BELTON — T.J. Rumfield couldn’t pitch all day, although he had the stuff to do so. Those pitch counts, though. And Ennis just didn’t go away.
Rumfield dealt 11 innings of nearly untouchable two-hit ball Saturday, including a seven-inning, six-strikeout shutout in Temple’s 2-0 victory to even its Class 5A bi-district series against the Lions. The Texas Tech-signed senior went right back to the bump 30 minutes later as the starter for Game 3 after using 70 of his allotted 110 pitches and picked up right where he left off, baffling Lions batters through four no-hit frames and exiting once he reached his limit with a 1-0 lead.
Then the lights went out on Temple’s season on a sunny day at Mary Hardin-Baylor’s Red Murff Field.
Ennis scored three runs on four hits — the most damaging of which was pinch hitter Clayton Jenkins’ two-out, two-run triple to right field where Temple’s Seth Bazilius misjudged the ball’s flight as it landed behind his outstretched left arm — in the bottom of the fifth off relief pitcher Emilio Gonzalez, and Ennis reliever Kade Bragg turned a blink-of-an-eye double play in the seventh to quell Temple’s last-ditch rally, clinch the decisive game 3-1 and end the Wildcats’ season in the opening week of the playoffs.