ROUND ROCK, Texas (KTRE) - The Wells Pirates made history Wednesday morning, playing in their first ever UIL state semifinal against New Home. Unfortunately their season would end in the semifinals as they lost 12-2 to New Home.
The day started off good with Wells getting two runners on but then Bode Stewart would strike out three straight batters.
The Leopards then were able to get on the board in the bottom of the first. With two runners on Stewart would hit a 2-run triple to make the game 2-0. Wells senior Jakari Hadnot would calm down and get three straight strikeouts.
Tanner Glover led off the second inning for Wells getting on base and after some smart base running found himself at third. A wild pitch would occur and Glover attempted to take home. In the process he was caught in a rundown and after a dropped ball by the defense Glover was able to score.
Stewart would get two more K’s for New Home putting his total to five through two innings. Hadnot added another strikeout in the second inning and the Pirates defense kept New Home off the bases.
The game would then enter about a 20 minute weather delay before Wells would come up to bat in the 3rd inning. The Pirates would work fast and load the bases with no outs. Wells ties the game 2-2 after Stewart hits Garrett Allen on the first pitch of the at-bat. The Pirates though would strand the rest of the batters and they only see the one run in the inning.
Hadnot started the bottom of the third with a strikeout to make it six-straight batters retired by the Wells defense. Stewart would end the streak but then Hadnot would get two more outs including a strikeout to end the inning.
In the top of the fourth Stewart would move his strikeout total to 9 as Wells could get no one on base. The game remained tied 2-2.
The Pirates would get the first two outs of the fourth quickly but then put runners in scoring position and Ryan Bundy hit a 2 RBI single to give New Home the 4-2 lead.
To start the fifth inning, New Home was able to get two quick outs but then the Pirates loaded the bases. facing a full county, Stewart picked up his 10th strikeout of the game and are able to maintain their 4-2 lead. Hadnot wouyld move his strikeout total to 8 in the fifth inning.
In the 6th inning, Wells leaded off with a double to the left field corner by Joshua Layton but then he would get caught in a rundown on a single by Hadnot. Hadnot would later attempt to get home on a hit but was thrown out at the plate to end the inning with the score still 4-2.
Caleb Parnell was brought in to pitch after New Home would add to their lead and make it 5-2 and the inning just went down hill from there as New Home put up 8 in the inning to end the game by run rule.