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Wildcats split district-opening series with Hippos

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    Jacob Harkins picked up the win on the mound and also drove in a run from the plate as Elgin defeated Hutto 5-4 last Tuesday. Photo by Larry Pelchat
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The Elgin baseball team pulled away late for a 5-4 victory over Hutto last Tuesday in the District 18-5A opener for both teams.

The game was tied 4-4 with Elgin batting in the top of the seventh when Andruw Gonzales hit a fly ball to left field. The ball was mishandled by Hutto, and allowed Isaac Davila to score the winning run all the way from first.

Davila finished 1-for-2 from the plate with three runs scored, while Jace Grady, Jacob Harkins, Trevor Magnuson and David Perez added one hit apiece for the Wildcats.

Harkins also earned the win for Elgin on the mound. He allowed three hits and four runs over three and one-third innings, striking out one.

Brandon Girod threw three and two-thirds innings in relief out of the bullpen. He recorded the last 11 outs to earn the save for Elgin.

“When 21 individuals can commit to a single group effort, special things can happen,” said Elgin coach Edward Stringer.

On Friday, however, Hutto avenged the loss with a 3-2 victory over Elgin in a pitcher’s duel. See page 7A for the full story.

The Wildcats opened a two game-series against Georgetown on Tuesday. They will visit the Eagles on Friday at 7 p.m.