— By GREG WEBB
After a six-game district stretch of scoring just seven runs (while winning five of those contests, yielding just three runs in the span), the Weatherford offense opened the flood gates on Friday.
The District 3-5A baseball match at Raymond E. Curtis Field saw the Kangaroos put up three innings of crooked numbers, run-ruling Arlington Sam Houston in four and a half frames, 12-2.
Weatherford head coach Terry Massey has seen improvement for the Roos at the plate of late, but was glad to see the double digits on the scoreboard.
“We haven’t hit that well for the past six or seven games,” Massey said, “so it’s always good to see those runs on the board. We actually started hitting the ball hard the past couple of games, but they have been right at somebody. That happened a few times tonight, as well.
“I just tell our guys that eventually, those hits are going to start to fall.”
The Roo hitters chased three different Texan pitchers off the mound while stroking 11 hits and staying very active on the base paths.
WHS senior Andrew Healy led with three hits and an RBI on the night, while Chase Zamarron had a pair of hits, one a double, and drove in three runs.
Tony Rodriguez also had two hits, both for extra bases. The shortstop hit a triple and a double and scored both times.
“Our hitting is not where we want it to be, but it’s getting better,” Massey said. “We’re [doing well at] pitching and defense right now.
“We have a lot of kids on our roster who have not seen varsity pitching until this year. We are very young and, especially at 5A, there’s considerable transition [for the kids] to get used to the pitching at this level.”