Mexia takes Palestine in wild game Tuesday night

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Mexia seniors Brady Walker, Tre’ Craig, Taylor Threat, D. J. Johnson and Zack Reece were all recognized Tuesday evening prior to the start of the Blackcats district game against Palestine. Mexia News photo/Stephen R. Farris

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
It’ll go down as one of the most wild and thrilling games of the season as the Mexia Blackcats finally got back in the win column with a 9-8 defeat of the Palestine Wildcats at home on Tuesday night.
“A little excitement here in the last part of the year,” said Coach Matt Matus. “That’s great. That’s good stuff!”
The Wildcats – down 8-5 at the beginning of the final inning – tied the game at eight in the top of the seventh and it looked as if Mexia might end up on the losing end with only one out and a Palestine runner still on base.
Reliever Zack Reece was able to battle hard against the Wildcats first baseman Jake Neal, eventually retiring the big hitter on strikes for the second out and Chico Herod, who reached on a bunt single earlier in the inning for Palestine, was caught stealing third to get the Blackcats out of the inning with the score tied up.
Mexia’s number nine hitter, D. J. Johnson led off the bottom of the seventh and got on base after getting hit in the back by a Brian Gummelt pitch to get on base.
After third baseman Darius Dorsey went down on strikes, Jesse Torres (replacing Case Adair at shortstop), waltzed up to the plate and laid down a nice bunt to the left of the pitcher’s mound.

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