LITTLE ELM — It's safe to say Braswell's ace on the mound Brant Bennett can throw strikes. Of the 17 batters Bennett faced Tuesday night, he struck out 12.
It was the second time in a District 5-5A game this season the junior struck out 12 batters, and the Bengals' 6-0 home win against Wichita Falls on Tuesday night was his third scoreless outing of the year.
The win pushes Braswell into third place in 5-5A, and it is up one game on Denton and Denison.
"Brant's on another level right now," Braswell coach Donnie Watson said. "Wichita Falls didn't even get close to touching him tonight."
Bennett threw five innings before being relieved by Alec Lawrence and Jordan Jones. Jones struck out two Coyotes in the final two frames to secure the victory.
The Coyotes' lone hit came in the second inning when Grant Harvey smacked a bunt down the third-base line that Bennett couldn't get to in time.
The Bengals went on a two-out rally in the bottom third. Bennett drilled a triple to right field, then a passed ball brought him home. Nathan Love reached on an error, then Jones ripped an RBI single up the middle to plate Love's pinch runner, Nick Eastman.
In the bottom fifth, Jones ripped another single and was brought home by an RBI triple from Lawrence to give the Bengals a 4-0 lead.
Braswell drove in its final two runs in the sixth when Brandon Lopez and Chase Fields each recorded a single, a pitch hit Bennett and then two pass balls let Lopez and Fields score.
The Bengals have three games left in their regular season, and the fight for third and fourth place in 5-5A will come down to the wire. Denton and Denison's game was canceled to because of wet fields, but they will play Wednesday.
Braswell hosts Denison on Friday.
"We wanted to start the program in the [playoff] hunt," Watson said. "Whether we catch the rabbit or not, I don't care. We're in the hunt."
Watson's last coaching stop was as an assistant at Denton. He gave his thoughts on what the last game of district would look like.
"I think it would be interesting if we played the last game of the season against Denton to decide third and fourth place to get to the playoffs," Watson said. "We're not trying to squeeze in. We want to finish as high as we can in this competitive district."
Braswell 6, Wichita Falls 0
WP: Brant Bennett. LP: Jacob Weaver. 3B — DB: Brant Bennett, Alex Lawrence. Records: Braswell (12-15, 5-4) Wichita Falls (4-20, 0-10)