WHITEHOUSE -- The Wildcats were three outs away.

Whitehouse could force a third game if it held College Station without any runs in the top of the seventh. Instead, it allowed the Cougars to open the inning with three consecutive singles and ended up losing, 7-3, on Friday.

"We talked after the 8-0 (loss) the other night about coming out and letting them know that we're here," coach Derrick Jenkins said. "I kind of felt like when they left today, we gave them everything we had. They got some guys that can throw and they're just a good team. I wish we could have finished it up, but I thought we played well tonight."

The game was a defensive battle throughout. Entering the bottom of the sixth, College Station led 2-1 and there were a combined five hits.

Both Tommy Acker and Jack Clark reached base on a walk to start things off. When Skyler Trevino stepped up two outs later, he sent the ball soaring to the left field fence. It fell just shy of a home run but was enough for a two-RBI double to give Whitehouse the lead.

Unfortunately, it was short-lived.

Although Whitehouse (19-10) can point to mistakes it made in the final inning, it can also blame missed chances in earlier innings. In both the fourth and fifth inning, the Wildcats left three stranded. In the fourth inning alone, three batters reached base via hit by pitch.

"We're just kind of young and doing too much is all," Jenkins said. "As we start to grow, we'll see those things start to happen. We just didn't get a key hit. It kind of weighs on you at the end because you know if you get a hit here or there, you get five or six runs and it's a whole different ball game."

Although the loss stings, Jenkins remains positive about his group going forward. Several key players including starting pitcher Logan Whitfield and center fielder Brandon Quarles return for next season.

Jenkins reminded players after the game to take the pain they felt and use it as motivation to come back improved next year.

"Not a senior guy on the mound," he said. "We just know if they'll put in the work and get better, we've got a chance to make a run next year.

College Station 7, Whitehouse 3

5A Region III Bi-District Game 2
At Whitehouse

College Station               000    020     5    --      7      10    1
Whitehouse                    000     102    0    --     3    2     4

Pitchers and catchers

  • College Station: Austin Teel (5.0), Tanner McNamara (2.0) and Chanden Scamardd
  • Whitehouse: Logan Whitfield (5.1), Trent Sheldon (1.2) and Ashton Rodgers.

WP -- McNamara
LP -- Sheldon

Doubles

  • Whitehouse: Skyler Trevino