While most local schools are on Spring Break this week, high school baseball isn't, with Westwood and Neches varsity teams beginning the week with a game in Palestine on Monday morning.
The Westwood Panthers came out on top of the Tigers, winning the game 13-3 by run-rule in the sixth inning.
The Panthers jumped out to a hot start by leading 3-1 after two innings and 5-1 in the fourth. But Neches wouldn’t go away without an early fight.
The Tigers scored two runs in the top of the fourth inning to bring the score to 5-3 before heading to the field for the bottom of the fourth.
In the bottom of the fourth, Westwood starting its scoring run with a two-run double to bring the score to 7-3. Two consecutive passed balls from Neches allowed Westwood to cross two more runs and bring the score to 9-3 after four innings of play.
Westwood coach J.D. Cashion said after the game that he liked how much scoring his team was able to do, but he also liked his team’s pitching ability to keep Neches off the scoreboard.
“I liked that we came out here on Spring Break and were able to play some baseball,” Cashion said. “We played well, and we didn’t get sleepy on them or anything.
“I liked the way our pitchers worked today,” he added. “Dustin Freeman had some trouble early on, but he found his groove. When his pitch count got up there, Briley Piersol got in there and really did a good job.
“A win is always great, and now we’re shifting our focus to Elkhart.”
Westwood tacked on four more runs in the fifth and sixth innings combined to enable the run-rule. For Neches, a non-district game a day before a district matchup meant getting some of the starters some rest and working with the role players.