WACO — Grace Community continued its march toward a TAPPS 2-4A title as the Cougars swept Waco Reicher in a Saturday twinbill.
Grace won 8-2 as the visiting team in Game 1 before picking up an 11-0 win in five innings as the home team in Game 2.
The Cougars (16-5, 10-1) have two games remaining, both at home. On Tuesday they host rival Bishop Gorman and they entertain Dallas Shelton next Saturday. A pair of wins against two of the teams in the bottom half of the standings would secure the TAPPS 2-4A championship for Grace.
Jacob Spitzer was the star on the mound and at the plate in the first game. The senior allowed one earned run in six innings and struck out five to pick up his third win of the year. He also drove in three runs and doubled.
Jacob Wadle earned his fourth save of the year and supplied two RBIs. Blake White went 3 for 3 with two runs scored, Jonny Spitzer scored three runs and Dylan Sumpter had two hits and two RBIs.
In Game 2, Austin Patrick pitched a complete-game shutout, allowing three hits while striking out four.
Wadle went 3 for 3 at the plate with two doubles and four RBIs to lead the Cougars, who put up eight runs in the first inning after tallying four in the final frame of the first game. Jonny Spitzer went 2 for 3 with two runs scored out of the leadoff spot.
Grace Community 8, Waco Reicher 2
Grace 201 010 4 — 8 9 2
Reicher 000 200 0 — 2 6 1
Jacob Spitzer, Jacob Wadle (7) and Chandler Nutt. Travis Tanner, Adam Jimenez (7) and Michael Fitzhugh. W – Spitzer (3-2). L – Tanner. S – Wadle (4). 2B – GC: Spitzer, Dylan Sumpter.
Grace 11, Reicher 0
Reicher 000 00— 0 3 3
Grace 812 0x — 11 11 0
Connor Armstrong, Jacob Muhl (1), Jake Aydelotte (4) and Michael Fitzhugh. Austin Patrick and Call Florence. W – Patrick (4-1). L – Armstrong. 2B – GC: Jacob Wadle 2, Chandler Nutt.
RECORDS — Grace 16-5 (10-1).
NEXT UP — Bishop Gorman at Grace, 6 p.m. Tuesday.
Whitehouse falls to Rockwall-Heath, 4-3
ROCKWALL — A pair of district leaders squared off Saturday afternoon in a non-district game at Rockwall-Heath High School.
Whitehouse was stopped 4-3 by Rockwall-Heath, last year’s Class 4A state champions, thanks to a three-run rally by the Hawks in the fifth inning.
The Wildcats (18-7) lead District 16-4A with a 7-0 record while Heath (17-8) is tops in 12-5A at 8-1.
Whitehouse went in front 3-0 in the top of the first inning off Rockwall-Heath starter Ryan Kinney. Derek Clemons drove in two runs with a double and Jake Parker added an RBI single.
Wildcats starter Peyton Conser gave up a run in the bottom of the first but held the home side in check after that until the bottom of the fifth. Conser went 4 2-3 innings, allowing four runs on three hits with five walks and three strikeouts.
Rockwall-Heath’s Russell Hughes delivered a double that was part of a three-run inning.
Kinney and Connor Roth combined to stop Whitehouse after the first inning to secure the 4-3 win.
Rockwall-Heath 4, Whitehouse 3
Whitehouse 300 000 0 — 3 5 0
Heath 100 030 x — 4 4 1
Peyton Conser, Ryan Cheatham (5) and Derek Clemons; Ryan Kinney, Connor Roth (4) and Dylan Lewis. W – Kinney. L – Conser. S – Lewis. 2B – WH: Derek Clemons; R: Brett Boswell, Russell Hughes.
RECORDS — Whitehouse 18-7; Rockwall Heath 17-8.