Watauga's mistakes prove costly in loss
by Steve Behr Sports Editor
Hibriten, after eight innings of baseball, finally let Watauga give them a victory at Watauga's field Friday.
The Pioneers committed eight errors, but Hibriten needed an extra inning before finally taking a 4-3 win. Naturally, Hibriten scored the game-winning run on a Watauga error.
Three Watauga pitchers -- Hunter Isaacs, Jeffrey Gainey and Utah Jones -- each allowed just one hit. Three of the Panthers' four runs were unearned.
That included the run in the eighth inning when Zach Walker reached second because of a Watauga fielding error. He went to third on a sacrifice and scored on another error.
Watauga took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning when Jones drove in Jesse Illich with a single. Illich opened the inning with a triple before scoring the run.
Jones eventually got to third base on a Carson Isaacs single and a fielder's choice by Hunter Isaacs. Jones scored on a fielder's choice by Matt Lambert.
The Pioneers kept Hibriten off the scoreboard until the fifth inning when the Panthers scored twice. Hibriten took a 3-2 lead in the seventh inning when Grayson Austin scored a run in an inning that saw the Pioneers make four errors.
Watauga came back to tie the game and force the extra inning on a Carson Isaacs RBI single. Watauga, which finished with eight hits, left five runners in scoring position through the game.
Hibriten left eight runners on base.