STEPHENVILLE—It took more than the allotted seven innings to decide the winner in Stephenville’s District 8-4A match-up with Alvarado Friday, as the Jackets went on to a 3-2 victory in the eighth.
It was the “Autrey Pitching Show” for SHS as brothers JT and Garrett combined to toss the entire game, each only giving up a run apiece.
It looked like Alavardo was going to start off strong after the lead-off hitter doubled and scored. The Indians then proceeded to load the bases, but JT managed to pitch his way out of the jam. He did so again in the second inning.
JT tossed the first three frames, striking out five and walking five, before Garrett relieved him. Garrett finished the contest for the Jackets, allowing just four hits, striking out 11 as well as getting a big out with a pickoff at second base.
Head Coach Steve Carroll said his pitchers threw an exceptional game.
The Jackets struggled to get the bats working in this one.
After scoring two in the bottom of the first, the Jackets had trouble sending another one across the plate.
“Their pitchers did a good job against us,” said Coach Carroll. “We just weren’t able to put our walks and hits together at the same time.”
They found a way to put it together when it mattered. In the bottom half of the extra frame, JT was hit with the Michael Lawler pitch and was followed by a Garrett walk and a Brad Picha bunt base hit.
With the bases loaded, Reese Robinson drove in the game-winner with a sacrifice fly to the outfield.
The Jackets improve to 1-1 in district play and drop the Indians to 0-2. SHS will hit the field in Joshua on Tuesday at 7 p.m.