Bobcats shut out Lions, 13-0

John Tyler third baseman Nathan Jacobs tags out Hallsville runner Austin Blakely for the third out of the first inning of their game Wednesday at Mike Carter Field. (Herb Nygren Jr. | Tyler Morning Telegraph)

Hallsville halted John Tyler’s mini-streak, beating the Lions 13-0 on Wednesday to start the second half of District 14-4A baseball action.

The Bobcats put an early end to the contest after Josh Warbington hit a grand slam in the fifth to invoke the mercy-run rule.

JT endured 10 straight seasons without a district win before beating Marshall and, after a loss to Kilgore, defeating and Jacksonville last Friday.

Hallsville (16-7, 6-2 in 14-4A) scored in double digits for the fifth time in district play, following up an earlier 11-1 victory over JT. The Bobcats received big games from Warbington (1 for 1, four RBIs) along with Ronnie Gideon (3 for 4, four RBIs, two runs) and Jacob Walker (2 for 2, two runs).

Gideon gave Hallsville a 2-0 lead with a two-run single to highlight a five-run first. Gideon scored one of Hallsville’s two runs in the second and laced a two-run double in the third to help Hallsville go ahead 9-0.

JT senior catcher Jawun Hart stood out even in defeat, going 3 for 3 with a double to lead the Lions. Nathan Jacobs accounted for JT’s other hit.

Coby Weaver went the distance for Hallsville, limiting JT to four hits and striking out nine batters.

The Lions (6-11-1, 2-6) struck out seven times in the first three innings, then saw a promising frame end in the fourth when two baserunners were picked off to end the inning.

Senior lefty Dexter Blair started on the mound for JT. Blair faced five batters and allowed five runs before being replaced by Cesar Flores.

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District 14-4A

Hallsville 13, John Tyler 0

Hallsville 522 04 — 13 11 1

John Tyler 000 00 — 0 4 2

Coby Weaver and Jesse Han-son; Dexter Blair, Cesar Flores (1) and Jawun Hart. W – Weaver; L – Blair. 2B - H: Gavin Murrell, Ronnie Gideon; JT: Hart. HR – H: Josh Warbington (fifth, grand slam). SF – H: Andy Guinea, Connor Reich. SB – H: JC Daily (2), Murrell (2), Jacob Walker (2), Hanson; JT: Hart. CS – JT: Robert Garcia, Chris Garcia.

RECORDS — Hallsville 16-7 (6-2); John Tyler 6-11-1 (2-6).

NEXT UP — Hallsville at Whitehouse, 6:30 p.m. today; John Tyler at Nacogdoches, 6:30 p.m. today.

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