An upside-down performance by Guyer’s lineup left the spring-breaking Wildcats giddy Tuesday.
Daulton Horton, Brandon Hendricks and Tristan Brown — the bottom three hitters for Guyer — accounted for nearly half their team’s hits and runs in an 11-2 win over Denton at Bronco Field.
The win gives coach Johnny Kinzy’s club a record of 2-0 in District 5-4A heading into a big early-season game against Trophy Club Nelson later this week.
“One through nine [in the batting order], it doesn’t matter where it comes from,” Kinzy said, his team now 6-11 overall. “But this was a real productive evening for the bottom of our order. I’m real proud of them.”
Brown, the No. 9 hitter, went 2-for-2, knocking in three runs and scoring one. No. 8 hitter Hendricks was 2-for-3 with one RBI and two runs scored. Horton, who bats seventh, was 1-for-2 with two runs scored.
Guyer jumped out to an 8-2 lead after three at-bats and bagged 11 hits in all, including a solo homer to left by Reid Battles in the seventh.
Leadoff hitter Jud Kinzy and Battles, in the 5-hole, also had two hits apiece and, like Brown, Kinzy plated runs in the second and third when the Wildcats took advantage of wildness by Denton starter Roman Arnold and sloppy fielding behind him.
Jud Kinzy made sure the game remained one-sided with some tough pitching. He struck out seven and held the Broncos to four hits and no earned runs.
Denton’s only runs crossed in the second, after a pair of infield errors.
“They did a great job of capitalizing on our mistakes. That’s what good teams do,” Denton coach Glen Harrison said of his Broncos (6-8, 0-2). “We weren’t sharp. They were. And they made us pay for it.”
Guyer scored in the top of the first when Cole Wessling was hit by a pitch and went around the bases on three wild pitches that new Denton catcher David Morris couldn’t corral.
With two outs in the second, Hendricks nearly decapitated Arnold with a rocket up the middle that scored Chris Monroe, who had reached via single.
Brown’s blooper to shallow center scored Hendricks, and after surviving a booted foul pop, Kinzy scored Brown with an infield single for a 4-0 Guyer lead.
Denton got a pair of runs back in the bottom of the second.
Speedy Charles Boosa reached when a hurried throw bad-hopped to first. Trevor Claytor followed with an infield single to the right side, and John Collins scored Boosa with an RBI single to left. Dakota Soward’s two-out infield single scored Claytor.
Guyer’s four-run third essentially put the game away, especially with Kinzy’s stingy pitching.
Domenic Pickering led off with a double and, after Battles singled and became the first of Morris’ two thrown-out-trying-to-steal victims, Pickering scored on a passed ball. When Monroe and Horton walked back to back, Harrison called upon Malik Minter to relieve.
In 2 1/3 innings, Arnold was charged with six hits, seven earned runs, three walks and six wild pitches. Minter didn’t start much better, giving up two hits and Brown’s sac fly to make it 8-2.
Guyer added two runs in the fifth, with one run scoring on an error, the other on Brown’s double.
Minter’s line saw four hits and three runs — two earned — charged in 2 2/3 innings. Luke Satterfield’s only hit allowed in working the final two frames for the Broncos was Battles’ belt over the left-field fence and onto Crescent Street.
“It’s always exciting to play a crosstown rival,” Johnny Kinzy said, “but they all count the same. We don’t put any more emphasis on any one.”
GUYER 11, DENTON 2
WP — Jud Kinzy. LP — Roman Arnold. 2B – G: Dominic Pickering, Tristan Brown; D: John Collins. HR — G: Reid Battles.