Ferris Jackets rout Mabank
MABANK – In a must-win game for both teams, the Ferris Jackets kept their playoff hopes alive by thumping the Mabank Panthers 8-4 on Friday, April 11.
The two teams came into the game with identical 3-4 records in district and both were fighting for a potential playoff birth. It was a scoreless affair until the top of the third inning but the Jackets had a couple of chances before that.
In the top of the first inning, Matthew Garcia got on base with one out and worked his way around to third base but the Jackets failed to drive him home.
In the following inning, Israel Munoz hit a lead off single over the third baseman’s head, Jacob Flores got hit by a pitch and Cody Hester got a bunt single to load the bases.
Three straight strikeouts, however, ended the inning.
The first run of the game was scored by Garcia in the next inning off of a fast ball to put the Jackets up 1-0.
He scored again two innings later when Spencer Piner hit an RBI single which made the score 2-0.
The Jackets continued to add onto their lead and by the sixth inning the score was 6-1.
It looked like Ferris was going to cruise go a victory, but with two runners on, Brandon Carrico of Mabank drove a changeup over the right field wall.
The three-run homerun cut the lead to two and made the score 6-4. The Jackets weren’t going to let them make a comeback tough.
In the top of the seventh, they tacked on two more runs to put the game away.
Key hitters in the inning were Willy Sage who had an RBI single and Joseph Rodriguez who hit a double to the left field wall.
There was a slight scare in the bottom of the inning when a Mabank hitter hit a bloop single, but he didn’t score and the Jackets went home a little closer to making the playoffs.