WHITESBORO — Both Bells and Whitesboro entered Friday afternoon’s District 11-2A match-up searching for their first league victory.

WHITESBORO — Both Bells and Whitesboro entered Friday afternoon’s District 11-2A match-up searching for their first league victory.

Whitesboro made sure it didn’t drop its third straight game by opening with a seven-run inning on its way to a 10-0 run-rule win at home against Bells.

"It feels pretty good," Whitesboro senior Collin Kilcrease said. "We’ve been hitting a lot lately and working on teamwork and whatnot and just used that in the game."

The win lifted Whitesboro (7-4, 1-2) into a tie with Whitewright for fifth and a game behind third-place S&S and Callisburg while Bells (1-10, 0-3) remained at the bottom with Tom Bean.

Next week could make or break a postseason run for the Bearcats as they host Whitewright at 7 p.m. Tuesday, followed by a 7 p.m. game at S&S on Friday.

"It puts us in the right direction heading into a big week," Whitesboro head coach Curt Cole said. "Next week we got Whitewright and S&S. Those are two teams we’re going to have to beat to get into playoffs, so it’s definitely a big week."

Kilcrease, who went 2-for-3, scored twice and drove in a run, started off the big inning for the Bearcats by reaching on an error. He stole second and third on the next two pitches before Hayden Nikirk drove in him and Dale Bailey, who had drawn a walk, with a single for the first runs of the game.

Cody Lang drove in Nikirk and later scored along with Dalton Vanlandingham on one of five passed balls in the inning.

Channing Hickman drew a walk and earned each of the next three bases on passed balls. Kilcrease drove in Hickman for an early 7-0 lead.

Despite drawing seven walks in the game, Whitesboro finished with six hits to just one by Bells to continue a recent hitting streak for the Bearcats.

"We weren’t chasing a lot of bad pitches," Cole said. "We were drawing some walks and hitting some hard ground balls, so that was a little bit of a difference. And it has been the last few games."

Nikirk struck out three of the five batters he faced to start the game before Bailey came on and struck out two in the final four innings.

Bells’ lone hit came in the top of the second by Matthew Baer but he was left stranded after two groundouts and a pop up.

The Panthers committed no errors to hold Whitewright scoreless in the bottom of the second. Bells head coach Lance Johnson said the clean inning gave the Panthers a template for what they need to do moving forward.

"If we can build off the good things we did today, it’ll help us be a better team," Johnson said.

Whitesboro committed just one fielding error, coming on the first at-bat of the game.

"We played good today fielding the ball," Cole said. "You got to be able to make the routines or you’re going to be in trouble."

Tanner Johnson led off the bottom of the third by dribbling a single down the third base line. He then stole second and moved to third on a wild throw before scoring on a passed ball.

Kilcrease followed by drilling a triple to the left-field fence and scored just a few pitches later on a passed ball to extend the Bearcats’ lead to 9-0.

After holding Bells to just one base runner in the top of the fourth inning, Willis singled in Lang for a 10-0 Whitesboro advantage.

Bells’ Hayden Cobb reached on a fielder’s choice in the fifth, but was left stranded to end the game.