Guyer put up five runs in the first three innings before holding on for a 5-4 win over Lake Dallas on Tuesday, thanks to some key defensive plays and some bad execution from the Falcons.
“Poor execution is what it was,” Lake Dallas head coach John Tompkins said. “We had a chance to win a game if we get a bunt down, we execute on a hit-and-run, we don’t miss a sign. We had runners on first and second with no outs and can’t get a bunt down. We have a runner on second and can’t move him twice. Poor execution.”
The win puts Guyer (9-7, 4-0) in a first-place tie with Wichita Falls, while it drops Lake Dallas (10-10, 3-1) out first place early in the district schedule. The Wildcats travel to Wichita Falls to play the Coyotes on Tuesday after a Friday game at Wichita Falls Rider.
The Falcons got the leadoff runner on base in every inning, but failed to execute Tompkins’ calls and avoid getting thrown out on the bases as they made outs on the bases in four of the final five innings.
“It’s just basically the execution of being able to throw the ball, catch the ball and apply a tag,” Guyer head coach Johnny Kinzy said of his team’s defensive effort. “[Catcher] Luke [Cullum] was big-time getting the outs at second base. We take pride in our defense and making sure we can throw and catch the ball.”
Guyer got four outs on the bases, with two coming from Cullum, a sophomore catcher who picked a runner off at second base in the fourth inning and threw out a would-be base-stealer in the seventh on a botched hit-and-run.
“We work on it every day,” Tompkins said. “Every day we work on bunting, slashing, hit-and-run, and tonight we couldn’t do it.”
The Wildcats pounded out eight of their nine hits in the first three innings, when they built a 5-1 lead against Lake Dallas sophomore starter Grant Landry, who threw a 68-pitch one-hitter in his last outing against Trophy Club Nelson. Guyer chased him after 2 2/3 innings, highlighted by a deep RBI double from James Farris, an RBI triple from Zak Koehler and a two-run double from Connor Herriage.
“We got some key hits early,” Kinzy said. “The one downfall was we threw up three zeroes in a row [from the fourth inning on] and that made it a one-run game at the end with the tying run in scoring position.”
Lake Dallas chased Guyer starter Daulton Horton after four-plus innings when the Falcons cleared the bases on a run-scoring wild pitch and a two-run single from Will Lipsey to pull within a run. That’s when reliever Douglas Palmer entered and struck out two batters before getting a weak pop-up to end the fifth inning. He worked a six-pitch sixth before running into problems in the top of the seventh after walking Lipsey, the leadoff man, on four pitches.
Chance Jones entered with Lipsey on first before Cullum threw him out at second base. Jones allowed a walk and a single but got a game-ending comebacker to the mound to secure the victory.
Guyer pitchers walked five hitters and put four on via hit-by-pitch.
“Douglas and Chance, both, I have full faith in them,” Kinzy said. “It’s new to them. It’s their first year on varsity, but they get in and compete and that allowed us to be in position to win a baseball game.”
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Guyer 5, Lake Dallas 4
WP — Daulton Horton (4-0). LP — Grant Landry. S — Chance Jones. 2B — G: Connor Herriage, James Farris. 3B — G: Zak Koehler. Records — Lake Dallas (10-10, 3-1). Guyer (9-7, 4-0).