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Georgetown Eagles swat Wildcats

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    Brandon Girard, #42, holds an Eagle runner close to first base. Photo by Ron Ramirez

The number-one rated 5A baseball team in Texas, the Georgetown Eagles, swooped into town Wednesday night to take on the Wildcats of Elgin.

It was a crisp but rather pleasant night for a change to watch the hometown Cats battle their district foe. The Eagles came in 2-0 in district play while Elgin came in 1-1. The two teams were supposed to have played Tuesday night but the umpires didn’t show, moving the game to Wednesday.

Starting pitcher Jacob Harkins took the mound with catcher Andruw Gonzales behind the plate. Girad, Davila, J. Grady and Neidig made up the infield while K. Grady, Magnuson and King roamed the outfield against the Eagle hitters.

Not sure I have ever seen an inning where all three outs made by one team were outs from the runners already on base. Georgetown had runners galore with two hits, a walk, a hitter hit by pitch and an error on an Elgin infielder but only managed one unearned run. Catcher Gonzales threw a rocket to second base to throw out a runner trying to steal. Another Eagle runner was tagged out on a rundown between first and second for out number two and then a runner was thrown out trying to get to third base for out number three. The inning was over with minimal damage.

The problem was, the Eagle pitchers threw a magnificent game against the Wildcat hitters. Elgin managed only three hits throughout the entire game. At one time, they set down 13 Wildcat batters in a row. Keaton Grady was the only Elgin batter who had a good night at the plate, hitting a single and double and scoring a run on a wild pitch, while Cade Watson hit a double in the seventh inning to finish out the Wildcat offense. The Eagle pitchers struck out ten Wildcats in seven innings.

Cat’s pitcher Harkins struck out four Eagles and pitched a very tough first four innings, holding the top ranked Georgetown team to only that one unearned run. But then came the top of the fifth, and the Eagle hitters could no longer be denied. A single, a hit batter, a walk, another single and a double, an Elgin outfield error and the inning had gotten completely out of control with Georgetown scoring five runs before Cade Watson came in as pitcher to get the last out of the inning.

Elgin is currently 1-2 in district, while the Eagles are 3-0.

Elgin traveled to Georgetown (16-2-1) for a rematch on Friday and faced East View in Georgetown as well on Tuesday night.