Senior Night could turn out to be special for Wildcats
Joseph Elerson | News-Telegram Sports Writer

April 26, 2005 - For Brian Shurtleff, Kason Scroggins and Zach Adair, Senior Night is going to be a very important game in the outcome of the season for a shot at the District 12-4A championship.

"We need to win Tuesday mainly because of Senior Night, but also because we need the game to become district champions. So it is really important that we do win that game," Scroggins said. "We actually expected to go to the playoffs last year, but we weren't able to, so this year it should be pretty fun for us to go to the playoffs."

Scroggins is the son of Scott and Ala Scroggins and is in the top three in five statistical categories this season. He is third in average (.356), third in hits (31), second in doubles (16), second in RBI (21), and second in runs scored (29) with two games remaining.

"It was a lot better than I thought it was actually, and I hope that I can keep it up through these last two games and into the playoffs," Scroggins said.

Scroggins made the switch from catcher to first base this season and said the transition was not as hard as he thought it would be since there are a lot of similarities between the two positions.

"It was a little different making the switch but then again it was a lot like catching because you have to make scoops and digs and stuff like that, so it was pretty easy to adapt to that," he said.

Shurtleff said seeing the way that Scroggins made the switch to first base was very encouraging because the team really didn't have anybody to take over the position at the start of the season.

"This year Kason really stepped it up in moving to first base, and he did it with no problem and that was encouraging," Shurtleff said. "He also has picked it up with his bat, and this is the first year for him to ever play that position."

Brian is the son of Keith and Beth Shurtleff, and is very active with school activities as part of the Key Club, Leadership Club, Chess Club, power lifting and football. Shurtleff has plans on attending Blinn Junior College in the fall and becoming an accountant.

Brian said playing his last game at Eagle Stadium tonight will be a night to prove to the fans that the Wildcats can contend for the district championship and to take advantage of playing at home one last time especially against their rival, Texas High.

"That is just a small factor because we have something to show Texas High because of what happened last time at their place, but we have all played on this field since before high school with traveling teams and stuff like that," Shurtleff said. "When you know for a fact that this is your last time to play on this field you are definitely going to try and take advantage of it."

With a 7-4 pitching record this season and a 2.84 earned run average going into tonight's game, Adair knows what needs to happen tonight and is ready for the challenge.

"It is very important because we need to go out and win against Texas High, but we really need to win out to get into the playoffs, so it is a pretty important game for me and it is Senior Night for us," Adair said.

Adair, the son of Jerry and Linda Adair, said this season has been a decent season for him on the mound as he is second in wins and strikeouts behind Alex Aguilar.

"I thought I have been all right, but I could have been better in certain situations. I am controlling my pitches a lot better than I did last year because I am not walking nearly as many guys as I did," Adair said.

He said playing along side Scroggins and Shurtleff has been fun and that their performances have been great this season.

"It has been pretty good since their has only been three of us this year compared to the eight seniors on the team from last year, and they have performed well offensively and defensively this season," he said.

Shurtleff said this is the best that he has seen Adair pitch and has taken advantage of every situation he has been in this year on the mound.

Shurtleff added, "I have never seen him pitch this good and this is his last year here. Zach has been throwing two hitters against state-ranked teams and has been pitching awesome for us, and he has stepped it up better than ever this year."

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