WALL — A highly anticipated District 6-3A showdown for the league championship turned into a Wall showcase on Thursday, as the Hawks took the first of two games with Jim Ned 11-1 at WHS.
Luke Kemp tossed a two-hitter with nine strikeouts while Hagyn Barbee and Cale Braden were both 2 for 3 with two RBIs to lead Wall (24-4-1, 13-0)) which can clinch the district title if it defeats the Indians in Friday’s 7 p.m. rematch at Jim Ned.
The Indians fell to 22-4 and 12-1 with the loss.
“We came out ready to play,” Wall coach Jason Schniers said. “I challenged my kids yesterday at the end of practice to make sure we continue to give an effort every day and to make sure that we understand we haven’t really accomplished anything yet.
“We have a good record and we’re undefeated in district but other than that, nothing has been accomplished. It was a reminder about the purpose of what we’re going through over the next two days and boy did our kids respond in a big way.”