The Friendswood Mustangs defeated the Dickinson Gators in walk-off fashion, 1-0, after a throwing error by the Gators’ first basemen Kiko Nunez in the District 24-6A opener at Friendswood High School.
“It’s huge because Dickinson is such a great ballclub,” said Friendswood head coach Steve Hecker. “Their pitcher did an amazing job, giving up just two hits.”
This was a game where both pitchers threw an awesome game. The Gators’ Hunter Sims gave up just two hits and struck out seven. The Mustangs’ Bradley Wilcott gave up four hits and struck out six
The Mustangs were the first team to get a runner on third base in the fourth inning, but weren’t able to convert on it. The Mustangs’ Marcus Huerta singled to center field. He would get to third base on a wild pitch and fielder’s choice. Sims struck out the next two batters to end the inning.
The Gators got their first runner on third base in the fifth inning after Kam Johnson had drawn a walk. The next batter, Guy Garibay, hit a single. Mustangs would throw a wild pitch, which would advance the runners, but Andrew Jimenez hit a fly out to left field to end the inning.
The Mustangs got a runner to third base in the sixth inning, but weren’t able to get a run on the board. Kevin Newkirk led off with a double to right field. He advanced to third on two straight fielders’ choice. Sims struck out Izaac Pacheco for the last out.
The Mustangs had a miscue in the seventh inning. Cal Whitaker was walked to lead off to inning. Sims threw a wild pitch to first and Whitaker advanced to third. The Gators caught Whitaker off base to get the out.
“It was huge because we had no outs at the time,” said Hecker. “We wanted to be aggressive and he made a read; it probably would have been a close call. It was an aggressive mistake and I can’t fault him for that.”
Hecker said he believes that his team can do better getting on base and putting some more pressure on the defense.
These two teams will face each other again 7 p.m. Friday at Dickinson.