PLANO — Counting a crazy game-ending play in which he got the ball twice and wound up being credited with both a putout and an assist, Krum catcher Josh Reeves retired three Ferris players with his right arm Friday night.
The Bobcats and their fans will be looking for a lot more of that this afternoon when Reeves takes the mound in an effort to close out the Yellowjackets in a Class 3A area-round playoff series.
“It’ll be a battle tomorrow,” Krum coach Ray Miller predicted. “Josh Reeves will pitch and he’ll pitch well.”
Krum took a 4-1 victory in Friday’s Game 1, improving to 23-5 on the season, behind the eight-strikeout performance of ace lefty Ty Damron.
Game 2 of the best-of-three affair on the artificial turf at the John Paul II School Athletic Complex is set for 1 p.m. If needed, a third game would follow approximately 30 minutes after the second.
Last time out, Damron threw a 17-strikeout six-inning no-hitter against Celina. He won Friday despite seeing his team held to four hits, the same number he allowed.
“Offensively, this is one of those games where we didn’t come out and shine,” said Krum right fielder Colten Lucas, who led his team with a 2-for-2 plate performance. “But we’ll definitely have it tomorrow.”
Miller wasn’t apologizing after the win over Ferris’ District 11-3A champs.
“I thought we did a good job of pitching to their better hitters,” the Bobcats coach said. “We kept them off the base paths. We threw out some guys, too, and that helps.”
Reeves threw out runners trying to steal in the first and fifth innings and Damron picked a runner off in the third. Yellowjackets coach Matt Wolfe said his 19-10 team “missed a couple of signs and it cost us a bunch.”
Lucas’ one-hop double off the leftfield wall highlighted a three-run second for the Bobcats, with Damron and Justin Graham also chipping in base knocks.
But Krum’s only other hit was Lucas’ infield single in the sixth.
Ferris got on the scoreboard in the fifth when Nate Duran’s doubled off the top of the wall and scored on Adrian Gonzales’ single.
But Damron made sure Krum got that run back in the bottom of the frame.
His head-first slide at first beat the Yellowjackets’ try for an inning-ending double play. Graham (1-for-1 with two walks) scored to make it 4-1.
With two away in the seventh, Lucas lost Gonzales’ flyball in the lights, giving Gonzales his own 2-for-2 plate performance.
The right fielder retrieved the ball and threw it to Reeves at the plate to hold Ferris’ Jr. Gutierrez at third.
When Reeves missed getting Gonzales out at second, Krum shortstop Brendan Styles saw Gutierrez break for home and gunned him out.
Krum 4, Ferris 1