By CLINT FOSTER
Both the Santo Wildcats (7-6, 6-3) and Gordon Longhorns (2-9, 2-7) pulled off wins in District 10-1A play by wide margins, Tuesday, to improve their district standing as the playoffs inch ever closer.
The Wildcats got arguably the most significant win in all of District 10-1A, Tuesday, when they rolled over the Lipan Indians at home, 17-1. The win moved the 'Cats into a tie with Baird for second place in district with only five games remaining in the regular season.
Santo started the game off rather modestly, jumping out to a 4-0 lead after scoring two runs in the first and second frames. But the floodgates bursted open in the third inning, as the Wildcats unleashed an 11-run onslaught to put the game permanently out of reach.
The Wildcats' offense combined for 20 hits on the day, seven of which went for extra bases.
Four players finished 3-for-4 at the plate – Dylan Price, Garrett Nemeth, Jordon Edwards and Grant Read – while Dylan Swinney and Kyle Mercer were 2-for-3.
Nemeth supplied some power to the offense, blasting a home run and a double en route to three RBIs and three runs scored. But no one matched the run-scoring potency of Price, who had a game-high six RBIs and scored a run of his own.
Four players besides Nemeth registered a double, Tuesday, including Keith Chalker, Edwards, Read and Price. Grant Gilbert, who finished 1-for-2 with two walks, three runs and an RBI, hit the game's only triple.
As dominant as the offense was, the defense and Swinney deserve equal credit for the victory.
As the game's winning pitcher, Swinney tossed a gem, allowing one run on one hit and two walks through five innings of work. He also struck out 11 batters to keep Lipan off of the base paths for most of the evening.