— 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.”
After putting up a single run in the first frame, the Weatherford scoring gained momentum after, with the third inning producing six runs. The Roos’ two runs in the fourth negated Sam Houston’s two fifth-inning scores, maintaining the 10-run margin to end the contest.
Corey Bynum took the hill and the win for Weatherford, striking out a handful of Texan batters while allowing no runs and just two hits in four complete. Collin Belcher deployed his sidearm style in relief and, while unhittable, had the opportunity to work through some control adjustments to close out the Texans.
The Roo defense remained solid, with just a single error on the night.
“Our defense has been very good,” Massey said. “And it’s like I’ve told our kids and have always said, ‘If you can throw strikes and can catch the ball you always have a chance to win.’
“And that’s what we’ve been doing. You saw Jace Parrish make two or three very good plays tonight. You can make up for a little lack of hitting [playing defense like that] — but I would still like to see a little more.”
The Roos have proven that mantra thus far, and embrace a 6-1 mark at the turn of the district schedule. They are currently in a dead heat with Arlington Martin, both a game ahead of Arlington High (5-2).
The Roos will be at home again on Tuesday, hosting Arlington Bowie at 7 p.m.