Abilene High pitching unit delivering
ABILENE, Texas - With four games to go in District 3-6A, the Abilene High baseball team has already surpassed its district win total from last season. One of the big reasons for the 6-2 mark is on the mound.
"I think probably the most consistent thing we've had is the pitching," Eagles head coach Ryan Lewis said. "The pitching has really kept us in every game. They've battled, they haven't walked people."
Starting pitchers Andrew Bennett and Evan Scarborough have been a tough one-two punch against Abilene High's four district opponents so far.
The pair has combined to allow only four earned runs in the last four games, with the Eagles going 3-1.
"Trying to hit my spots, and have them put it in play," said Bennett, a senior who has recorded three straight complete games. "Get pop flies, get ground balls, get outs."
"Mostly trusting the players behind us to make plays," said Scarborough, a junior. "We've been hitting good, too. That helps."
Bennett leads the staff with a 7-0 record this season. In his past two outings he ended the game by striking out the would-be game-winning run with the bases loaded against Keller Central, and fired a two-hit shutout while fanning eight against Weatherford.
"He doesn't have what I would call dominate stuff. It's not bad stuff, but it's definitely not overpowering," said Lewis. "But he continues to work the ball in and out, throw strikes."
"Basically have all my mechanics in my head and know if I'm off, know what's wrong and how to fix it, so it's more consistent," said Bennett.
Scarborough is 4-2 overall, and needed just 75 pitches to take down Keller Central 5-0 while scattering three hits.
"We obviously feel good about Andrew and Evan going out there and giving us a chance to win every game," said Lewis. "That's all we want is a chance to win in the seventh inning. We've found ourselves on the right end of it more times than not.
"It doesn't matter what level you're playing, little league, high school, pro, college, good pitching is key."
Abilene High is off from district play this week, but will play at Lubbock Christian on Tuesday before hosting LCHS on Friday.