MONT BELVIEU —
A magnificent West Orange-Stark baseball season came to an end Wednesday night due to the big arm of Splendora ace Matt Jacquinot.
Jacquinot tossed a complete-game three-hitter and the Wildcats scored a run in the fifth inning and two in the sixth to down the Mustangs 3-1 in Class 3A bidistrict playoff action at Barbers Hill High School.
Jacquinot had a one-hitter going for the Wildcats (20-5) going into the seventh inning until the Anderson brothers finally got to him.
Up 3-0, Jacquinot gave a up a towering one-out double to Grant Anderson to deep rightfield. Grant scored when brother Aidan Anderson cranked a deep single to left-centerfield. Aidan, trying to stretch it into a double, was thrown out at second and Jacquinot ended the contest with a strikeout of Kameron Williams.
Jacquinot struck out nine without issuing a walk. The only other hit he gave up was a Grant Anderson infield single in the first frame.
“The Jacquinot kid is excellent, we knew that coming in,” said Mustang coach Shea Landry. “He has tremendous stuff, no doubt. He had command of all of his pitches tonight. We helped him out a lot too and got away from some things that we knew we were capable of.”
The Mustangs (21-6) received another strong mound effort from Aidan Anderson. The junior went the distance, scattering six hits while striking out seven and walking three. He allowed just one hit through the first four innings.
“Aidan pitched another great game, just like he’s done all season,” said Landry. “In the playoffs, one run just isn’t going to get it done. He pitched well enough to win and that’s all you can ask of the kid.”
Splendora manufactured a run in the top half of the fifth.
Jacquinot reached after he hit a deep fly to right, which was dropped. Kolby Reed moved courtesy runner Matt Adams over to second with a nice sacrifice bunt. Casey Barron made it 1-0 when he slapped a RBI single to right.