Wildcats Baseball Coach Jerrod Hammack teaches History and perhaps some of the battles he tells students about didn’t take as long as it took his Wildcats to defeat Pine Tree in district play. The game started at around 5 p.m.Friday in Pine Tree and after a postponement due to rain, it finally wrapped up shortly after 4:30 p.m. Monday in Pine Tree. The Wildcats defeated the Pirates, 8-4.
The Wildcats led after four innings, 7-4 when lightning flashed and rain poured down. During the 30 minute conclusion Monday afternoon, the Wildcats added a run in the top of the fifth and then pitcher Jaxon Chaney shut down the Pirates allowing no runs or hits while striking out four. Friday the Wildcats opened the game with a five run first. Pine Tree counter punched with three runs and and five hits in the bottom of the first to make it a 5-3 game after one. The Pirates closed the gap to 5-4 with a one run in the bottom of the third. The Wildcats got some breathing room with two runs in the top of the fourth. Triston McCormick started for the Wildcats but lasted only two-thirds of an inning allowing three earned runs on four hits. Tyler Armstrong got the pitching win working the next three and one-third innings giving up one earned run on four hits. Chaney finished things up Monday. The Wildcats played error free ball while the Pirates made four errors. The Wildcats had five hits. Gavin Millsap led the Wildcats at the plate with two hits in three at bats with two RBIs and a run scored. McCormick also drove home two runs and he had a hit and a run. Dawson Draper had a RBI, a hit and a run scored. Austin Dodd had an RBI. Kaden Argenbright had a hit and a run. Ryan Humphries, Chaney, Armstrong and Jace Thompson all scored a run.
The Wildcats are now 6-1 in district play and they improved their season record to 13-8. The Wildcats play Marshall at Wildcat Park Tuesday night. There will be a JV contest at 4 p.m. with the varsity game to follow at 7 p.m. Ryan Humphries is expected to pitch for the Wildcats.