Baseball team no-hits Waco, advances to area round

By Alex Miller

The baseball team began their quest to defend their state championship Friday night by defeating the Waco Lions 8-0 in the bi-district playoff game in Mumford. The team combined for a no-hitter thanks to the performances on the mound by junior Kyle Richardson and freshman Travis Hester.

“We came out fast and took care of business,” head coach Scott Holder said. “That’s what we talked about all week was coming out and beating them first and worry about the rest later.”

The victory was led by the dominant outing by Richardson. The junior threw six innings, striking out 11 batters while giving up four walks, and zero hits.

“My fastball had a lot of movement today and my velocity was back up,” Richardson said. “I tried to mix up my pitches and pitched to contact.”

It did not take long for the Cougars to build a lead as three batters into the top of the first, senior Ryan Johnson hit a sacrifice fly to score Walker Davis from third. On the next at bat, senior Baylor Rowlett hit a single to left field scoring sophomore Reece Easterling. Senior Cole Whittlesey then had a two RBI single three batters later scoring seniors Jake Georgiades and Cody Staab. Senior Izzy Martinez then plated Whittlesey on a bunt single, making the score 5-0 Cougars going to the bottom frame of the first. The team batted around, sending 12 batters to the plate in the opening frame.

“We came out early and got on base and had some key hits and played our game in the first couple innings,” said Holder.

The Cougars extended their lead in the third, starting with an RBI double to right field by Staab, scoring Georgiades from second. Whittlesey then hit a sacrifice fly to score Staab from third. The team then built their lead to 8-0, after Richardson hit an RBI single to score Martinez. Whittlesey led the team in hitting, finishing the game 3-3 with three hits and three RBI’s.

“I was just trying to go up there and put together some good at-bats, and the happened to fall for me tonight,” Whittlesey said. “It was a good team win.”

Freshman Travis Hester was then put in the bottom of the seventh to close the game. The freshman was perfect, striking out all three batters he faced, securing the win for the Cougars.

“We have to keep the momentum going from this win and keep starting out fast and finishing strong,” said Whittlesey.

With the win, the Cougars advance to the area round and will face Magnolia next in a three game series. Game One is next Thursday at 7 p.m., Game Two is Friday at 7 p.m., and Game Three is set for Saturday at 2 p.m.. All games will be played at Montgomery High School.