The way it suddenly turned against Temple is how nightmares materialize.
When the Wildcats walked off the diamond Friday night, though, 15 hours separated them from a chance to make it all go away.
Bryan Rudder scored five runs in the top of the ninth inning — three on a contested play — and the Rangers pocketed Game 1 of the teams’ Class 5A bi-district series 8-3 in extra innings at Hallford Field.
“Gather it back up. That’s all you can do,” said Temple coach Toby Rumfield, who will send Dylan Cheek to the mound for Game 2 at 1 p.m. today in Bryan as the Wildcats (17-10) try to keep their season afloat.
If necessary, Game 3 would follow 30 minutes after.
Temple’s Eli Mendoza pitched into the ninth but was pulled when Rudder (15-14) went up 7-3 following an RBI single by Hunter Dobbins and a two-run error by T.J. Rumfield on a play that took a turn for Temple’s worse when Rangers center fielder McKinley Maurer got himself caught in a pickle along the third-base line.