On Tuesday, Creed Spenrath signed his national letter of intent to continue his baseball career. Two days later, Spenrath proved more than worthy of the collegiate offer with a one-hit complete-game shutout of Waco Connally in the 2-0 bi-district championship win for Midlothian Heritage.
Spenrath stuck out eight, walked three and needed just 97 pitches to complete the win at West High School in the 4A Region III bi-district title game.
The East Texas Baptist University-signee nearly had a game for the history books, too.
The two walks Spenrath allowed came in the first and fifth innings. He faced the minimum in the second third, fourth and sixth innings.
Spenrath then got a weak fly out to center field and recorded that eighth strikeout in the top of the seventh inning to move one out from a playoff no-hitter.
Following an infield error, Spenrath allowed a single on the very next pitch to spoil the bid. A second Heritage error then loaded the bases, only for Spenrath to induced a fly out to left field to end the threat and pick up the win.
Spenrath now sports an impressive 1.23 ERA with 58 strikeouts to 21 walks over 40 innings of work. He has allowed just seven earned run (13 runs) this season.
Kendall Calvery plated both runs for Midlothian Heritage on a Saturday afternoon when the Jaguars collected 10 hits as a team.
Calvery drove in his first run in the bottom of the first inning.
Roc Martinez reached base with the first of his two hits and then moved into scoring position on a single by Cody Moore. Calvery then delivered a single down the third-base line in a 2-2 count to plate Martinez.
The same duo struck again for the Jaguars in the bottom of the fifth inning. This time, Martinez reached on a fielder's choice that wiped Caisen Clower off the basepaths. He scored two batters later when Calvery singled back through the middle on the first pitch of his at-bat.
The RBIs were the 18th and 19th of the season for Calvery, who is currently fourth on the team with 19 RBIs. Martinez (27 RBIs), Cade Sumbler (22) and Moore lead the Jaguars.
The victory improved Heritage to 22-5 on the season. Excluding the playoff-warmup game against Sunnyvale, the Jaguars have not lost since March 19.
The Jaguars face Lufkin in the 4A Region III area championship in a best-of-three series this week at Mike Carter Field in Tyler.
Game one is at 11 a.m. Friday (7 p.m. in case of rain), while game two is slated for 1 p.m. Saturday and game three, if needed, is scheduled for 4 p.m. Saturday.