As Sherman’s baseball team gathered at second base for a postgame players-only meeting, head coach Jason Wright paused for a moment to choose his words carefully.

As Sherman’s baseball team gathered at second base for a postgame players-only meeting, head coach Jason Wright paused for a moment to choose his words carefully.


Wright had just witnessed his team strand a dozen base runners in five innings against Lucas Lovejoy and take a total of four called strike threes, including two with the bases loaded in the bottom of the first inning.


"That was not good," Wright finally said. "We didn’t compete at the plate, until we got runners on, and then it was just bad. That’s the best way to say it."


Instead of elevating themselves in the District 13-4A race, the Bearcats (13-10, 2-3) fell flat for the second Friday night in a row as they were run-ruled, 11-0, by the visiting Leopards at Veterans Field.


"We’re a one-trick pony," Wright said. "We’ve got a guy (Case Rolen) who can throw, and a guy (Will Olson) who can hit. That’s it. We’re not very good."


Olson was 2-for-2 with a walk for the Bearcats, but Sherman finished the game batting 1-for-12 with runners in scoring position. It was also a shaky night for the Cats in the field as they committed four errors.


"They’re going to put the ball in play when Case isn’t throwing," Wright added. "People have been putting the ball in play when Case throws. We can’t pick a ball and throw somebody out, that’s ridiculous. I don’t know what to say. I’m speechless."


Lovejoy’s junior ace, John Weichel, labored all evening but pitched out of trouble time and again to keep Sherman off the scoreboard. Weichel went four-plus innings and threw 101 pitches. Andrew Celania finished up in the fifth.


Sherman left at least two runners on base in every inning and left the sacks juiced in both the first and fourth.


Patrick Welsh and Luke Boylson, who teamed up for seven hits and five RBI, led Lovejoy (7-11, 4-1) at the dish.


The Leopards jumped on top from the very start, with three runs on two doubles and a sacrifice fly by Alex Hamilton.


Lovejoy piled on two more runs in the top of the third as a throwing error at third base scored Boylson and Chase Tucker bunted for a single, scoring Hamilton.


The Leopards finally scored six more runs in the top of the fourth, sparked by Boylson’s second RBI double of the night, to push the margin into mercy-rule territory.


Rolen, who threw 136 pitches in Tuesday night’s 1-0 win at Royse City, was unavailable to throw. Freshman starter David Bedgood, the first of five Sherman hurlers, was tagged with the loss, allowing three runs in 1 1/3 innings. Tyson Jones, Josh Logston and Cody Parks all followed in relief and couldn’t stem the tide. Treyson Jones finally pitched a 1-2-3 fifth.


The Bearcats are still in the thick of the playoff race, in a three-way tie for fourth place with Royse City and Wylie. They have a chance to right the ship with upcoming games against Wylie and Greenville to conclude the first half of district play.


"I’m not hitting the panic button, but I’m disappointed in the way we competed tonight," Wright said. "I don’t think we competed very well, at the plate anyway. Our pitchers weren’t awful tonight, but they weren’t very good. We gotta get better. We gotta find somebody else other than Case Rolen to get somebody out."