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TULIA – Losing their season opener to Vernon on Feb. 23, the Bobcats clawed their way back to the top, defeating Dalhart, San Jacinto and Clarendon in the Tulia Wooden Bat Tournament Feb. 25-27.
Kicking off their three-day win streak against Dalhart, Stone Smith doubled on a 2-1 count, scoring one run in the top of the fourth to break the tie and secure the Bobcats’ late 6-1 victory.
Pulling away for good in the fourth inning, the Bobcats snagged four runs with the help of Blaven Dill, Christian Aguirre and Custer Keys.
Smith was the winning pitcher, surrendering one run on seven hits over five innings, striking out six and walking one.
Collecting ten hits in the game, Darren Pratt and Smith each collected two hits to lead the Bobcats.
Securing their second win against San Jacinto Christian Academy on Friday, Feb. 26, Mason Keith was hit by a pitch and drove a run in the first inning to aid in the Bobcats’ early 7-4 victory.
Scoring two out of three runs in the second inning, Seth Taylor doubled on a 1-0 count.
Pitching, Zion Fuller went four innings, allowing three runs on five hits, striking out four and walking one.
Scattering seven total hits, Creek Churchill and Taylor each racked up two hits for the Bobcats.
Capping the tournament on Saturday, Feb. 27, the Bobcats built a four-run lead in the second inning to hold off Clarendon’s charge for an 8-7 victory.
Although Clarendon scored four runs in the second inning, the Bobcats still managed to pull out the victory with Creek Churchill hitting a solo homer in the first inning and setting the pace.
With the Bobcats racking up seven runs of their own in the second inning, Taylor doubled on a 1-1 count, scoring one run, Keith doubled on a 2-1 count, scoring two runs, Churchill singled on a 2-0 count, scoring one run, Devin Edmondson singled on a 3-2 count, scoring two runs, and Taylor singled on a 3-2 count, scoring one run.
Nick McMinn toed the rubber, allowing one hit and three runs over two and two-thirds innings and striking out two. Aaron Smithwick started the game for the Bobcats, allowing zero hits and four runs over one and one-third innings and striking out one.
Churchill and Taylor each managed multiple hits to total the Bobcat’s eight tallied hits. Churchill went three-for-three at the plate to lead.
The Bobcats faced Clarendon for a second time on Monday. Results were not available at press time.
Next, the Bobcats play in the Childress Varsity Tournament, March 4-6.