Grace Community and All Saints combined for three runs in 10 innings the first time they met on the diamond, with strong pitching and defense ruling the day.

Friday night's matchup was the polar opposite, with the teams scoring 10 runs on seven errors in the first two innings alone.

The result, however, was the same, with the Cougars earning a 12-4 win to stay on top of the TAPPS 2-4A standings, capitalizing on a controversial sixth-inning call to pull away from the defending district champs.

"I'm proud of the guys for fighting tonight," Grace coach Kendall Fox said. "It was a big win."

Chandler Nutt hit a two-run homer in the fifth to highlight a 2-for-3 day (three RBIs, two runs) to lead the Cougars (14-5, 8-1).

Blake White added a 3-for-5 performance (double, two runs, RBI) while Jacob Spitzer (RBI, three runs) and Jacob Wadle both doubled for Grace.

Cougars starter Canaan Klaassen overcame a rocky start to hold the Trojans scoreless for the final five innings, with Wadle recording the final two outs.

"Canaan didn't have his best stuff; the one thing about Canaan is he battles," Fox said.

"He may give up a couple hits, a couple runs, but he'll get back there on the rubber, toe it up and throw a next pitch no matter what.

"That's one thing I love about him is he never quits, never gives up no matter how good or bad the pitch may be before."

The Cougars scored two runs on two hits and two errors in the first and added four runs on four hits and two errors in the second. The Trojans (16-10, 8-4) countered with two runs on three hits and an error in the first and two runs on one hit and two errors in the second as the game was 6-4 Grace after two wild innings.

Garrett Buatte led the way for All Saints with two hits, two runs and an RBI double.

The game tipped toward the Cougars with a four-run sixth.

Grace had already scored on a second consecutive hit batsman from Trojans pitcher William Young when Call Florence came to the plate with the bases still full. On a 2-2 count, the umpire awarded Florence first base on a walk on ball 3.

Despite arguments from All Saints coach Jerry Courtney, Wadle crossed home plate for the first of three run-scoring walks.

"What the umpire told me is that he indicated a 3-2 count the previous pitch," Courtney said. "To be honest with you, I'm not listening for what the umpire is saying; I know what the count is and I'm relying on him to have it right.

"I was very disappointed to hear the field umpire say that she had the same count as well because that's impossible because we had the same count, Grace at the same count — the reason I know that is because coach Fox did not send any of his runners at all."

The umpires opted not to go with the book or scoreboard, both of which showed a 2-2 count.

Fox said he wasn't sure what the count was though he heard a few of his players say it was a third ball. Both coaches agreed that the call didn't decide the game.

"In hindsight I could've been watching every move of the plate umpire but I was relying on him to do his job correctly and it didn't happen and I got burned," said Courtney, who admitted his prolonged argument with the umpire didn't help Young on the mound. "He's back there working hard, trying to get it right, but there's no way that both umpires should've had the wrong count.

"That's disappointing but that in no way shape or form lost us the game — no way. I think that Grace played well and deserved to win."



Grace Community 12, All Saints 4

Grace         240  024  0 — 12   11  6

All Saints   220  000 0  —  4      8  5

Canaan Klaassen, Jacob Wadle (7) and Call Florence. Parker Towns, Owen Harris (2), Coleton Oldham (4), William Young (6), Aston Francis (7) and Chandler Hammond. W – Klaassen (5-2). L – Towns. 2B – GC: Jacob Spitzer, Blake White, Jacob Wadle. AS: Garrett Buatte, Grant Bengston. HR – GC: Chandler Nutt (fifth, one on).

RECORDS — Grace 14-5 (8-1); All Saints 16-10 (8-4).

NEXT UP — Grace at Waco Reicher, noon Saturday, doubleheader; All Saints at Dallas Parish Episcopal, 7 p.m. Tuesday.

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