The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

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April 8, 2013

H.S. Baseball: Palestine wins another game in seventh inning

They aren’t exactly coming easy, but the Palestine baseball team keeps stringing together wins.

The Wildcats won their second-straight thriller Friday, topping Mexia 3-2 on the road by scoring the game’s final three runs.

The game was tied 2-2 heading into the seventh inning, when Juan Trejo singled and then stole second to put himself in scoring position.

Zane Worsencroft — who was 3-for-4 at the plate on the day for Palestine — then ground out to second, moving Trejo to third for Brian Gummelt.

Gummelt delivered, sending a fly ball to the outfield deep enough to score Trejo and give Palestine the 3-2 lead.

Chico Herod then closed the door on Mexia in relief of starting pitcher Austin Brown. Herod struck out the side in the bottom of the seventh to earn the save.

Brown pitched well for the Wildcats, striking out eight while giving up only one earned run in six innings of work.

Gummelt finished 2-for-3 with his game-winning RBI, while James Davis was 2-for-4.

Mexia opened the scoring in the second, plating both their runs in the inning.

Palestine, now 4-3 in District 19-3A, looks to tighten its grip on the district’s third playoff spot today, when the Wildcats host Fairfield. Games begin with junior varsity action at 4:30 p.m.

ELKHART 2, Central Heights 0

In a big moment, the Elkhart baseball team got a big performance from Jordan White.

The Howard College-bound senior struck out 10 and gave up only four hits in a complete game shut out, as the Elks reclaimed the top spot in District 19-2A with a 2-0 victory over visiting Central Heights.

Elkhart opened the scoring in the third inning, when a Cole Bridges’ groundout to deep short to score Cullen Adams.

Brian Johnson doubled with two outs in the sixth inning, then advanced to third on a wild pitch before scoring on a wild pitch to make it 2-0.

That was plenty for White.

Elkhart (20-5, 7-1) travels to Woden Tuesday, with subvarsity action beginning at 4:30 p.m. The Elks return home Friday when they host Groveton, the only team to top the Elks in district play so far this season.

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