The Wharton Tigers snapped a four-game losing streak recently when they defeated the Brookshire Royal Falcons last week at home.
The close 2-1 victory played Friday, April 5 was won in the fifth inning.
The game was tied at one with the home Tigers batting in the bottom of the fifth when Donovan Krushall’s sacrifice fly scored one run for WHS.
Krushall had two at bats, but this was the most important of the two to get his team the eventual win.
The 2-1 score indicates that the pitching was strong on both sides. Wharton Tigers pitchers struck out 11, while Royal pitching had three Ks.
WHS’s Jacob Palacios got the win. He lasted six and a third innings, allowing four hits and one run while striking out 11. WHS reliever Blaine Zulauf threw two-thirds of an inning in relief out of the bullpen. Zulauf recorded the last two outs to earn the save for Wharton.
The Tigers got on the scoreboard before Royal in the first inning off an error.
Royal knotted the game up at one in the top of the third inning. Michael Moffitt drove in one when he singled.
Royal pitcher Benny Ybanra led things off on the hill for Royal. He allowed six hits and two runs over six innings, striking out three.
Palacios led Wharton with two hits in three at bats.
Among the other WHS hitters to earn a hit were Kyler Jackson (double), Jacob Viktorin, Philip Olson, and Kurtys Mayberry.
Wharton vs. Sealy
The Tigers were not able to sustain a win streak after they defeated Royal a few days prior.
Wharton fell behind early and couldn’t come back in a 13-1 loss to Sealy on Tuesday, April 9. Sealy took the lead on a double in the first inning.
In the first inning, Sealy got its offense started when a hitter drove in one after doubling.
Sealy scored five runs in the third inning.
Garret Zaskoda led things off on the pitcher’s mound for Sealy. He lasted three innings, allowing one hit and zero runs while striking out six.
Blaine Zulauf was on the hill for Wharton. He lasted two innings, allowing six hits and seven runs while walking one. Larry Mendez and Trey Espinosa entered the game in relief, throwing one and two-thirds innings and one-third of an inning respectively.
Blake Bijarro and Jacob Viktorin each collected one hit to lead Wharton Tigers.
Sealy totaled 10 hits in the game.
One positive for WHS was its one error. The team had hits from Viktorin and Blake Bijarro (double).