Approaching the midpoint of the district schedule has brought a certain type of frustration as the Yellow Jackets continue to search for their first 13-4A victory.

Approaching the midpoint of the district schedule has brought a certain type of frustration as the Yellow Jackets continue to search for their first 13-4A victory.


Denison spent the last two weeks seeing that elusive victory remain just out of its reach as all four losses were by three runs or less with the opponent coming through in the late innings to seal the Jackets’ fate.


In the fifth district game, however, frustration hit a different level for Denison, which suffered its worst loss of the season as Wylie came away with a 12-1 victory in six innings on Friday night.


Denison (7-14, 0-5) had lost eight times by two runs or less and never been beaten by more than eight before facing Wylie (10-7, 2-3), which broke the game open with 10 runs after the third inning.


Will Menta and Drew Marr singled for the only Jacket hits against Tyler Graham while Denison made eight errors as it fell behind 9-0.


The Pirates took a 2-0 lead in the first inning when Nick Dayton’s two-run single up the middle capitalized on back-to-back, one-out errors loaded the bases after a walk by Dylan Riley.


Menta worked out of a jam when Wylie loaded the bases with two outs in the second as he struck out Andrew Spencer looking on an inside curve ball.


Denison missed a chance to get on the board in the bottom of the third when Devon Blanton reached third on a one-out error in center. Blanton tried to score on a wild pitch but Spencer got a carom right back to him and he flipped to Graham for the out at the plate.


The Jackets made three more errors in the fourth as Wylie tacked on four runs. After a leadoff error, Drew Marr made a diving attempt on Kolby Hass’ double to left. The ball got past him and Brice Wood scored all the way from first. Riley followed with an RBI single and then an errant throw on a force at second let two runs score as the Pirates led 6-0.


Denison scored its lone run without a hit in the fourth. Will Stubblefield and Marr walked around a strikeout and a two-out walk by Luke Thomas loaded the bases. Colton Wheeler walked to force in a run before Graham escaped further damage when Joseph Hendricks’ hard grounder to third was an unassisted putout by Dayton.


The only other opportunities the Jackets had to score were erased on a double play in the second, when Menta led off with a single up the middle, and then in the sixth when Marr singled with one out, stole second and went to third on the throw into center but was stranded there to end the game.


Wylie enacted the run-rule with six runs in the sixth inning. Spencer and Dayton started with singles and Graham attempted to sacrifice them over. Reliever Braeden Wright fielded the ball, spun and threw to an unoccupied first base. Two runs scored on the play and following an out, three straight Pirates reached including RBI singles by Dylan Echols and Hass.


Darius Carter’s two-out, two-run single finished the scoring.