Blaine Bethel’s infield single scored David Bedgood from third with the winning run with two out in the bottom of the eighth inning as Sherman outlasted Denton Ryan, 1-0, on Wednesday night in a District 5-5A game that was rescheduled due to field conditions at Veterans Field.
The Bearcats (16-10, 8-2) clinched the No. 2 spot in the playoffs with the victory.
Connor Hughes threw a five-hit, eight-inning, complete-game shutout to earn the win for the Bearcats. Hughes struck out eight and didn’t walk a batter.
Bedgood walked with one out, advanced on an error off the bat of Brayshon Savage, moved up 90 feet on Jack LeCrone’s groundout and scored on Bethel’s ground ball to first. Bethel finished 2-for-4 to lead Sherman.
The Bearcats have a bye this weekend and will travel to Wichita Falls on Tuesday.
Denton 13, Denison 8
Cayden Earnhart was 2-for-4 with a homer, double, two RBI and scored twice during Denison’s 5-5A loss against Denton in a make-up game at Denison.
Austin Emery was 3-for-4 with a double and three RBI, Christian Ruebeck doubled, drove in two runs and scored, Seth Thomas doubled and scored and Nate Maulsby doubled and drove in a run for Denison (8-18, 4-5), which dropped a half-game behind Denton for the district’s final playoff spot with three games remaining.
The Jackets rallied with three runs in the fifth and another in the sixth to tie the game at six before Denton scored seven times in the top of the seventh.
Pilot Point 12, S&S 4
SADLER — Bryson Griffin was 3-for-4, drove in a run and scored three times as Pilot Point beat S&S.
Jacob Pitts was 2-for-4 with a double and three RBI, Jimmy Hoover was 2-for-4, drove in a run and scored twice, J.J. Kulesz was 2-for-3 with a double, drove in a run and scored, Reid Riney doubled and scored twice and Caden Koerbacher drove in two runs for Pilot Point (4-17, 2-8).
Manuel Duarte was 2-for-4 with a double and three RBI, Ace Everett was 2-for-4 and scored twice and Tanner Dolezalek doubled and scored for S&S (5-16, 2-8).
Van Alstyne 6, Howe 5
HOWE — Tyler Wilson was 3-for-4, drove in a run and scored as third-place Van Alstyne edged second-place Howe.
Luke Hundt was 2-for-4, drove in a run and scored and Chase Wilson and Rhett Gallagher singled and scored for Van Alstyne (12-7, 6-4), which moved a half-game behind Howe for second place.
The Panthers can clinch a playoff spot with one more victory or a Whitewright loss.
Brennan Ross was 2-for-3 with a double, two RBI and scored, Tyler Grisham doubled, drove in a run and scored and Bryce Krantz singled, drove in a run and scored for Howe (15-8, 7-4).
Melissa 4, Princeton 3 (9)
MELISSA — Macy Stewart’s one-out RBI double in the bottom of the ninth inning lifted fourth-place Melissa past Princeton.
Audrey Solomon was 2-for-4 with a homer and drove in two, Alexis Pevehouse was 2-for-5 with a homer and a double, Anna Fortenberry was 3-for-4 and scored and Savanna Rodriguez was 3-for-5 for Melissa (22-6, 6-4), which opens the playoffs next week.
Pilot Point 6, S&S 3
SADLER — Mercedez Lane drove in three runs as first-place Pilot Point beat third-place S&S.
Skylar Simmel singled and scored twice, Kenedee Gist walked and scored twice and Hannah Sullivan and Christine Billmeier drove in runs for Pilot Point (26-1, 11-0), which scored three times in the seventh inning.
Riley Marshall was 2-for-3 with a double and drove in a run, Taylor Blanscett doubled and drove in two runs, Jada Muller doubled and scored and Tori Jobes walked twice and scored for S&S (11-10, 6-5).
Ponder 9, Whitesboro 2
WHITESBORO — Stephanie Jones doubled, walked twice and drove in two runs during Whitesboro’s district loss against Ponder on Tuesday.
Jecca Autry was 2-for-3 and scored and Katie King singled and scored for Whitesboro (4-13, 2-9), which was eliminated from playoff contention.
The win moved Ponder into a tie with Callisburg for the fourth and the final playoff spot going into the last day of the regular season on Friday. Callisburg plays Whitesboro while Ponder faces district champ Pilot Point.
Howe 12, Van Alstyne 2 (5)
HOWE — Erin Blackburn was 3-for-3 with a triple, drove in a run and scored four times as Howe clinched second place with a run-rule victory against Van Alstyne on Wednesday.
Kayla Anderson was 3-for-4 with a double and three RBI, Peyton Streetman was 2-for-2 with three RBI and three runs, Dani Ross was 2-for-3 and scored twice, Kamryn Fulenchek doubled, drove in a run and scored and Madisyn Hargrove did not allow an earned run on two hits and a walk with seven strikeouts for Howe (16-7, 9-3).