Standout performances lead area baseball, softball squads

St. Thomas head baseball coach Adam Massiatte addresses his team. The Eagles are 8-1-1 so far this season. (Photo from Twitter)

Several of the area’s baseball and softball teams continued good starts to the season last week, with a multitude of standout performances leading the way.

St. Pius X highlighted the area’s private-school baseball squads, beating the John Cooper School 15-3 on March 4 and defeating Houston Christian 7-4 on March 5 before dropping a 2-1 decision to Waltrip later on March 5. The Panthers’ Tregan Hyder and Jack Johnson each had three hits on March 4, while Hyder and Miles Daughtry had three RBIs apiece and Casen Evans had four hits. Pitcher John Herzog struck out six hitters in 2 2/3 innings of relief against John Cooper.

The Panthers (6-4) then took down Splendora 6-0 on Tuesday.

St. Thomas had strong week with a 3-2 win over Clear Brook on March 3, and then beat Clear Falls 3-1 on Tuesday. Peter Corbett hit a two-run homer for the Eagles (8-1-1) against Clear Brook, while UT-Dallas commit Max Chung had a double and a triple.Texas A&M commit Will Rizzo took a no-hitter into the seventh inning against Clear Falls.

Lutheran High North opened its season March 5 with a 9-6 win over St. Francis Episcopal and was scheduled to play Scarborough on Friday.

In public-school action, Waltrip went undefeated last week to pick up its first two wins of the season. In addition to the aforementioned win over St. Pius X, the Rams (2-3, 1-0 district) beat Houston Austin 13-2 on March 3.

Scarbrough picked up three wins last week to get off the mat, beating Kashmere 21-2 on March 2. Following a loss to Klein Forest on March 4, the Spartans (3-5, 2-0) beat Katy Faith West Academy 17-8. The Spartans then downed Kashmere again Tuesday, this time by a score of 16-6.

Heights dropped its March 5 game 9-0 against Crosby and was scheduled to face Benjamin Davis on Friday.

Softball

Heights started District 18-6A competition with a bang last week. The Lady Bulldogs beat Bellaire 8-6 on March 1 and took down Westside 11-4 on March 3, in addition to forfeit wins against Sam Houston on March 2 and Westbury on March 5. Heights also beat Lamar 16-5 on Tuesday. Letty Flores had the big highlight of the week for the Lady Bulldogs (8-2, 5-0) with a walk-off, two-run homer to beat Bellaire.

On the private-school circuit, St. Pius X split a pair of games last week, beating the John Cooper School 14-2 on March 2 before falling to Houston Kinkaid on March 4. Four players drove in at least two runs apiece for the Lady Panthers (5-4) against John Cooper, while Victoria Hunter homered and drove in all three runs against Kinkaid.

Lutheran High North was set to begin its season with a road game Friday against Legacy Christian.

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