By SCOTT TYLER

H-P Sports Editor



The Palestine Wildcats squandered a six-run first inning Thursday night in a 13-9 five-inning loss to Wimberly as the Wildcats opened the Howard Estes Baseball Tournament with two losses Thursday.

Palestine lost earlier in the day to Groesbeck, 5-2. The Wildcats will play at 1 p.m. today at Palestine.

Palestine scored eight runs in the first two innings to take an 8-3 lead against Wimberly, but the Texans rallied with four runs in the third inning. Wimberly tied the game with two more runs in the fourth inning and then scored four in the fifth to take the lead.

The game was called after the fifth inning due to the tournament’s time limit of 2 hours and 15 minutes.

Palestine used six hits and a walk in the first inning to put six runs on the board.

A double by Austin Daughtery and a single by Cory Moore put runners on the corner for Palestine and David White brought the first run home when he doubled down the right field line.

After a walk to Taylor Burris and a wild pitch which allowed Moore to score, Brice Burris hit a two-run double to right-center field.

With two outs, Matthew Bentley hit a blooper into left field to score Brice Burris and Bentley hustled into second with a double and came around to score on Daniel Brewer’s single to right field.

In the second inning, Daughtery led off with a single, stole second base moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on White’s infield single.

Daughtery was 2-for-4 with two runs scored and White was 2-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored.

Palestine took an 8-3 lead when White stole third base and then scored on a catcher’s overthrow.

Palestine tried to maintain its slim lead by adding one more run in the third inning when Taylor Burris singled home Stuart Andrews, who led off the inning with a double. But it would be the last run for Palestine as Wimberly would score six runs in the next two innings for the win.

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Scott Tyler may be contacted via e-mail at styler@palestineherald.com

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