Temple and Bryan Rudder lived up to the expect-anything script that’s been prevalent in the series dating back to the teams’ bi-district playoff encounter in 2016 and including the Wildcats’ 4-2 come-from-behind win over their rival March 20 of this season.
The Wildcats and Rangers combined for just five hits, nine walks, six hit batters and 17 runners left on base Friday night. Oh, and each had a runner thrown out at home plate. And, when the dust settled on the latest installment — and as a storm hovered all around Hallford Field — Rudder walked out of the visitor’s dugout as a 2-1 winner, pulling within a half-game of Temple for second place in District 18-5A. College Station leads the league.
Left-handed starting pitcher Tanner Treat, who fanned 16 in the teams’ March showdown, struck out four and walked four in 5 2/3 for Rudder (12-8, 6-2). He gave way to Matthew Everett with two outs in the sixth. Everett induced Vance Willis’ pop out to end a two-on, two-out threat in that frame then worked a relatively clean seventh to finish off the Wildcats (14-11, 7-2), who committed two errors and left nine runners on base.