The Texas Wesleyan Rams had there backs against the wall as they would play Panhandle State Aggies, and prevail by the score of 16-5. After this win, The Rams improved to 36-15 on the season. With this loss, Panhandle State will finish their season with a 25-33 record. With this win, the Rams advance to their 3 straight Sooner Athletic Semifinal.
The offense caught fire early scoring 7 runs in the first inning. The Rams would finish the afternoon with 16 hits, and would be led by the Ted Wisdom. He would go 4-6 with 4 singles. Logan Bistrup went 3-5 with a single. Donnie Lopez would go 2-5 with a single and a leadoff double. Lopez would also finish with 4 RBI’s. Kiki Menendez would be held without a home run, but not hitless. He would go 2-4 with a single a double. Jacob Barfield would go 1-4 with a double. Julio Ibarra went 2-5 with 2 singles. C.J. Ateek went 1-2 with a double. Kaden Brown went 1-1 with a single.
Texas Wesleyan sent Brad Suggs to the mound, and he would give the Rams 1 inning, allow 0 runs on 1 hit. Suggs would collect the win, and improve to 10-1 on the season. The Rams used 3 relievers in this contest, in Cody Thompson, Alex Davis, Dusty Cloud. Thompson was huge in this game as he would throw 4 2/3 innings, and allow 4 runs on 3 hits. Thompson would finish the game with 2 strikeouts. Davis would throw 1 1/3 innings, and allow 1 run on 3 hit. Dusty Cloud would slam the door, throwing 1 strong inning, and would allow 0 runs on 2 hits.
Texas Wesleyan will be playing USAO on Sunday at 1, and will have to beat them twice.
Head Coach Bobby Garza said “Today was a great win. Our team was determined to continue playing in the tournament and they competed well today. Cody Thompson stepped up for us and logged some quality innings. We look forward to playing tomorrow against USAO. They have a great team and are well coached.“
Second Baseman Ted Wisdom said “CT gave us exactly what we needed. Came out of the pen, threw strikes and minimized their offense. He had a really good outing. It felt good to come out and play well and score a lot of runs quick on them in a win or go home game. Scoring 7 runs in the top of the first really helped us get the momentum on our side and with Brad throwing a scoreless first and Cody having the outing he did really helped us keep the momentum on our side throughout the game and get the win.“