In a game that lasted just an hour and 40 minutes, Neches bested the Cayuga Wildcats for the first time in four years with a 3-2 victory in Cayuga Tuesday.
Coming into the match, Cayuga was sitting atop the district standings, being undefeated at 4-0, and Neches was 2-2 in district play.
The game turned into a pitcher’s duel as both teams struggled offensively throughout the game.
Neches went on the board first in the second inning as it scored all three of its runs, with a few hits from Ryan Gray and Scott Parrack. Gray finished the night hitting 1-for-4 with two RBIs.
In the bottom of the third inning, Cayuga started its comeback. The Wildcats were able to get one run across and bring the score to 3-1.
Cayuga’s Jordan Johnson led the team in hitting, going 3-for-4 in the game.
For Cayuga, their offense was able to get going slowly throughout the game as it tacked on eight hits in the game, but the offense wasn’t able to get the runs across as it left many men on base.
In the fourth inning, Cayuga drove another run across, bringing the gap to just one run difference.
“I kept telling them all week that they control their destiny,” said Neches coach Jacob Magee. “Cayuga’s a good team, and we knew that coming in. This game had a playoff atmosphere to it with the crowd getting involved. It was their first district loss and a huge win for us because it was our first win against them in four years.”
The game ended up coming down to the bottom half of the seventh inning as Cayuga was up to bat.
Neches’ Andrew Flowers was pitching, trying to get the win for the Tigers, and Cayuga’s Johnson was at the plate.