TEMPLE — The Temple Wildcats are going to play until they run out of chances. Friday night was a good way to keep that push alive with a 3-1 victory over Ellison at Hallford Field behind gutty pitching from Mason Hesse and clutch hitting by Ricky Ortiz.
“Our kids, even though they’ve struggled, have played hard even though at this point in district your mind can go off in another direction,” said Temple coach Craig Martin. “We still control our own destiny. We have three games left that we feel like we can win.”
Opportunities to crumble appeared before the Wildcats (8-17-1, 3-8), but the mistakes they made didn’t prove costly. They only had four hits against Ellison (7-19, 4-7) ace Tyler Bark, but those proved valuable.
Hesse recorded 10 strikeouts. He was also aided in the second when left fielder Zach Behr gunned down courtesy runner A.J. Frescatore at third following a Weston single to escape any damage.
“The way our year has gone, any win is a good win,” Martin said. “Mason pitched a great game and Ricky had a big hit in that inning. I’m proud of our kids still wanting to fight. We’ve still got a chance.”