In a tough fought baseball battle over 10 innings on a cold evening, the Seven Lakes Spartans (SL) defeated the Memorial Mustangs (Mem). Starting pitchers Junior Reid Nagle (Mem) and Senior Jon Duplantier (SL) dueled for 6 innings before turning it over to their relievers. Memorial got on the board first in the 2nd inning. Tyler McCloskey singled up the middle. With one out, Kody Clemens singled to left field, followed by a Will Sikora walk. The run was pushed across when Patrick Christie hit into a fielder’s choice.
Seven Lakes answered in the bottom of the same inning. Duplantier singled to left to lead off the inning. With one out, Conner Capel singled to right field. Beau O’Hara was then hit by the pitch. Mason Kukowski hit a sacrifice fly to right field to score the run. Nagle got out of the inning by picking off the runner attempting to steal second.
The 3rd inning, Memorial scored another run. Memorial hitter Matt Collins lead off the inning with a single to left, stole base and moved to third on a ground ball out. McCloskey hit a two out infield single to score Collins.
Once again, Seven Lakes answered in the bottom of the same inning. Brayson Longman singled, stole second and moved to third on the throw to second that got away from the Memorial defense. Michael Hickman singled up the middle to score Longman from third.
The tie was broken by Seven Lakes in the 5th inning when Ryan Capel hit to “no man’s land” between first base and second base with two outs. This scored Longman from third to make it 3 – 2 in favor of Seven Lakes.
The score remained 3 – 2 until the top of the 7th inning. Memorial hitter Gavin Culler got on base with a double to left field. Walker Pennington came to bat with two outs. He hit a shot to the right center gap for a triple scoring Culler. Memorial left Pennington stranded on third at the close of the 7th which kept the score tied at 3.
Memorial relief pitching Ben Graber and John Tucker stayed even with Seven Lakes reliever Cameron Charman until the bottom of the 10th. Steven Stacy, the second SL batter of the 10th, singled to left field. Then Cole Angelle walked. Seven Lakes loaded the bases when batter O’Hara was hit by the pitch. With the bases loaded and two outs, Ellis Bitar stepped to the plate. He had been held hit less in the game to this point. With a 2 – 2 count, he hit the game winning single on the ground between third and shortstop to help Seven Lakes win the game 4 to 3.
All in all, a hard fought game on both sides. Exactly what you expect to see in District 19-5A baseball.
District 19-5A Standings as of 3/27/13:
T1: Memorial (5-1)
T1: Katy (5-1)
T3: Cinco Ranch (4-2)
T3: Seven Lakes (4-2)
5: Strake Jesuit (3-3)
6: Taylor (2-4)
7: Morton Ranch (1-5)
8: Mayde Creek (0-6)