Wildcats topped by Hilltoppers in Game 1
by Donell Maxie
May 02, 2014 | 995 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Cleveland's Dillon Norwood covers first base during playoff baseball action against Houston Thursday night. Cleveland High lost the contest 10-3 and will be back in action at 6 p.m. in Houston for game two.
Cleveland's Dillon Norwood covers first base during playoff baseball action against Houston Thursday night. Cleveland High lost the contest 10-3 and will be back in action at 6 p.m. in Houston for game two.
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The Houston Hilltoppers pounded out 13 hits Thursday night against the Cleveland High Wildcats to pace their way to a 10-3 victory game one of a best-of-three first series in the first round of the 4A State Baseball Playoffs here at Sank Powe Field.

The win gives Houston a 1-0 game lead over Cleveland in the best of three series.

The Wildcats struggled mightily at the plate with only three hits on the night and two of those hits coming in the first and second innings.

Despite the lack of production at the plate, Cleveland played solid defense, but the Hilltoppers were able to find a few holes in the defense as well as took advantage of four Cleveland errors.

Cleveland's freshman hurler Hunter Riggins suffered the loss on the hill, going five innings and giving up 12 hits and 10 runs with eight of those being earned runs.

Austine Burdine picked up the win for the Hilltoppers going five innings giving up two hits with 11 strikeouts.

The Hilltoppers started the game with Burdine socking a two-out homerun for a 1-0 lead.

Cleveland mustered a hit from Dalton Lambre in the bottom of the first, but he was thrown out stealing second. Burdine ended up striking out the next two CHS batters to end the inning.

In the top of the second, Houston's Reid Carter led off with another solo home run for the Hilltoppers to increase their lead to 2-0.Riggins bounced back by getting the next three batters to ground out to end the inning.

In the bottom of second, Cleveland's Dillon Norwood started the second inning with a double, but he was left stranded as Burdine struck out the next three batters to close out the scoring threat.

Houston added three runs in the third and one in the fourth for a 6-0 advantage. The Hilltoppers continued their assault in the sixth by scoring four run to make the score 10-0.

Despite trailing big, the Wildcats refused to quit and in the bottom of the sixth as run scored off a ground ball out for a 10-1 game.

Cleveland's defense shut down the Hilltoppers in the top of the seventh to push the game into the final frame of the night.

In the bottom of the seventh, Cleveland gave a valiant effort, but it was too little too late as they could only muster two runs for a 10-3 game.

Hardman had a single and a RBI and Norwood and Lambre had a hit each to lead the Lady Wildcats at the plate.

Cleveland will be back in action for game two at 6 p.m. tonight in Houston. Game three, if necessary, is set for 2 p.m. on Saturday in Cleveland.