Guyer coach Johnny Kinzy couldn’t find many positives from Friday night’s game against Frisco Centennial and even went so far as to suggest it may have been one of his team’s all-time sloppiest performances.
If there were a bright spot, he was glad it wasn’t a district game.
The 10-4 loss comes just three days after the Wildcats opened District 5-4A play with a 5-2 win at Azle. But this game was drastically different as Guyer (6-7) committed five errors and was held to five hits. The Titans (6-5-2) pounded out nine hits and put the game out of reach with three-run innings in the first, fourth and seventh.
“Since we’ve been here, we may not always have the best hitting team or the best pitchers, but we do pride ourselves on having a consistent defense,” Kinzy said. “It’s what we used to beat Azle the other night, but it was sloppy tonight. I hate losing, but if we use tonight as an example that you need to be making the routine plays and we use that to our advantage going forward, then it’s worthwhile.”
Guyer committed three errors before the first inning had ended and trailed 6-1 heading into the bottom of the fifth. The Wildcats’ best chance at getting back into the game came in that fifth inning. With the bases loaded, Titans relief pitcher Austin Bourdreaux had two balks called against him, which plated two runs and cut the Centennial lead to 6-3.
After James Farris was hit by a pitch, Connor Herriage ripped a single for another score.
But the Wildcats still trailed 6-4 and finished the inning with two runners stranded on base. Centennial then pushed its lead to 7-4 with a run in its half of the sixth inning — thanks to two more Guyer miscues — and scored three more runs in the top of the seventh. Garrett Oldham led that charge with a two-run double after the Titans had loaded the bases off two infield hits.
The Wildcats were held scoreless the rest of the way and stranded four more runners over the final two innings. That included the bottom of the seventh when they loaded the bases with one out.
“It all goes back to the earlier innings,” Kinzy said. “We had our scoring opportunities, but they [Centennial] got all the key hits tonight.”
Frisco Centennial 10, Guyer 4
Centennial 300 301 3 — 10 9 0
Guyer 100 030 0 — 4 5 5
WP — Taylor Floyd (2-1). LP — Chance Jones (1-2). 2B — FC: Garrett Oldham. Records — Guyer 6-7, Frisco Centennial 6-5-2.