KILLEEN — Jonathan Flores used the word love twice while discussing the third inning of Friday’s baseball game against Killeen. Temple’s senior left fielder can’t be blamed for declaring his affection. How else would he describe the Wildcats’ 10-run outburst that basically eliminated any drama for the next 2½ innings?
Temple sent 14 batters to the plate in the top of the third, had four hits, drew four walks — two with the bases loaded — and benefitted from two Kangaroos errors en route to the double digits that went toward an eventual 14-0 five-inning victory on Day 2 of the Killeen ISD Tournament.
“You get the first couple runners on and then you get a couple hits, and you can kind of tell then when the momentum shifts,” said Zach Rumfield, who delivered a two-run single and scored twice during the third-frame barrage that made it 12-0.
The run support was plenty for Wildcats starting pitcher T.J. Rumfield, who consistently worked ahead in counts and faced just one batter over the minimum while averaging 12 pitches an inning.