or two.
Centerfielder Aaron Smalley led off the top of the 7th with a deep triple to right-center field. Connor Phillips then beat out an infield single. The Falcons intentionally walked Dave Rauch to load the bases with nobody out. Kolby Reed was coaxed into an infield fly for the first out. Ty Nixon went down on strikes for the second out. Up to the plate stepped Jacquinot. Jacq hit an infield single just to the right of a hustling Cody Gaitan to plate Smalley and Philips. The 'Cats led 2-0 going into the bottom of the 7th.
Huffman's Blake Wilson grounded out to Phillips at 2nd to begin the inning. DH Justin Waltman reached on an error by the 'Cats 3rd baseman. Jacquinot (who had 10 K's on the evening) then struck out a dangerous Austin Smith for the 2nd out of the inning.
After issuing a walk to Tyler Hebert, there were runners at the corners with 2 outs. Falcon leadoff hitter Richard Marches drilled a double over left fielder Casey Barron's head to score Waltman. The 'Cats defense made the play of the night during that double. Barron raced to the fence, picked up the baseball and threw a quick strike to shortstop Diego Prieto, who then whipped a throw to third baseman Nixon who applied the tag to a sliding Hebert and the Wildcats hold on for the 2-1 victory.
Splendora imroved to 11-3 on the season and 3-0 in District play, while Huffman suffers their first district loss and now is 3-1. Jacquinot improved to 5-0 with the win, while yielding only 4 hits.
In the JV game, Splendora and Huffman battled to a 4-4 tie. Splendora's Toby Clark pitched a good game as did closer Rocky Anderson. The 'Cat JV is 7-4-1 on the season and 2-0-1 in District play.