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Jackets lose two close ones

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The Ellis County Press
FERRIS – The Ferris Jackets baseball (5-7) played the last two baseball games before district this past week and were edged out by one run in each.

The first game was played against Royse City in Royse City on Tuesday, March 11.

The Jackets drew first blood by scoring in the top of the first inning.

With one out Israel Munoz hit a single to left field.

He worked his way around the bases by a combination of stealing and passed balls and eventually scored.

No one scored again until the bottom of the third when Royse City piled all three of their runs together.

The Jackets had two errors, one a dropped ball in right field and one a missed grounder third base, that lead to the runs, all of which were unearned.

Ferris scored one last run in the fifth inning to cut the lead to 3-2.

They came close to tying the game in the seventh.

Taylor Johnson hit a slow grounder to the shortstop who didn’t field it cleanly and allowed Johnson to get on base.

Sophomore Manuel Enriquez pinch ran for Johnson but was picked off at second base by a trick play to end the game.

Brett Scott pitched the entire game and kept his team close, but there wasn’t enough offense generated to win.

The second game was on Friday, March 14 against Maypearl in Ferris.

The first home game of the season for the Jackets was very similar to the game just days before. They had great pitching, this time by Spencer Piner, and they played well except for one inning in which Maypearl scored both of their runs.

Ferris’ only run was scored in the sixth inning to make the final score 2-1. However, this inning will be remembered for lack of execution.

There were runners on second and third with two outs and Jacob Flores struck out looking and ended the Jackets’ last scoring opportunity.

Although the Jackets proved they can keep the game close against good teams, they need to get over the hump and win those close games in order to be successful in district.

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