Baseball roundup

Bowie
The Bowie Jackrabbits won in Henrietta on Tuesday night.
The Jackrabbits won 9-5 against the Bearcats in a game that was closer than the final score would indicate later.
Bowie took the early lead in the first inning. The Jackrabbits scored three runs in the first inning on three straight at-bats. Jake Fallis hit an RBI double. Kynan DeMoss hit a fly ball to left field that induced an error that drove in a run. Colton Richey then hit an RBI double to put Bowie up 3-0.
Henrietta answered back in the same inning. A two-run home run with two outs went over the left field fence to cut the lead to 3-2.
The teams traded scoreless innings in the second and third. In the fourth inning, the Jackrabbits added one run to their lead as Devin Melton drove in a run on a sacrifice fly to left field to make it 4-2.
The Bearcats had an answer that same inning, loading the bases up with no out. Pitcher Richey tried to pitch his way out of the jam, retiring two batters on a fielder’s choice and a fly out to shallow centerfield. Unfortunately, two walked batters drove in two runs to tie the game at 4-4. Kaylwer Swearingin came in for relief and retired the next batter for the third out.
Bowie immediately regained the lead back in the fifth inning. Carson Sanders bunted for a base hit with one runner already on base. An error fielding the bunt allowed the runner to score and Sanders to reach third base. He would then come in to score during the next at-bat thanks to a passed ball to make it 6-4.
The Jackrabbits further built their lead in the sixth inning. Cade Thompson drove in two runs on a line drive single to left field. Sanders then hit a fly ball to left field that induced an error that drove in another run to extend Bowie’s lead to 9-4.
Henrietta got one run back in the sixth inning on an RBI single to cut the lead down to 9-5 heading into the final inning.
Despite the Bearcats getting their leadoff batter on base with a walk, Swearingin retired the final three batters with little drama to end the game.
Thompson led Bowie with two RBIs while Richey, Fallis and Melton each drove in one run.
On the mound, Richey pitched 3.2 innings while giving up four runs (two earned) on four hits, four walks while striking out three. Swearingin came in to pitch the final 3.1 innings and gave up one run (zero earned) on two hits while walking three and striking out six.

Nocona
The Nocona Indians baseball team ended their season on Tuesday with a loss to Breckenridge on senior night.
The Buckaroos won 14-0 after five innings due to run-rule, although more than half of those runs came in the final inning.
Until then, the Indians defense and pitchers Ty Presley and Kooper Hansard limited Breckenridge to three runs in the first inning, two in the third inning and one in the fourth inning. Only an avalanche of eight runs came in the five inning that proved to be the final nail.
Unfortunately, the Nocona bats had trouble making contact or getting on base against Breckenridge’s pitcher. The team got no free bases through walks or hit batters while striking out 11 times.
The only Indian batter who had success was Wesley Murphey, who hits singles both times he was up to bat.
It was a tough overall season for the Nocona baseball program. Much of it can be blamed on the relative youth of the whole team.
Only one senior graduates from this team in Hansard, who provided one of the steadiest all-around performances the whole season wherever he was needed in the field, on the mound, with his bat or on the base paths.
The good news on that side is that everyone theoretically should be coming back and will be better with one more year of growth. That along with the team dropping down to 2A has Coach Zach Denson is excited about what it will mean next year.

Saint Jo
The Saint Jo Panthers won both of their games against Chico on Tuesday as they put in a double-header ahead of the playoffs.
The Panthers beat the Dragons 10-6 and 9-4 to also wrap up the district title for them.
Saint Jo led for most of the first game, with six of its runs coming in the second inning. Nursing a 7-6 lead heading into the final inning, the Panthers extended their lead by scoring three runs to win with a little bit of breathing room and momentum for the next game.
Jace Johnson and Payton Harris each drove in two runs to lead the team. Collin Thomas got the start on the mound and had tough 3 innings giving up six runs (four earned) on 10 hits. Trevor Conner and Harris came in to pitch relief and did not give up any runs the rest of the way.
The second game saw Chico get up 4-0 in the fourth inning. Saint Jo scored two runs in the same inning, three in the fifth to take the lead and four more in the sixth to extend the lead to 9-4 heading into the final inning. There the Panther defense held out to secure the win.
Matthew Butler-Everson and Johnson each drove in two runs to lead the team. Brice Durham got the start and gave up four runs (three earned) in the first 3.1 innings. Harris came in for relief and gave up no runs the rest of the way.

To read the full story, pick up a copy of the weekend edition of the Bowie News.