KRUM — As far as the district standings were concerned, nothing was at stake in Krum and Frisco Lone Star’s game Tuesday evening.
But for two teams entrenched at the top of their districts, it was a chance to squeeze a nondistrict game into their schedules before district battles pick back up.
The Bobcats broke the game open early and cruised to an 8-4 victory over the Rangers on a chilly night.
As other games across the region were postponed or canceled, the Krum and Lone Star coaches moved their game up by 2 1/2 hours to squeeze in the contest.
“Both of us wanted to play,” Krum head coach Ray Miller said. “We needed the work. We don’t need a game off at this time of the year.”
Krum and Lone Star entered the contest with identical district records. Lone Star (10-12, 3-1 District 10-3A) was coming off a 2-1 district victory over Argyle, with Argyle ranked fourth in Class 3A. Krum (19-2, 3-1) sits near the top of the 9-3A standings and took advantage of an opportunity to avenge one of its two losses.
Krum’s Josh Reeves went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs. Brendan Styles went 2-for-3 with two stolen bases and a walk.
Ty Damron, a Texas Tech signee, went 2-for-4 with a double and stole home.
The Bobcats opened the first inning with two errors that allowed Lone Star to take a 1-0 lead. That lead held until the bottom of the second.
The Rangers placed left-handed starter Gannon Sanders on the mound for one of only a few times this season, Lone Star coach Joey Franke said. Sanders couldn’t get his breaking ball to fall in the strike zone and was unable to survive the second inning.
In the second, Krum plated seven runs on five hits, four runs and two sacrifice bunts.
“[Sanders] struggled to throw strikes, and we didn’t chase pitches out of the zone,” Miller said. “We were patient at the plate and we had some good at-bats in that inning. That was a big inning.”
The cushion was plenty for Krum’s Colten Lucas. Lucas allowed one earned run and four hits in 3 1/3 innings. When Lucas was pulled in the fourth, Justin Graham took the mound with the bases loaded and one out on the board, the task of protecting Krum’s lead now his.
Graham got Ben Collins to strike out swinging, and Tyler Levan struck out looking on a pitch that caught the outside of the strike zone.
“I don’t have the best stuff,” Graham said. “I don’t throw very hard, but I just came in there with that mentality, saying that, ‘You need to go in there and shut it down and get it done.’ This was a good team we played against.”
The Lone Star coach said Tuesday evening’s performance was very uncharacteristic for his squad. He said his team usually is pretty aggressive at the plate, but that wasn’t the case against the Bobcats.
“We weren’t mentally ready to play,” Franke said. “They capitalized on our mistakes, and we didn’t capitalize when they made some.”
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KRUM 8, FRISCO LONE STAR 4
Frisco Lone Star
WP — Colten Lucas. LP — Gannon Sanders. S — Justin Graham. 2B — LS: Ben Collins; K: Josh Reeves, Ty Damron.