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Preparing for tough district stretch

BY BRIAN BESCH
Enterprise staff
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A first inning that saw 17 players come to the plate for the Big Sandy Wildcats, made quick work of a Tuesday afternoon match with Leggett, 26-0.

The opening frame was littered with hits, as five singles, five doubles and a triple propelled the Wildcats to a 12-0 start. Cameron Creel, Austin Hendrix, Tyler Farrar, Preston Cain, Ben Griffin, and Justin Adams all reached base safely in both of their two first-inning at bats.

"We've come around a little bit in the last couple of games," Big Sandy Baseball Coach Shane Nutt said. "Earlier on in the season, we struggled a little bit to score runs and we played a lot of low scoring games. But, these last two games, we have really gotten the bats going, so I'm hoping that's a trend that we can continue, to score early and put up more runs."

On the mound, Ethan Cherry was equally dominant. In three innings of work, he struck out eight of nine batters he faced. The other was hit by a pitch, but promptly picked off of first base.

"Our biggest thing this year has been our pitching," Nutt said. "We have multiple guys to get out there and throw strikes, don't walk many people, and do a good job. Ethan Cherry started today and he pitched three good innings and Justin Adams finished it off pitching two good ones. We've been real fortunate this year with real strong pitching performances."

For now, the Wildcats hold a record of 4-0 in District 25-2A. A trip to Hull-Daisetta on Friday will pair two unbeatens in district play. A three-way tie that also includes Evadale will be decided in the next few games.

"I have not seen Hull-Daisetta, but I've heard that they have a couple of pitchers that are pretty good and Evadale is always real solid and really well coached. Coach (Mark) Williams always does a really good job over there and we're looking forward to the challenge with Hull-Daisetta and Evadale."