KILLEEN – The Temple baseball team opened the Killeen ISD Tournament on Thursday with a 11-2 loss to Pflugerville Hendrickson but rebounded with a complete game shutout from Reid Hesse to defeat Killeen Ellison 9-0.
In Game 1, Temple and Pflugerville Hendrickson traded runs in the first three innings, but a five run fourth inning propelled the Hawks to an 8-2 lead the Wildcats could not overcome.
Colin Wyman earned the win for Hendrickson. He pitched five innings, giving up two runs, six hits, and striking out two. Tyler Burk recorded the last three outs to earn the save for Hendrickson. Dylan Cheek took the loss for Temple as he went three and two-thirds innings, giving up eight runs, nine hits, and striking out two.
Temple collected seven hits in the game as Reid Hesse was 2-3 with an RBI, Eli Mendoza 2-2 HR and RBI, Jared Wiley 2-3 and Johnathan Flores was 1-3 with a triple.
Game 2 saw Reid Hesse throw a complete game shutout as the Wildcats defeated the host Killeen Ellison 9-0. Hesse allowed just five hits and struck out eight Eagle batters en route to the victory.
TJ Rumfield gave Temple a comfortable lead in the third with a 2 RBI single giving the Wildcats a 4-0 lead. Rumfield collected four RBI on the night to go with his three hits.
Temple took an early 2-0 lead in the first inning as TJ Rumfield doubled on the first pitch of his at bat driving home Ty Culp. Zach Rumfield plated the second run on a sacrifice fly to right field scoring Eli Mendoza who had singled earlier in the inning.
Jared Wiley tacked on another run when he homered to left center leading off the sixth inning.
The Wildcats scored three more runs in the seventh inning on a triple by Eli Mendoza, a error, and a double by Jared Wiley.
Temple pounded out 14 hits in the game. Eli Mendoza was 3-4 with a triple, RBI and 3 runs scored; Zach Rumfield 1-3, 2 RBI; Jared Wiley 2-4 HR, 2B, 2 RBI; Hunter Torres 3-3 and Dylan Cheek 2-4 with 2 runs scored.
Temple improved to 5-3 on the season and will face Killeen High on Friday at 3:00
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