With one game remaining in district play, Henrietta baseball has yet to clinch a playoff berth. It’s another mark on the season that will likely standout in the memories of the Bearcats for much longer, sweeping Holliday in 9-2A.
Henrietta earned it second win of the season against the powerhouse program Tuesday night, 5-2. The win improved the Bearcats to 16-9-2 for the season and 7-4 in district for third place. Henrietta needs a win over Alvord, a team that defeated the Bearcats in the first round, 14-7, Friday night to hold onto its position in the standings.
Three runs in the third inning put Henrietta in position to beat Holliday with a big defensive effort holding the Eagles at bay. Henrietta took a 1-0 lead in the first inning, but allowed Holliday to even the score in the top of the third.
Henrietta regained the lead in the bottom of the inning, and added one run in the fifth. The Eagles added a run in the seventh, but were unable to produce a rally.
Henrietta finished with eight hits to Holliday’s seven. The two teams committed one error each.
Joe Dell Williams led the Bearcat lineup with two hits on two at-bats. Nick Powell and Coty McKelvey each finished 2-for-3. Korben Allen, Ben Fletcher and Powell had one RBI each. Conner Fletcher, Ben Fletcher and Ethan Cantrell advanced on steals.
Korben Allen earned the win with seven innings of work on the mound, facing 32 batters for nine strikeouts. He threw 111 pitches for 83 strikes, while the bearcats fielded five groundouts and six flyouts. Allen is 5-2 this season.
Holliday’s Ryan Todd played a role in both Eagle runs, with an RBI and a solo homerun.
Henrietta’s win knocked Holliday out of playoff contention. The Eagles are 6-4 in district.