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SAGU splits doubleheader against St. Gregory's

Lions blow three-run leads twice, fall in extra-innings, 7-4

WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  Southwestern Assemblies of God University split a thrilling doubleheader against St. Gregory’s University on Friday evening at the Waxahachie Sports Complex. Both games required extra innings.

GAME ONE SUMMARY

The Lions won the opener on Friday, 3-2, in 10 innings in which Jarrod Pisors (Red Oak, Tx / Red Oak HS) delivered a command performance.

He went the distance to improve his record to 5-3. He allowed eleven hits, walked none and fanned six.

The 10-inning gem may have been the longest stint on the mound in SAGU history. The 6-foot-7 sophomore hadn’t pitched in three weeks. He was rested and sharp.

“I feel great,” he said immediately after the game, then looked at his arm and declared the same.

“It was a huge win for the team tonight,” he continued. “We hit the ball well and played solid defense. We got some timely hits late in the game and pulled ahead.”

“My slider was effective from the start. I struggled with my splitter (split-fingered fastball) at the start, but finally found it in the fourth (inning).”

As impressive as Pisors was, the Cavaliers' Ben Moore, a 6’3 senior right-hander, was trumping him. He was mowing down the Lions through much of the game.

hornbeck-hand-eyeConfident for a reason, he struck out 13 batters and held a 2-0 lead until the sixth.

Jared Denton (Mission, Tx / Sharyland HS), the veteran workhorse, took a fireball in the back with one out.

Head Coach Sam Blackmon then made a puzzling move.

He pinch hit for Bryant Threadgill (Whitewright, Tx / Whitewright HS, Dallas Christian College). Toting a .354 bat, he had struck out and popped up against Moore.

Needing a spark, Blackmon called on Raul Castro (Garland, Tx / Berkner HS, Hillsdale College). Riding a 2-for-29 slump, the coach sensed his swing just might light-up a speedball and ignite a comeback.

Castro responded to the vote of confidence by crushing a pitch, sending it screaming on a line-drive all the way to the fence in right-centerfield fence. Eric Hagstrom (Universal City, Tx / Converse Judson HS, Lubbock Christian University), who was running for Denton, jetted around the bases and scored easily.

It had been two months since Castro had gone for extra-bases. He had to ask for a map from first base coach Tommy Benningfield, who, instead, yelled something about NASCAR, and Castro started making 'left turns.'

The stand-up triple finished with him exulting, both fists pointing skyward. A moment later the Cavs almost picked him off, but an errant throw into leftfield allowed him to race home with the equalizer.

An inning later Castro came to bat with two down and the bases loaded. Moore got him this time with a full-count, strike out.

Pisors resumed his sterling effort on the hill. He allowed three singles over the next four innings, but no runner could advance to second.

A determined Moore then struck out the side in the ninth.

The tenth was a different story. Denton stamped a fastball to the gap in rightcenter, a ditto of Castro, and sprinted around the horn with a leadoff triple.

After Moore intentionally walked the next two batters to create a setting for a triple play, the Cavs adjusted their line-up with fifth infielder. Preston Hornbeck (McKinney, Tx / McKinney HS, Hesston College) defied the strategy by delivering the game-winner with a sharply hit single to rightfield.

GAME TWO SUMMARY

SAGU missed a golden opportunity for a sweep when the Cavaliers, in arrears 7-4 in the seventh, rallied to knot the score. One inning later the guests broke the game open with four more to escape with an 11-7 triumph.

The Lions were in control until the last inning.

sheffield-swings-2014Two misplayed hits in centerfield were the difference as St. Greg’s came back from a pair of three-run holes; 3-0 and 7-4. SAGU pitchers hindered their cause by walking six batters.

The Pride had success against St. Gregory’s ace, Chris Sutton, though three infield errors helped SAGU score several unearned runs.

Threadgill ripped a double to left to drive in Josh Terry (Daingerfield, Tx / Daingerfield HS) and Denton for a 2-0 first inning lead.

Brock Schneider (Arlington, Tx / Martin HS) bunted safely to start the second. A pick-off throw from the catcher sailed into rightfield as Schneider sped all the way to third base. After stopping at third, he then surprised everyone by alertly stealing home before the relay could reach the plate.

The Cavs bounced back in the fourth with four runs. Two soft singles were followed by two wild pitches and walk. A single to center was botched, clearing the bases.

SAGU counteracted with three runs in the bottom of the frame, all after the first two batters struck out. An error with the bases loaded tied the score.

Nick Sheffield (Maypearl, Tx / Maypearl HS) stroked a two-run single to leftfield to reestablish the three-run margin at 6-3.

Walks to Clay Gentle (Fredericksburg, Tx / Fredericksbrg HS) and Denton set the table for the Lions final tally in the sixth. Threadgill then poked a single through the left side of the infield that sent Gentle home for a 7-4 lead.

Tucker Burt (N. Richland Hills, Tx / Westlake Academy), who struck out the only man he faced to end the Cavs’ three-run rally in the top of the seventh, ran into trouble in the eighth.

A leadoff single and a hit batter preceded an RBI bloop single to left and a walk. He appeared a bit rusty after resting for two weeks.

Brendan Martinez (Ft. Worth, Tx / Timber Creek HS) entered to relieve Burt.

Wild pitches allowed two runners to score and a sacrifice to right capped a four run stanza en route to the 11-7 St. Greg’s win. Burt (3-4) took the loss.

SAGU had five players with two hits during a game in which both teams racked up a dozen. Threadgill had four runs batted in and Sheffield added two more.

Hayden Killebrew (Red Oak, Tx / Red Oak HS) started. He pitched three shutout innings before an error in centerfield allowed two unearned runs to score in a four-run fourth.

Contact: Mark “Link” Warde, SAGU Sports Information Director, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at 469-658-2847.
 

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