By CLINT FOSTER
SANTO – The Santo Wildcats baseball team took a major step toward a possible district championship, Saturday, when they handed the Albany Lions their first district loss of the season in a 13-5 victory.
The win not only extended the 'Cats current winning streak to four games, but also kept them mathematically in the hunt for the District 10-1A championship, provided they get a little help.
If Santo (11-7, 9-3) wins their final two games of the regular season, and Albany loses – in games against Eula and Lipan – the 'Cats and Lions would be knotted for first place and in need of a tie-breaker game.
It's a fairly slim chance, but to paraphrase Lloyd Christmas from "Dumb and Dumber," there's a chance.
It's certainly within reason to foresee Santo upholding their part of the scenario after their performance against the district's season-long frontrunners.
In a game that stayed tight through the first four innings, Santo pulled away in the fifth and transformed the contest into a blowout in a matter of two frames.
With the score tied at 4-4 in the bottom of the fifth, the 'Cats rode three walks, two singles and an error to a three-run inning. After a third consecutive shutout inning on defense, a six-run sixth inning put the game out of reach and secured the Santo victory.
Santo had plenty of standouts at the plate. Kyle Moore led the 'Cats in hits, finishing 3-for-5 with two RBIs and a run.
Dylan Swinney and Grant Gilbert tied for the team lead in RBIs with three apiece. Gilbert was 2-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored, while Swinney was 1-for-3 with a run of his own.
Also finishing 2-for-3 with an RBI were Jordan Edwards and Ty Hunter and Grant Nemeth turned three walks into three runs.