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Bearcats break in new scoreboard with run-rule over Petrolia


A new scoreboard was dedicated at Burkman-Whitaker Field prior to the Henrietta-Petrolia varsity baseball game Monday night. Honored for sponsoring the scoreboard were Clay County Memorial Hospital, represented by Board of Managers President Don Davis, Lloyd Duncan of Duncan Insurance, Danny Allen of Legend Bank, Jerry and Kyle Johnson of Jerry's Sporting Goods, Henrietta All Sports Club, represented by President Randy Crumpton, and United Regional Sports Medicine Program, represented by Jeremy Woodward, Tim Martini of Martini services (not pictures), and Robert Forrester of Four Stars Auto Ranch (not pictured).

With five hits in three innings, Henrietta earned a 10-0, run-rule win over Petrolia in five innings Monday night. It was the Bearcats second defeat of the Pirates in three days.

Philip Davis earned the win from the mound, with 52 strikes on 78 pitches. Davis faced 21 batters, resulting in eight strikeouts. The Bearcats committed two errors.

The Pirates were limited to three hits, and committed three errors, allowing Henrietta’s Conner Fletcher and Nick Powell to reach first.

Henrietta scored three runs in the first inning, three in the second and four in the four in the third inning on seven RBI’s. Conner Fletcher and Korben Allen tallied two RBI’s each. Zach Byers, Ben Fletcher and Powell finished with one RBI each. Allen and Ben Fletcher doubled. Byers, Conner Fletcher, Ben Fletcher, Coty McKelvey and Powell moved down the baseline on steals.

Jacksboro Tournament

Henrietta also defeated Petrolia Friday during the Jacksboro Tournament, in which the Bearcats took second place.

The 6-2 final came just one day after Byers pitched a no-hitter in the Bearcats 16-0 run rule over Glen Rose.

Allen earned the win over Petrolia with three inning of work. Allen faced 14 batters for eight strikeouts. He threw 41 strikes on 62 pitches. Conner Fletcher closed with one strike out and two fly outs against three batters.

Petrolia took a 2-1 lead in the second inning, but Henrietta came alive in the third, scoring five runs. Henrietta finished with six hits and committed one error. Petrolia had one hit and no errors.

Ben Fletcher hit a double and two RBI’s for the Bearcats. Allen, Conner Fletcher, Davis and Parker Dunkerley each had an RBI. Byers, Allen and Davis had stolen bases.

Brady Mataska batted in both Petrolia runs.

Henrietta followed with two losses.

Friday night, the Bearcats fell to home field favorite Jacksboro, 6-5.

Conner Fletcher followed Ben Fletcher on the mound, and was unable to pull off a save. Ben Fletcher faced 19 batters, throwing 74 pitches for 47 strikes. Conner Fletcher faced nine batters for 19 strikes on 31 pitches.

Jacksboro took a 1-0 lead in the first inning. Henrietta took over with one run in the third, and two runs each in the fourth and fifth innings, but could not hold back a five-run Tiger rally in the sixth.

Ben Fletcher finished with a double and one RBI. Conner Fletcher also had an RBI.

Saturday, the Bearcats took a 10-0 loss to state-ranked Archer City.

Joe Dell Williams took the loss on the mound, facing 16 batters for two strikeouts. Williams threw 41 pitches for 27 strikes after taking over for Zach Byers. Byers faced 15 batters, throwing 36 strikes on 63 pitches.

Archer City held Henrietta to one hit, a single by Ben Fletcher, while collecting eight hits. Henrietta committed three errors.

Coming Up

The varsity Bearcats travel to Windthorst March 1-3 for the American Cancer Society Tournament. Tuesday, March 6, the team travels to Nocona for a 5 p.m. start.


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