Palo Duro baseball takes two over River Road in doubleheader

VIDEO: Palo Duro baseball takes two over River Road in doubleheader
Published: Mar. 15, 2023 at 6:42 PM CDT
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AMARILLO, Texas (KFDA) - The Palo Duro Dons took both halves of the doubleheader at home against River Road on Wednesday.

In the first game, the Dons jumped out to a 10-2 lead thanks to a three-run third inning and a six-run fourth inning. River Road tried to climb back into it as Clell Caldwell blasted a two-run homer out of the ballpark in the fifth, but the Wildcats still fell 13-7.

In the second game, it was River Road getting out to the early lead. The Wildcats scored in bunches over the first two innings to go up 7-2 on Palo Duro, but the Dons’ bats picked up in a hurry as they climbed all the way back into it and won an offensive showcase 16-15.

Jacob Jimenez for the Dons shined in the wins with five total RBIs (two in the first game, three in the second) to go along with four hits. Leslie Shaw also had a big day for Palo Duro with the Dons only home run of the day and seven runs scored.

“I was really happy we got these games. It’s good for them, it’s good for us.” Palo Duro baseball head coach Tyson Wormsbaker said after the first win. “We needed this to get ready for district. Our bye game is Friday, so we only have one district game this weekend. We’re kind of using this to get out pitchers working and keep our bats going.”

The Dons open district play on Saturday at 1:00pm CT against Amarillo High. River Road’s next game is scheduled for March 21st against Lockney. They’ll open district play on March 28th against Bushland with an open date scheduled for March 25th.