The Wharton Tigers watched their District 25-4A game slip away early and couldn’t recover in an 8-3 loss to the El Campo Ricebirds in a game played Tuesday, April 16. 

El Campo took the lead on a single in the second inning.

In the second inning, El Campo got its offense started when it singled on a 2-1 count, scoring one run.

The Ricebirds scored five runs in the seventh inning. El Campo’s big inning was driven via singles by three players and an error on a ball put in play by two other players.

Jacob Palacios started the game for Wharton. He went six innings, allowing three runs on four hits and striking out eight. Larry Mendez threw one inning out of the bullpen.

WHS’s Donovan Krushall, Kyler Jackson, Palacios, Jacob Viktorin, Christian Wynn, and Philip Olson all had one hit for the Tigers.

El Campo racked up eight hits on the day.

Wharton vs. Fulshear

Wharton couldn’t recover in a 12-6 loss to Fulshear in a game that was rescheduled to Friday, April 19 as a result of inclement weather earlier in the week.

Fulshear scored on a home run by Julian Brock in the first inning, a fielder’s choice by Conner Hodges in the first inning, and a single by Jacob Shamban in the second inning.

Wharton collected five hits and Fulshear had 14 in the high-scoring affair.

Fulshear pulled away for good with one run in the second inning. In the second, Shamban singled on the first pitch of the at bat, scoring one run.

Fulshear scored seven runs in the third inning. Dylan Theut, Brock, Josh Hayes, Luke Cantu, and Korbin Champion each had an RBI in the frame.

Travis Long toed the rubber for Fulshear. He allowed four hits and four runs over two innings, striking out three.

Blaine Zulauf was on the pitcher’s mound for the Tigers. He surrendered eight runs on eight hits over two and a third innings. Jacob Viktorin and Trey Espinosa entered the game from the bullpen, throwing three and a third innings and one-third of an inning respectively.

Christian Wynn led Wharton with two hits in two at bats.

Fulshear had 14 hits in the game. 

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