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Faust’s big night leads Boyd past Nocona

By Reece Waddell | Published Saturday, March 24, 2018.
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Jacob Faust was feeling it on the mound and at the plate Friday night.

Faust pitched six and one-third innings, scattering four runs on 13 hits to earn the win. He also went 2-for-4 at the plate, delivering a bases clearing RBI-double in the fifth inning to secure Boyd’s 10-4 victory over Nocona.

“[Faust] was good,” said Boyd coach James Karcher. “He hadn’t pitched in a little while and he came out here and did what I want all my guys to do, and that’s throw strikes. He’s been hitting the ball well all year but pitching-wise he was tremendous.”

Faust wiggled his way out of several jams throughout the game. With the bases loaded and one out in the second, Faust got the Nocona hitter to line out to Brian Couture, who doubled up the runner to end the inning.

Faust again got out of trouble in the sixth when he surrendered just one run after putting two runners aboard with no one out. He induced a ground ball to retire the side, minimizing the damage.

“I just don’t worry about it,” said Faust when he gets in tight spots. “I keep pitching, keep throwing strikes. Don’t give up free runs. That’s it.”

The Yellowjackets scored their first run of the game in the first inning when Lane Wilson was hit by a pitch, plating a run. Boyd added another run in the second on a two-out RBI double by Faust into the right field gap.

Then in the fourth, Dylan Couture scratched across two runs on a looping line drive single into right field. Faust gave the Yellowjackets some much-needed insurance in the fifth when he slapped a ball down the first base line that barely stayed fair, scoring three runs.

“I’m just glad it went fair,” Faust said. “I just put a good bat to it. It was a fastball right down the middle. I [was just trying] to get all three runs home.”

Boyd improved to 9-10-1 overall and 3-1 in District 8-3A with the victory. The Yellowjackets will travel to Wichita Falls City View next Tuesday.

“We’re playing well right now,” Karcher said. “We’ve got to try to keep this intensity that we have going right now. We can’t take anybody lightly, especially in this district, because this district is crazy.”

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