The Wharton Tigers improved to 4-1 on the season as they went into the final days of February getting victories against Hitchcock (10-2) and Palacios (4-0) during the Hitchcock Tournament.
Pitching has been an important part of the Tigers’ success and it showed again.
“We had a very strong pitching performance by Jaden Compian,” Wharton coach Wade Mathis said. Compian threw 80 pitches and didn’t walk a batter in five innings.
Mathis was pleased with the offense.
“There was some heads up base running by Ryan Mendiola and Ryan Guzman,” Mathis said.
The Tigers’ Jayrod Jackson had his first varsity hit in the fifth inning to help the team take a 1-0 lead. “It came in the clutch to open our big inning for us,” Mathis said.
Wharton won 4-0 against Palacios the following day. It wasn’t the offensive fireworks that were displayed the day before, but with Larry Mendez pitching, the Tigers didn’t need it.
“Mendez had a complete game with no earned runs, of course, and pitched out of plenty of tough spots with only 94 pitches thrown,” Mathis said. “He knows how to compete that’s for sure.”
With the game still in question, Wharton’s Sammie Mendez hit a bunt scoring Mendiola. Then in the fifth inning, Sterling Harris earned a hit to put Wharton ahead for good, 3-0.
“We had a squeeze play that was successful and fun to watch, and a big hit by Harris that helped us get some cushion,” Mathis said. “We consistently made the defensive plays that we needed to make, which gave us the win.”
Monday’s inclement weather forced Wharton’s road game in Goliad to be played Tuesday. The home game against Brazos March 9 has been cancelled.