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'Cats Tame Pirates 5-0

April 7, 2014
Splendora High School

SPLENDORA, Tx - The Splendora Wildcats knew that Shepherd's 6'5" Tyler Kolek was going to bring the heat...and he did - 101 mph to be exact.  However, the Wildcats won round #1 vs Shepherd by scoring the only run they would need in the first inning.

     Leadof hitter Connor Phillips (clap, clap, clap, clap, clap) started things right for the Wildcats by slapping a base hit to left field.  Phillips promptly stole second base.  After an Aaron Smalley out, 1st baseman Dave Rauch flied out to left field.  With 2 outs, in stepped Wildcat cleanup hitter Kolby Reed.  Reed delivered an RBI single up the middle, just falling out of the outstretched glove of Shepherd shortstop Steven Kolek.  Splendora would lead 1-0.

     Meanwhile, pitcher Matt Jacquinot (7-0) silenced the Pirate bats with good control, allowing no base on balls and yielding only 4 hits.  Jacquinot fanned 11 Pirate hitters.  The Wildcat defense, after an error by the third baseman to begin the botom of the 1st, played solid, including a 4U-3 double play turned in by Phillips and Rauch.

     Splendora would tack on 2 runs in the 4th and 1 more in the 5th with some heads up play and good base running. The Wildcats would strike out 13 times on the night in front of 20+ scouts from various Major League Baseball Clubs (including Astro's Reid Ryan), who were gunning/charting Kolek's pitches.  Jacquinot and Ty Nixon would pick up the other Wildcat hits on the evening.

     Splendora is now 15-3 on the year and 7-0 in District play, while Shepherd falls to 4-3 in District 22-3A.  Splendora travels to Tarkington to face the Longhorns in a 7:00pm game on Tuesday, April 8.

 In other district action, Huffman beat Coldspring, 10-0 and Liberty beat Cleveland, 4-3.

     Current District 22-3A Standings: 

Splendora          15-3          7-0

Huffman            13-4          6-1

Shepherd           8-10          4-3

Tarkington         10-6          3-4

Liberty              13-5          2-4

Cleveland          8-11-1       1-6

Coldspring         3-12          1-6

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