John Tyler took the first win on the new turf at Mike Carter Field earlier this year.

Whitehouse claimed the first district victory on the surface.

Patty Miner took a perfect game into the sixth as the Wildcats defeated the Lions 9-0 in the District 16-5A opener on Tuesday.

Miner struck out 14 and walked none in six innings of work for Whitehouse (9-3, 1-0 16-5A). He didn't allow a base runner until Abraham Medina reached on a base hit to lead off the bottom of the sixth.

"He's been throwing well all year," Wildcats coach Derrick Jenkins said. "He's done it all year, keeps the ball low, throws three pitches for strikes and makes things easy."

John Tyler (4-6-1, 0-1) suffered its first home loss of the year but made Whitehouse work for everything. Unlike many district games in years past, this one went the full seven innings as the Lions defense came up with a number of big plays.

In the sixth, Whitehouse loaded the bases with no outs only for JT to turn a double play on a line drive to shortstop Michael Givens-Washington, who flipped to second to turn two and then caught a line drive on the next at bat to end the inning.

"We only had one error tonight; that's great for John Tyler baseball," Lions coach Tyson Wilson said. "But we've got to keep working to get that error out."

The Wildcats were primed for a couple big innings but only broke out once, stranding nine runners compared to two for JT.

After scratching out a run in the first, Whitehouse loaded the bases with three straight hits to start the second. The Wildcats scored two runs, but both came at the cost of an out, leaving it 3-0 until the fourth.

In the fourth, Whitehouse scored five runs on six hits, including a triple from Mason House, the lone extra-base hit of the night for either team.

"We finally got some balls to fall," Jenkins said of the fourth. "They made us earn everything we got today.

"I thought John Tyler played well. … (They) made a lot of great plays, so pretty impressed with the things he's doing over there."

House led the Wildcats offense with a 3-for-4 performance including two RBIs, a run and a walk. Landry Mayo went 3 for 4 with a run while Ryan Walls had two hits, two RBIs, a run and a walk.

Medina tallied JT's only hit when he sent an 0-2 pitch to shallow left field for a single. Wilson said he initially wanted Medina to bunt to get a base runner on but was glad to see the senior come through.

"He stepped up," Wilson said. "He's a senior; he's been on varsity for four years. He took that part of the game in his hands and he broke up the no-hitter."

The Lions had runners in scoring position in the seventh after three walks but couldn't get a runner across.

Nonetheless, Wilson saw signs of improvement from his squad, which went winless last year.

"We're getting better and we're going to keep working," Wilson said. "We're going to stay positive. We're going to keep competing."

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District 16-5A

Whitehouse 9, John Tyler 0

Whitehouse 120 500 1 - 9 13 0

John Tyler 000 000 0 - 0 1 1

Patty Miner, Bryce Cundieff (7) and Fiver Trimble. Kale Dunlap, Matthew Bartlett (5) and Decorian Blaylock. 3B – WH: Mason House. SB – WH: Clayton Pruitt, House, Brandon Rossiter, Connor Clark 2. JT: James Allen.

RECORDS - Whitehouse 9-3 (1-0); John Tyler 4-6-1 (0-1).

NEXT UP - Lufkin at Whitehouse, 7 p.m. Friday; John Tyler at Lindale, 7 p.m. Friday.

 

 
 

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