Bobcats dominate Longhorns in 13-3 blowout
Published 9:10 pm Friday, March 23, 2018
By Caleb Adams
ORANGEFIELD — Moving their record to 13-2-1 overall and more importantly 2-0 in District 22-4A play, the Orangefield Bobcats dominated the Hamshire-Fannett Longhorns 13-3 with the Bobcats taking over from the get go at the plate, with 10 hits in the game.
Hamshire-Fannett (0-2 in district), which fell to the Bobcats 16-3 on Tuesday, was able to find early runs against Orangefield, but without needing a hit to do so. Hunter Spacek was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning, and was eventually knocked in by Kyle Sarge, scoring the game’s first run. Tre Boudreaux would pinch run for the pitcher, Matt Conkle and steal home for the game’s second run, stunning just about everyone watching. The Longhorns would take an early 2-0 lead after the first half inning.
The Bobcats took an opportunity in the bottom of the first, and retaliated to the Longhorns’ early offense. Johnny Armstrong, who lead off the inning with a single, scored on a Mason Gonzalez hit for their first run. Kadeon Evans drove in the second run of the inning with a shot to center, driving in Brett Fregia, who reached on a walk. Gunner Jones knocked in two more with a fielder’s choice, and an error on the throw, scoring Blake Bradley and Evans on the play as the Bobcats took a 4-2 lead after one.
Brett Fregia continued the scoring spree with a long double, bringing in both Armstrong and Kent Micheal from first and second base. The next batter, Gonzalez, knocked in Fregia in the same fashion, a long double to the wall, putting the Bobcats up 7-2 after two innings.
The Bobcats found more offense in the bottom of the third. Jacob Harvey with a great bunt, brought home Gunnar Jones, who reached on a single to lead the inning off. Ryan Deutsch would score the second run just like he got on base, with an error on the throw. Armstrong would score again, on a bases loaded walk. Bobcats wento up 10-2 after three innings complete.
Hamshire-Fannett would score again in the top of the fourth with a few hits strung together. Dustin Porter lead off the inning with a single, and Zach Newby would drive him in on the next at-bat with a single of his own, but that’s all they could grab as they trailed the Bobcats 10-3 after three and a half innings.
It was more of the same for the Bobcats in the bottom of the fourth inning, with even more runs on the board. Jones would score on a single from Armstrong for the inning’s first run. Kent Micheal would drive in two with a bloop single to right as Armstrong and Harvey
That enabled the Bobcats to win in a short four and a half inning game 13-3, in a hitting parade of a game. The Bobcats will hope to carry this offense over to their next games.
Orangfield will host Silsbee Tuesday while the Longhorns will play host to West Orange-Stark.