Success in baseball is back-to-back shutout wins. Last week, Til Nalle and Austin Gann gave up just three hits in back-to-back shutout wins for the Elgin Wildcats against Manor.
Elgin blanked Manor 11-0 last Tuesday with Nalle on the hill, and then 1-0 on April 1 with Gann as the hurler.
In Tuesday’s game, Elgin scored at least once in every inning. Keaton Grady got the Wildcats on the board in the first with a solo moonshot over center field.
In the second, the Wildcats reached base with singles from Charlie Joe Owen and Justin Strong. Trevor Kirgan came in to run for Owen and scored on a passed ball. Strong would advance to third and eventually score on a sac fly by Keaton Grady to put Elgin up 3-0.
Elgin got on base in the third via a single by Hayden Johns and a walk by Braylon Owens. Johns would advance to third and then take home on an error by the catcher. Owens would be caught trying for third. Matthew Cedillo would draw a walk and come home on the next play, a triple by Owen to put Elgin up 5-0.
Runs six and seven crossed the plate before a single out in the fourth. Strong walked, scoring when Grady singled. His hit was followed up by a triple by Nalle to push the Wildcats into a comfortable 7-0 lead.
Runs eight and nine came in the same inning with two outs. Wesley Harkins singled, driving in Nic Saucedo. Harkins came in when Cedillo singled, making the score 9-0.
Grady grabbed his second home run of the game in the fifth to push Elgin’s lead to double digits 10-0.
Nalle put the exclamation point on the win with a big knock of his own to close out the game.
Gann gave up just one hit to the Mustangs in the third inning on Thursday, but it was the Wildcats that crossed the only run of the game in their half of the third.
The Wildcats move to 10-13 on the season and were in action last night at Pflugerville Weiss.