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Holly’s Devin Eaton fires a pitch in action against the Nucla Mustangs in the first game of the Holly Invitational Tournament on Friday, March 22. Holly was leading the game 7-0 after 4 innings when the Eaton ran into trouble as the Mustangs struck for 5 runs in the top of 5th to cut the deficit to 7-5. The Wildcats were able to put out the fire and hang on for the victory in a game that was scheduled for 5 innings.
John Contreras

Holly Wildcats Finish 1-2 in Own Tournament


By John Contreras

March 29, 2024

The Holly Wildcats hosted their invitational tournament and racked up two victories and lost one game which was an exhibition. All three games were scheduled five-inning contests

The Wildcats opened the tournament with a 7-5 victory against Nucla on Friday, March 22.

After 2 scoreless innings, Holly broke the ice with 2 runs in the third inning and struck for 5 runs in the 4th.

Going into the top of the 5th, Holly starting pitcher Devin Eaton ran into trouble along with some errors by the Wildcats that allowed Nucla to make things interesting.

The Mustangs would push across 5 runs to cut the deficit to 7-5 as the Wildcats were backed against the wall.

At one point, the bases were loaded with two outs as the Mustangs took advantage of miscues to inch their way back into the game.

Holly, however, was able to put out the fire with a strikeout by Eaton for the final out to preserve the victory.

Holly scored its 7 runs on 10 hits with 3 errors.

Nucla had 5 runs on 8 hits with no errors.

Jerry Holdren had the lone extra base hit for Holly with a double.

Truman King and Nick Vazquez both had 2 hits with 1 RBI apiece.

Dylan Tamayo, Jessie Pizarro, and Devin Eaton all had 1 hit with 1 RBI.

Also with 1 hit were Reuben Maldonado and Francisco Saenz.

Later in the afternoon, Holly lost 11-8 against Sublette, Ks. in an exhibition game.

On Saturday, Holly faced Stratton and got past the Eagles, 2-1.

The Wildcats scored their 2 runs on 3 hits and 8 stolen bases in the contest including 3 by Francisco Saenz.

Holly’s 3 hits were by Jerry Holdren, Truman King, and Devin Eaton.

On the mound, Truman King earned the win for the Wildcats and pitched 4 innings and faced 18 batters. He allowed 1 earned run on 2 hits with 2 walks and 11 strike outs.

Dawson Thompson took the loss for the Eagles. He pitched 4 innings and faced 18 batters. Thompson allowed 2 runs (both earned) on 3 hits with 3 walks and 6 strikeouts.

Holly produced its 2 runs on bunts.

The Wildcats took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning and scored the run on a bunt by Dylan Tamayo.

Stratton tied it with a run in the top of the third to make it 1-1. The Eagles scored after Brock Mills reached a walk and advanced to second base on a passed ball. Cyler Notter came to bat and had a hit down the right field line to score Mills.

Holly scored its eventual winning run in the bottom of the fourth on another key bunt by Reuben Maldonado in the 2-1 victory.

The Wildcats were scheduled to play at La Veta on Tuesday, March 26 for a District 4 League game but that game was postponed due to the weather.

Holly plays two games going into the final weekend of March when they host a rematch with Stratton on Friday, March 29 and then entertain the Las Animas Trojans on Saturday, March 30.

McClave Cardinals

The McClave Cardinals ran their record to 4-0 with a pair of lopsided victories at Manzanola by the scores of 14-0 and 28-0 on Thursday, March 21.

McClave is off until April 4 when they travel to Springfield in district league action.

The Granada Bobcats were slated to start the season at Cheyenne Wells in a league game on Tuesday, March 26 but that game was postponed due to the weather.

Granada will host the Springfield Longhorns in a seven-inning league game on Friday the 29th.

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