Following several cancellations due to inclement weather, the Wharton Tigers got to play baseball finally and earned their first victory of the young season thanks to solid pitching.
The non-district win came against the East Bernard Brahmas, 11-1, thanks to a no-hitter by pitchers Ryan Mendiola and Larry Mendez.
“It was great to get the first win that’s for sure,” said second-year coach Wade Mathis, who was raised in Wharton, graduated from Wharton High School, and now leads the baseball program.
The 10-run victory also displayed Wharton’s offense.
“Base running was key in the win, and some big time hitting,” Mathis said. “My guys want to compete and they want greatness. If they stay the course, they will achieve that.”
According to the Wharton ISD Athletics Department, Wharton will be competing in the Hitchcock Tournament from Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 25-27.
Wharton competed against Boling in a scrimmage earlier this month, and now won an actual game, this one against East Bernard. Both are Wharton County teams. But by beating a county team, it’s not about bragging rights, Mathis said.
“I have a lot of respect for East Bernard,” he said. “We just competed and played good baseball.”
After scrimmaging several teams, the Tigers’ games are now counting toward their season ledger. This is the second year that the Tigers Field Complex has been in existence, but the first time the Tigers have used it due to cancelling the 2020 season amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The new facility helps in bring a newfound attitude.
“I am a Wharton guy, and I love that we are bringing back that great Wharton baseball pride. I and the players are all about putting it back on the map.”