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Wildcats win last three of Rouse tourney

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    Isaac Davila looks for a pitch to swing at during a game against Westwood on Feb. 25. Photo by Larry Pelchat

ROUSE – While the Elgin baseball team had to scrap last Tuesday’s game against Liberty Hill due to poor weather conditions, they played the Panthers two days later to open up the Rouse Tournament.

Liberty Hill took an early lead over the Wildcats and never looked back, cruising to a 7-0, shutout victory.

Jacob Harkins took the loss for Elgin (8-9) on the mound. He lasted four innings, allowing nine hits and six runs while striking out four and walking one.

Jacob Neidig went 2-for-2 at the plate to lead the Wildcats in hits.

Later that day, Elgin started to heat up from the plate in a 10-7 loss to Goose Creek Memorial.

The Wildcats scored six runs in the fourth inning alone. The big inning was driven by a pair of doubles by Trevor Magnuson and Jace Grady, a single by Keaton Grady, and an error on a ball put in play by Andruw Gonzales.

Brandon Girod took the loss for Elgin. He lasted two innings, allowing two hits and five runs while striking out two.

The Wildcats tallied eight hits on the afternoon. Keaton Grady went 3-for-3, and Gonzales also had a multi-hit performance.

Elgin’s offense continued to come alive the following day in a 10-2 rout of Leander.

The Wildcats were also dominant on the mound. Cade Watson started the game – picking up the win – and Cooper King closed it out to earn the save.

Keaton Grady and Jace Grady tossed two more gems for Elgin in shutout wins over Weiss (6-0) and Vandegrift (10-0) to close out the tournament.

In Saturday’s win over Vandegrift, which lasted only an hour and 20 minutes, Jace Grady threw a grand total of 54 pitches.

The Wildcats opened district play Tuesday at Hutto. They will host the Hippos on Friday at 7 p.m.