The Palestine baseball team has put itself in prime position to snag one of District 19-3A’s three playoff spots.
Behind a gem from starting pitcher Chico Herod, the Wildcats topped Fairfield Tuesday, 6-2. In the process, Palestine moved two games clear of the Eagles in the chase for the district’s final playoff spot.
In fact, Palestine is now tied for second with Groesbeck at 5-3 in district play, and the Wildcats have already clinched the tiebreaker by winning their first two games against the Goats.
Herod struck out 10 while giving up seven hits in the complete game win. He didn’t issue a walk and only one of the runs he gave up was earned.
He gave up both runs in the first inning, after which he was “almost untouchable” according to PHS coach Austin Evans.
Palestine scored two runs of its own in the first, then added one in the third and three in the sixth to give Herod all the cushion he would need.
Ryan Zavala was 3-for-3 at the plate in the victory, with a double and two RBI, while both Austin Brown and Devin Harris had two hits.
Palestine has a district bye this week, but the varsity will take on Jacksonville on the road at 7 p.m. Saturday. The junior varsity travels to Lindale for a 5:30 first pitch Friday.
ELKHART 25, Woden 2
The Elkhart baseball team posted 22 hits in only five innings Tuesday, as the Elks rolled to an easy, 25-2 win over Woden on the road.
Hunter Parker got the win on the mound for the Elks, who got a five-hit night from star shortstop Jacob Cheatham.
Elkhart (21-5, 8-1) will look to avenge its only district loss Friday, when the Elks welcome in Groveton to “The Backyard.” The Indians beat Elkhart, 2-1, in their first meeting this season.
First pitch is set for 7 p.m., with subvarsity action beginning at 4:30 p.m.
Woden 7, ELKHART 6
The Elkhart softball team just missed a chance to knock off Woden Tuesday, falling to the Lady Eagles, 7-6.
Catie Bridges had three hits in the loss, including a double, while Megan Davis, Courtney Cheatham and Larami McAdams had two hits each. Both of McAdams’ knocks were doubles.
The Lady Elks (5-5 in district play) host Groveton Friday, with first pitch set for 6 p.m.