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Rumfield’s slam lifts Wildcats past Heights 8-0

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KILLEEN – The Temple Wildcats used an explosive six run first inning to cruise past Harker Heights in their final game of the Killeen ISD Tournament.

Temple wasted no time jumping on the Knights as Reid Hesse led of the game with a single, Dylan Cheek reached on a single and Eli Mendoza walked to load the bases. TJ Rumfield drew a bases loaded walk to give Temple a 1-0 lead and then Zach Rumfield launched a 1-2 pitch out of the ball park for a grand slam giving the Wildcats a 5-0 lead without an out being recorded.

Following a Jared Wiley single, the Knights finally recorded a pair of outs before Jonathan Flores RBI single capped the scoring to give the Wildcats a 6-0 lead after one inning.

 

Eli Mendoza earned the win for Temple as he tossed five innings, giving up zero runs, four hits, striking out eight, and walking zero. Jared Wiley recorded the last three outs to earn the save for the Wildcats. Kainoa Rillera took the loss for Harker Heights. He pitched three innings, giving up six runs, five hits, and striking out three.

Temple collected ten hits in the game. Zach Rumfield was 1-4 with the HR and 4 RBI; TJ Rumfield was 2-3 with a double, RBI and run scored; Eli Mendoza was 2-2 with a pair of walks and an RBI; Jonathan Flores was 2-3 with an RBI.

Temple also played error free ball in the field.

Temple’s final game with Killeen Shoemaker was rained out so the Wildcats (7-3) completed the tournament with a record of 3-1. Temple returns to action next Thursday in the Manor Tournament.

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