Written by Corbett Smith
Wylie East's 7-run fifth inning fuels 13-3 win over Lovejoy, clinches 13-4A baseball title
LUCAS – With its starter struggling with his control – and a comfortable four-run lead cut in half – Wylie East needed an answer.
Seven runs in a single inning is quite the response.
Wylie East blew open its season finale by batting around in the fifth inning, clinching the District 13-4A title with a 13-3 six-inning run-rule win over Lovejoy on the road.
“[Lovejoy] started rolling a bit,” Wylie East coach Heath Andrews said. “You’ve got to give them credit; they were battling. But I had a feeling that we were going to hit.”
Andrews explained that when the bottom of the lineup does well, his whole team hums along – as was the case against Lovejoy (16-15, 11-3). Seven of the team’s runs were scored by the East’s No. 5-9 hitters. The bottom of the lineup also produced six RBIs. No. 9 hitter Mitchell Clark went 2 for 2, with a double and a towering home run to left field.
After Lovejoy scored twice in the fourth inning, with two runs coming off a throwing error, Wylie East (24-5, 13-1) charged back – scoring seven runs, all with two outs. Justin Feemster and Tyler Hughey, East’s No. 7 and 8 hitters, drove in runs with singles during the rally.
The title is the first in school history for Wylie East, which will face the District 14-4A fourth seed – either Mount Pleasant or Longview Pine Tree – in the first round of the UIL baseball playoffs next week.
“We talk all the time about starting a legacy,” Clark said. “It’s crazy. But we did it.”