Early salvo sinks Fort Worth Christian in TAPPS state title game

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Fort Worth Christian trailed by seven runs before it came to bat in the TAPPS Class 4A state championship game, and lost 12-1 to Houston Second Baptist in six innings at the Waco ISD sports complex Saturday.

Cardinals coach Tracy Howard said it was the team’s third title-game loss in his six years at Fort Worth Christian.

“Seven-run innings are tough to overcome,” he said. “We threw up some zeroes for three consecutive innings after that. I’m proud of them for not going up there and giving in. It was a fun group to coach.”

Cardinals senior pitcher Kyle Snyder (12-3) struggled early and was relieved in the first inning.

“He didn’t have his best stuff today and we made errors behind him,” Howard said. “Against a quality opponent in a title game you’ve got to be error-free and we didn’t do that today.”

The Cardinals (29-11) made it a 7-1 deficit in the bottom of the third, but the Fighting Eagles (33-4) added three runs in the fifth and two in the sixth.

The game was halted an inning early after Fort Worth Christian did not score in the bottom of the sixth.

Fighting Eagles junior pitcher James Todd limited FWC to three doubles.

“He did a good job working pitches,” Howard said. “We put ball in play and they made the plays.”

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