Henrietta had its ups and downs while competing in the American Cancer Society baseball tournament in Windthorst over the weekend. The low point came Saturday afternoon, with an 18-2 loss to Paradise.
The Bearcats faired better Friday with an 8-5 win over Bowie before falling to Godley 8-2. Henrietta added two ties to its season record on Thursday, a 5-5 final against Peaster and an 8-8 affair with Windthorst.
Facing the heavy hitting Panthers, Joe Dell Williams took the loss for the Bearcats, against 24 batters. Conner Fletcher took over to face 17 batters, with Nick Powell in the seventh inning.
The Bearcats logged one RBI, from Parker Kleinert.
Meanwhile, Paradise finished with 13 RBI’s. The Panthers took a 4-0 lead in the top of the first, and had pulled ahead 9-0 before the Bearcats could put numbers on the board. Paradise when on to post three runs in the third, one in the fourth and five runs in the fifth. Henrietta’s two runs came in the bottom of the second. Henrietta had four hits to Paradise’s 14, and committed six errors to one from the Panthers.
Philip Davis pitcher the Bearcats to a win over Bowie, facing 35 batters in seven innings for nine strikeouts.
It was a big outing for Davis, who also hit a double and tallied four RBI’s. Conner Fletcher finished with two RBI’s and Korben Allen had one.
With five runs in the third inning, Henrietta took a 7-1 lead. The team followed with one run in the fifth. Bowie Held the Bearcats to a 1-1 tie in the first, and scored four Runs in the fourth inning. Henrietta had one less hit than the Jackrabbits, 8-7. Both teams committed two errors each.
Henrietta’s two runs against Godley came in the fourth inning to tie the game. But Godley had other plans, and scored one in the fifth, three in the sixth inning and two in the seventh. The team outhit Henrietta 12-2 with the Bearcats committing five errors to Godley’s two.
Davis batted in both Henrietta runs.
Kleinert took the loss on the mound, facing 24 batters. Kleinert threw 54 strikes on 88 pitches. Ben Fletcher opened for the Bearcats, facing 16 pitchers for five strikeouts.
Tuesday, Henrietta travels to Nocona to open district play. Game time is set for 5 p.m. Thursday, the Bearcats travel to Bowie for tournament play.