WHITEHOUSE - Three days after being run-ruled by rival Lindale on the road, Whitehouse returned the favor at its home field.
Led by two doubles from Tanner Roach and five no-hit innings from Clayton Pruitt, the Wildcats blanked the Eagles 13-0 on Friday at Wildcat Field.
The split of their District 17-5A season finale meant the two teams share the district title. The game was called after the top of the fifth inning because of the 10-run rule.
Lindale (18-5-2, 8-2 17-5A), which won 12-2 on Tuesday, finished as the district’s top seed thanks to coach Richard Sanguinetti guessing right on the postgame coin flip. With the threat of rain on Saturday, the two coaches opted to settle things that way.
It was the only negative on the night for Whitehouse (20-6-1, 8-2). Coach Derrick Jenkins said his team responded the way he expected.
“Tuesday was a disaster; we didn’t do anything right and that is just not the group that we are,” Jenkins said. “We kind of talked about what had to happen and where we’re supposed to be and we had a pretty good day today.”
The Wildcats batted around in the second inning and nearly did it again in the fourth. Nearly every player on the roster scored a run, with seven of those coming home via wild pitches, errors or a balk. Roach scored twice with Conner Clark finishing with a single, double and two RBIs.
On the mound, Pruitt started off shaky with a hit batter, two walks and a wild pitch in his first two innings. The Wildcats hurler stranded two runners in both frames before settling down to retire 9 of 10 with six strikeouts.
“I just had to get used to the mound a little bit; I couldn’t get it under my feet,” Pruitt said. “I was able to make an adjustment and found the zone. That was my first no-no ever, so I am truly excited.”
Lindale’s Collin Jasper reached second in the first inning after being hit by a pitch, but the Eagles couldn’t move any runners any further than that.
Lindale committed three errors; Eagles pitchers combined for four wild pitches, two passed balls and allowed Whitehouse to steal 11 bases.
“We just came out with no energy and we got beat in every single aspect of the game,” Sanguinetti said. “Energy was terrible. We didn’t pitch the ball, we didn’t play defense well and we didn’t swing the bats at all. You are not going to win any ballgames when you can’t win any aspects of the game.”
The Wildcats went in front 2-0 in the top of the first when Roach led off with a double, moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on a single from Mason House. House later scored on a single from Skyler Trevino.
Whitehouse made it 8-0 in the second inning. A double from Patty Miner got things going followed by a single from Brandon Rossiter. Pruitt then tried to sacrifice them over, with a bad throw enabling both to score and Pruitt to reach.
Roach plated him with his second double in as many at bats, with House drawing a walk and Clark driving both of them in with a double to make it 7-0. The Wildcats added their eighth run when Clark scored on a balk.
With Pruitt continuing to hold down Lindale in the top of third and fourth innings, Whitehouse went to work again in the fourth with singles from Fiver Trimble, Clark and Miner all eventually leading to runs.
Whitehouse will next face the third-place team from 18-5A, with Lindale battling the fourth-place finisher. Both playoff series will be next week.
Whitehouse 13, Lindale 0 (5 innings)
Lindale 000 00 - 0 0 3
Whitehouse 260 5x - 13 11 1
Nick Norton, Kale Walters (2) and Travis Brown; Clayton Pruitt and Fiver Trimble. W – Pruitt. L – Norton. 2B – WH: Tanner Roach 2, Conner Clark, Patty Miner.
RECORDS - Lindale 18-5-2 (8-2); Whitehouse 20-6-1 (8-2).
NEXT UP - Whitehouse and Lindale in playoffs, TBD.