Palestine’s baseball team scored three runs against Mexia on Tuesday to take the 3-1 district win.
Abraham Vasquez had a hot bat for the Wildcats. Vasquez went 3-4 and drove in one run. He singled in the first, second and sixth innings.
Palestine’s Brian Gummelt racked up 10 strikeouts for the Wildcat pitching staff in the win. Gummelt allowed one earned run on four hits and six walks over seven innings.
The Wildcats stayed on top until the final out after taking the lead in the second, scoring one run on an RBI single by Vasquez.
Palestine matched its one-run third inning with one more in the fourth. In the third, the Wildcats scored on a passed ball, scoring James David.
The Elkhart Elks hosted the Groveton Indians in a key district match-up on Tuesday night and fell short, losing 7-5.
The Indians scored six runs in the first two innings off uncharacteristic pitching struggles from the Elks. Five of the first six runs came off walks and a hit batter. After the second inning, the Elks’ pitching staff got it together and allowed only one run.
The Elks managed to cut the 6-1 lead in half in the third, but gave up the single run in the fourth.
The Elks cut into the lead again in the fifth bringing the score to 7-5. In the sixth and seventh innings, the Elks had the tying or go-ahead runner on base and weren’t able to the them across the plate.
The Elks fall to 2-2 in district play and 9-9 overall. They have a bye this Friday, but will play host a non-district game against Mildred at noon Saturday.
The Lady Elks also played Groveton on Tuesday night and came away with a similar result as the boys, losing 6-4.
Elkhart’s Camryn Rucker pitched a complete game with four strikeouts. The Lady Elks had seven hits on the night with three errors.
Courtney Lindsey lead the Lady Elks in batting going 2-for-4 with a home run and a double.