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Baseball: Summer Creek defeats Humble

April 4, 2019

Summer Creek defeated Humble 19-5 in after the mercy rule was invocked following the sixth inning Tuesday night at the renovated David Sitton Field.

It was the first game of the season at home for the Wildcats in the new state-of-the-art baseball facility.

Summer Creek’s Anthony Hall went 3-for-4 with a home run and four RBI to lead the Bulldogs (8-1) to a District 22-6A victory.

“It’s a big win,” said Summer Creek coach DJ Wilson. “Any district game is a big win, doesn’t matter who you play. Obviously, they have been excited to get out here and play. They knew it was a big deal playing the first game, here and that had something to do with it.”

The Bulldogs scored the first run in the new ballpark when lead-off batter Dylan Smith, who went 2-for-4 with a RBI and scored four runs, hit a solo home run to left field on the second pitch of the game.

“When your leadoff hitter starts the game with a home run that’s always something you can like,” Wilson said. “They were squaring it up and have been squaring it up the last few weeks. They have played in some different conditions as of late and stuff like that. I felt like they were striking the ball well.”

Andre Duplantier went 3-for-4 with 4 RBI and scored three runs with a walk.

The Bulldogs scored their 19 runs on 14 hits.

Left-handed starting pitcher Matt Young had five strikeouts in four innings of work for the Bulldogs to pick up the win. Humble starting pitcher Chase Pena was making his first start of the season. Pena suffered an ACL injury in October while on the Wildcats football team.

After two runs in the first inning Summer Creek then followed it with seven runs in the second inning.

The Wildcats (1-9) battled back in the bottom of the fourth inning with four runs.

First baseman Donovan Wilson hit a RBI triple to bring home the first run of the season for the Wildcats at the new David Sitton Field. A passed ball and two RBI groundouts brought home two more runs.

Summer Creek added three runs in the fifth and five runs in the sixth.

Humble head coach Robby Fontenot saw his Wildcats fight after Summer Creek jumped out to a big lead.

“They hit us with a pretty good shot there at the beginning,” Fontenot said. “All the excitement with the opening field and the game hit us. They came out pretty well swinging the bats, put up the big number on us.”

“I was really proud of our guys, he added. “We had a couple of chances where the run rule was in effect and we came back. We didn’t want the game to end so we kept on fighting and fighting. We have struggled to swing the bats this year, but I saw a lot of good things. We saw some guys that struggled early in the year but swung it well tonight and kept us in the game.”

marcus.gutierrez@chron.com