With the win behind them, Santo looks forward to a game against the third-place Ranger Bulldogs, tonight, on the road. It's an equally important game as the win Tuesday, as the 'Cats try to keep their district foes at arms length to lock up second-place for some favorable playoff seeding.
The Longhorns locked up their second district win, Tuesday, in a 16-4 contest in Gordon against Palo Pinto County rivals, the winless Graford Jackrabbits.
Seth Allen was the winning pitcher in a game that started close before the 'Horns ultimately pulled away to secure the victory.
After both teams traded blows in the first inning, Gordon led only 2-1 heading into the bottom of the third, when they padded their lead with a six-run frame. Graford stormed back with three runs in the top of the fourth, cutting Gordon's lead to 8-4, but that was the closest the 'Rabbits would get to reclaiming the lead.
The 'Horns rode an eight-run bottom of the fourth to the win after a shutout top of the fifth.
"The Gordon offense was extremely productive, Tuesday night," Gordon head coach Jerry Tomlin said. "This was their best overall performance this year."
Allen's performance on the mound was key, as he struck out six and only allowed two earned runs on three hits, two walks and a hit batter in his complete game. On offense, Allen also hit a triple to contribute to the coming out party for Gordon's bats.
Right fielder Twister Brown led the way on offense, registering five RBIs and two doubles. Also providing RBIs were shortstop Seth Wheeler with three and a double, and designated hitter Humberto Estrada and catcher Tanner Jump, who each drove home two.
Xavier Castaneda also had a good day at the plate, adding a triple to his season batting stats.