The Weatherford Kangaroos (12-5-1) came up short in a defensive slugfest against the San Angelo Central Bobcats Tuesday afternoon on the road, losing the District 3-6A contest, 2-1.
Senior Mason Riney led Weatherford’s defensive effort on the mound, recording 18 outs.
Riney recorded four strikeouts, while allowing five hits and two runs in six innings pitched against San Angelo Central.
Weatherford Head Baseball Coach Jason Lee praised Riney for keeping San Angelo Central’s batters off balance.
“Mason pitched extremely well, throwing six innings and 64 pitches,” Lee said.
“Mason has been very solid for us this year, and if he can continue to pitch and play like he did [Tuesday] night, we will be in good shape.”
The senior also paced the Kangaroos’ offense, going 2-for-2 (a single and a walk).
In all, San Angelo Central edged-out Weatherford at the plate, with the former collecting five hits (compared to four by the latter).
However, neither team was able to translate their at-bats into runs early on, with the Kangaroos and Bobcats each failing to score through the first five innings.
“Defense for both teams was very solid and made the plays when given the chance,” Lee said.
“Both pitchers threw strikes and kept the hitters off balance.
“We did have a couple chances to score, but just did not get a big two-out hit.”
A two-run rally by San Angelo Central in the bottom of the sixth broke the game-long tie heading into the final inning.
The Kangaroos did not go quietly, making good contact in the top of the seventh.
Unfortunately, Weatherford’s hits resulted in a fly-out and two ground-outs, ending the team’s chances of a last-minute rally.
Sophomores Dawson Nelson and Bruce Collingsworth each added a hit for the Kangaroos.
Weatherford hosts San Angelo Central in a district game at 5 p.m. today.