Jackets hand Heritage first district baseball loss

Mark Wilson mwilson@empiretribune.com
Derek Gifford slides across home plate to score a run ahead of an errant throw during a recent home game. The Yellow Jackets knocked off district-leading and seventh-ranked Midlothian Heritage Tuesday, 8-3.

Caleb Smith did not allow an earned run in seven innings and picked up the victory on the mound Tuesday in Stephenville’s 8-3 District 8-4A home baseball victory over seventh-ranked Midlothian Heritage.

It was the first loss in eight district outings so far for the Jaguars (15-4 overall). The win elevated the Jackets to 4-4 in district and 10-11-2 overall. 

Gage Graham, Tyeler Reed, Trevor Easter and Cade Dunavent drove in one run each for the Yellow Jackets.

Gabe Moore and Easter were both 2-for-2 at the plate.

Other hits were provided by Graham, Reed, Derek Gifford, Mason Castleberry and Cade Dunavent.

Smith allowed three hits and the three unearned runs. He recorded no strikeouts and walked only one in his seven innings.

Heritage had taken a 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning, but the Jackets tied it in the bottom of that frame.

Stephenville put together a five-run fourth inning, when three runs scored on two errors, and the other two runs came in on hits by Dunavent and Graham. The Jackets added on single runs in the fifth and sixth.

In the first district meeting with Heritage, March 16 in Midlothian, the Jackets lost a 6-4 decision.

Not only is Heritage No. 7 in the latest Texas High School Baseball Class 4A state rankings, district foe Godley is ranked sixth.

The Jackets were scheduled to play Friday at Alvarado. Their next game is set for Tuesday at home against Godley (7:30 p.m.).