ALVARADO, Texas — Midlothian Heritage High School spent seven innings of baseball going blow-for-blow with the Indians but used the final inning to prove their dominance in the district.
The Jaguars used game-winning RBIs and crafty baserunning to beat Alvarado High School 7-2 Friday at Indian Field and stay in the running for a District 8-4A title.
While Alvarado (12-7-1 overall, 3-3), the holder of the No. 3 seed, looked to hand a loss to one of the last undefeated teams in District 8-4A, the Jaguars looked to continue an eight-game streak that began after the team lost to Kennedale High School by three runs on March 9.
Though the beginning of the game was a battle of dueling pitchers between Midlothian Heritage's Jared Boisvert and Alvarado's Nic Woods, its ending was a mirror image.
Boisvert, who struck out four batters, walked two and allowed two runs on five hits in 6.2 innings, threw 105 of the Jaguars 127 pitches. Trey Bostic, the game's winner, fanned two batters and walked one on 18 pitches in a single inning.
The Indians two runs came after Boisvert walked Adam Oviedo and he scored on a Canon Arnold groundout in the bottom of the first inning and AJ Bates scored on Bryce Fuller's wild pitch in the bottom of the sixth. Bates, Kirkland, Oviedo, Isaac Murray and Jacob Syrus, who went a combined 5-for-14, accounted for the Alvarado's five hits in 29 at-bats.
The other five players went 0-for-15 against the skillful pitching of Midlothian Heritage's stable of hurlers. Pitching, however, may have been the least reason why the game swung in the Jaguars' favor.
While Woods manned the mound for seven of the eight innings and sported a 69 percent strike rate, six strikeouts and three runs on four hits, Dylan Kirkland suffered the Jaguars' five-run barrage. Kirkland allowed four of those runs on three hits and committed three errors during his only inning of work.
After scoring a rally from Indian scores with a Brayton McDaniel sacrifice RBI and a Rob McKelvey score in the fourth inning and a Charlie Clark groundout-turned-Coby Calvery run in the top of the seventh, the Jaguars scored more points in a half inning than either team scored in the 14 before.
McDaniel's eighth-inning single, Cade Sumbler's walk and back-to-back errors on Calvery's ground ball and Oviedo's errant throw to first base sparked a 5-2, three-run lead, but a RBI single and sacrifice by Bostic and Cody Moore, respectively, put the game out of reach.
Bostic struck out two of the four batters he faced in the final inning with eight pitches.
Midlothian Heritage will face Godley High School at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Jaguar Baseball Field. The (14-2-1, 5-0) Wildcats are tied with the Jaguars for first in the district and have won their last 11 games, including Friday night's 11-0 victory against Venus High School.
Godley is the No. 5 4A baseball team in the state according to txhighschoolbaseball.com rankings while Midlothian Heritage (15-3, 5-0) is 15 spots lower at No. 20. The Jaguars, however, beat No. 1 Argyle High School 12-5 on Feb. 18.
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