After defeating Spring Woods in an extra game to squeak into the playoffs for the first time in school history, the Tomball Memorial Wildcats shocked high school baseball fans by defeating Milby in the bi-district round of the Texas 4A playoff recently.
Behind some timely hitting and defense, the Wildcats eeked out a 6-5 win to open the best-of-three series against Milby.
Milby was able to get on the board first, plating two runs against Tomball Memorial starting pitcher Jared Sienkiewich. Sienkiewich was able to battle while not having his best stuff, as the Wildcat bats were able to keep pace with Milby.
Sienkiewich left the game with the Wildcats up 6-5 and Dylan Murrell was able to close the door, sealing the win with a 1-2-3 inning.
Milby traveled to Tomball for the second and what would be final game of the series.
Both teams could not push across a run in the first two innings, but Milby broke through after Wildcats starter Kyle Larson drilled their leadoff hitter, who eventually advanced and scored on a two-out single.
The Wildcats answered in the bottom half of the third, however, by loading the bases. They would tie the game on a wild pitch and eventually broke it open with a two-run single by Brady Kainer. Kainer later scored on an error, giving Tomball Memorial a 4-1 lead.
The Wildcats were able to extend the margin to 9-1 by the last inning, before Milby attempted a furious comeback.
A couple of base hits forced Larson out of the game and reliever Brandon Shoemaker was tagged with three quick runs. Some steller defense helped the Wildcats end the rally, as Sienkiewich made a great throw from center field to home plate, catching the runner off guard, who was eventually tagged out in a rundown.
Lefty pitcher Michael Cugini entered the game and promptly struck out the Milby batter to secure the win for Tomball Memorial.
The series win pushes the Wildcats to the area round of the playoffs, where they faced Galveston Ball in a best-of-three games series. The Wildcats were downed in two straight and were eliminated from the playoffs. Look for a full recap in the May 20 edition.