The hits that Wilkes Swaim recorded on Friday night weren’t big in stature. Their impact, however, was huge.
Swaim followed up two infield hits with two unconventional scores in a 4-1 win over Hutto. The Georgetown senior accounted for the Eagles’ first two runs, scoring on a steal of home and an error in the top of the eighth inning.
Georgetown’s three-run win kept the Eagles undefeated in District 17-4A play. With four district games remaining, the Eagles have opened a two-game lead over the Hippos.
“We didn’t play how we can and how we know we can,” Swaim said. “But we definitely battled.”
Swaim led off the third inning with an infield single, a challenging ground ball that Hutto shortstop Chris Minchew was unable to field. Swaim was moved over to second base on a sacrifice bunt and he then reached third base when Hutto catcher Tony Beam’s post-strikeout pickoff attempt ended up in the outfield.
On the first pitch of the ensuing at-bat, Beam tried to pick Swaim off again but the Georgetown baserunner broke home on Beam’s throw to third base. Swaim was able to beat the throw back to Beam and Georgetown exited the inning with a 1-0 lead.
“We practice stuff like that, week in and week out and I finally got an opportunity to do it in a game so I took it,” Swaim said.
Hutto, which had a runner in scoring position in three of the first four innings, tied the game in the fifth inning. With one out, Hutto right fielder Rylee Nance scored Chris Meador with a single to center field that also knocked Georgetown starter Brandon Boone out of the game.
The two teams battled through two scoreless innings and Swaim, the eighth hitter in Georgetown’s line-up was sent to lead off the first frame of free baseball.
Swaim reached base on a bunt and then scooted over to second base after Hutto committed an error on the play. In the next at-bat, George Janca grounded a ball to the left side of the infield but Minchew’s throw was low and Swaim scored on the errant throw.
After grabbing the 2-1 lead, Georgetown tacked on two more runs in the inning. Alec Sanchez, who relieved Boone in the fifth inning, retired the Hippos in order in the eighth inning’s bottom half to preserve the win.