North Forney Baseball took on the Mesquite Horn Jaguars this past Saturday in a scrimmage as both teams continue to prepare for the upcoming season. However, there was a slight twist as opposed to any other preseason exhibition match; the event was held at Globe Life Park in Arlington, home of the Texas Rangers. Both program’s players got the experience of a lifetime as they were able to take pregame batting practice in the underground hitting tunnels and have their names announced over the PA system before each at-bat.
As for the game itself, the Falcons hit a rough patch in the first inning, giving up 6 runs with only one out recorded. Freshman Jayden Olsen was a real bright spot for the Falcons pitching staff, as he recorded the final two outs of the first inning, and then working a scoreless second inning. Overall, North Forney pitchers held their own against Horn, including a scoreless inning from sophomore Baxter Tuten, senior Matthew Sieber, and junior Valdemar Gonzalez both had impressive innings of their own also.
The offensive attack was led by junior Hayden Shipley, as he hit halfway to the cycle with a triple and a double. Senior Jordan Carroll, senior, Kyle Hogwood, sophomore Logan Williams, juniors Cameron Moore, Garrett Gray, and Corbin Thompson each contributed to the cause with Gray picking up an extra base hit, Thompson driving in a run via sac-fly, Moore collecting a base hit and a walk, and Carroll with and infield single via drag bunt.
While the Falcons were defeated by the Jaguars 8-7, there were plenty of positives on both sides of the ball for North Forney that will be built upon throughout the preseason as they prepare for the District 15-5A opener against Wylie East, on March 13th.
The Falcons will play again on Tuesday, February 13th when they travel to Tyler as they take on Tyler Lee at Mike Carter Field.
Article Written by Layten Praytor