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April 27, 2014Splendora High School
SHEPHERD, Tx. - Shepherd Senior pitcher Tyler Kolek possesses a fastball that is faster than most major league pitchers. He had it going on Friday, clipping the 100 mph mark in a strong performance versus the Splendora Wildcats.
The Wildcats (who had beaten Kolek earlier this season, 5-0), had trouble making solid contact with Kolek's heater, registering only 3 hits, in a 3-2 loss to the Pirates. Splendora's Matt Jacquinot only gave up 4 hits, but one was a Kolek double in the top of the first that the Wildcats couldn't quite overcome. Jacquinot struck out 5.
Connor Phillips had a great day in the field for the 'Cats, turning a F4-3 double play and also had 1 of the Wildcat hits. Philllips also got knicked by a Kolek fastball. Third baseman Ty Nixon had a double and 'Cats Rightfielder Kolby Reed had a single for Splendora.
With the score 3-2 in the 7th, Splendora threatened with a runner at 2nd and 1 out. Kolek, sensing the 28 MLB scouts that came to see him perform, reached back for something extra and struck out the last 2 Wildcat hitters to end the threat.
Splendora will represent District 22-3A as the runner-up and Shepherd will take the 3rd place spot. Other District scores from Friday were: Huffman 4 Coldspring 0; Liberty 5 Cleveland 4; Tarkington was open.
Final District 22-3A Standings for 2014:
Huffman 11-1 20-4
Splendora 10-2 18-5
Shepherd 7-5 10-13
Tarkington 6-6 13-8
Liberty 4-8 14-10
Coldspring 3-9 5-15
Cleveland 1-11 7-17-1