Sixth-inning hit parade leads to Pampa Harvesters 9-3 win
The Pampa Harvesters (3-1) hosted the Dalhart Golden Wolves on Monday afternoon. A five-run sixth inning pushed Pampa past the Wolves at 9-3 for the Harvesters third-straight win ahead of this weekend’s Eastland Tournament.
“Anytime you get to come outside is a blessing. We were inside for so long, so to get to play at home in February/March and get the win, that’s exciting,” Head Coach Kaleb Snelgrooes said.
“We had two young guys today on the mound that got their first varsity exposure. They did a great job. We had some stuff we have to clean up. But it’s early. Super-proud of these guys. They did some really good things on the base-paths, put some pressure on people. Our senior catcher, Cayden Stout, is leading us and doing a great job. Nolan Groomer had a huge stretch at first on a double-play. Tyler Reed and Hunter Nichols really grew up today on the mound and we are going to need them to.”
Taking a 4-3 lead into the bottom of the sixth inning, the Harvesters had one out with junior Hunter Nichols at third and junior Armando Miranda at second base. Junior Tory Perez took a 1-1 swing and hit a double to centerfield to plate Nichols. Junior Hunter Dyer followed with a single on a ground ball to bring Miranda home. Senior Cayden Stout went for the sacrifice and was able to reach thanks to an error and brought home Perez. Dyer stole home during junior Sam Anguiano’s at bat and Anguiano reached on a single. The final run of the inning came after Anguiano scored from junior Rhett Hill’s fly ball.
Earlier in the game, senior Nolan Groom hit a single to bring home Stout and Anguiano in the bottom of the first. Perez scored on an error in the bottom of the second and sophomore Tyler Reed had an RBI single to score Anguiano in the bottom of the third.
Reed was pitching a shut-out through the first three innings, which included several innings where he left multiple runners on base. He faced 19 batters throughout his 3.1 innings and had a first-pitch strike on 14 of those 19. He had a 70 percent strike percentage on 81 pitches.
“He got himself out of some tough spots and now, with pitch count, you’ve got to keep them under 85 pitches so we could have him this weekend,” Snelgrooes said. “That’s why we pulled him. We wanted to keep him in there but as a coach you’ve got to look at this game, and also the next four. If he pitched more than 85, he wouldn’t get to pitch this weekend. But he did a very good job in his first varsity start, I was proud of him.”
The Harvesters will take the road this weekend as they head to the Eastland Tournament starting Thursday.
“We drive five hours and play the No. 3 team in the state in Jim Ned,” Snelgrooes said.
“They are very, very talented and they beat us 2-1 last year in a very good baseball game. Eastland, Coach Smith is a Big Spring guy we faced in the playoffs. He does a very good job for those guys. Milsap has three or four wins under their belt already.
“Last team is Sweetwater. They’ve always had our number so I respect those guys. We got them last year. So we’re going to have our hands full. I always want to go 4-0 but if we went 3-1, we’d be happy.”
Tyler Reed pitched 3.1 innings and had seven hits, two runs, two earned runs, eight strikeouts and one walk; Hunter Nichols pitched 2.2 innings with three hits, a run scored, three strikeouts and one walk.
Hunter Dyer went 2-4 with a run scored, an RBI and three stolen bases; Cayden Stout went 2-4 with a run scored, an RBI and two stolen bases; Sam Anguiano had three runs scored and reached on error twice; Rhett Hill reached on error; Nolan Groomer had two RBI; Tyler Reed reached on error once; Hunter Nichols drew a walk and had a run scored; Armando Miranda went 1-3 with a run scored, stole a base and reached on error; Troy Perez went 1-2, hit a double, had two runs scored, an RBI, a walk and a stolen base.