The Calallen Wildcats finished their non-district season on a high note March 20 with a shutout victory against the Carroll Tigers 7-0.
Calallen only lost one game heading into district play against the Moody Trojans
"We didn't do anything different from the last game to win this," said Wildcat head coach Steve Chapman. "We came out and swung the bat well and a great pitching performance from Jordan John."
John made it difficult for Carroll's batters, striking 12 out and allowing just three hits in 6 innings.
Jesse Ortiz pitched a complete game for the Tigers and had a rough outing from the first inning.
With two outs in the bottom of the first inning, Ortiz faced designated hitter Kris Guerrero, who managed an infield hit.
Catcher Patrick Frasier hit a single to right field, advancing Guerrero to third as Ortiz faced third baseman Logan Verrett.
Ortiz failed to find the strike zone, walking Verrett to load the bases for Matthew Garza.
One of the fastest players on Calallen's team, Garza speeded to first base after hitting the ball, which deflected off Ortiz's foot. Guerrero scored and all the runners were safe.
Calallen had a1-0 lead with two outs and the bases still loaded with Skyler Hoelscher at bat. He hit a 2-RBI single, bringing in Verrett and pinch runner Steven Guajardo.
After Aaron Alaniz brought in another run for Calallen with a single, the Wildcats were up 4-0.
John's stay on the mound was in jeopardy in the top of the second inning after loading the bases for the Tigers with just one out.
Carroll second baseman Ben Villafuente hit a pop fly to right field, but the runners did not advance.
Shortstop Luis Hinojosa batted next and worked a full count, but John struck him out swinging to keep Carroll from scoring in the inning.
The Wildcats extended their lead in the bottom of the third, 6-0, after Hoelscher knocked a 2-run home run, giving him 4 RBIs for the game.
The final run of the game came was reminiscent of Bill Buckner's classic 1986 error in the World Series as Calallen's Verrett hit a line drive down the first base line that went between the legs of Carroll's Matt Gomez, scoring in Guajardo.
The win against the Tigers completed a heavy week for the Wildcats who played four straight games in four days and won them all. They also beat tough competition from the Gregory-Portland Wildcats, Corpus Christi King Mustangs and Sinton Pirates.
"There's no doubt that playing a tough non-district schedule could help us out in district," Chapman said. "We set the schedule every year to play these teams and it has paid off in the past."
Calallen played the Robstown Cottonpickers Tuesday night to kick off its district season and Calallen faces the Tuloso-Midway Warriors Friday night at 8 at Calallen High School.