Wildcats Baseball Coach Jerrod Hammack looked different Monday. On Friday he got a big monkey off his back as his Wildcats won at Marshall. The last Wildcats’ win there was in 2010 and the Wildcats had lost five straight times on the Mavericks’ field going into Friday’s game.
Coach Hammack said the win did not come easy and he added it never does. He said it usually ends up as a one-run game and Marshall always seem to find a way to come out on top. Coach Hammack said Friday it looked like that would be the case again.
After trailing for most of the game, Marshall scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth to take a 5-4 lead. Coach Hammack said the inning included a very reliable Wildcats’ outfielder slipping while chasing a fly ball and a Maverick swinging bunt down the third base line that went for a hit. Coach Hammack said he knew he had some good hitters coming up in the top of the seventh but he said he couldn’t help but thinking here we go again after the Mavs scored their sixth inning runs. The pattern seemed to be continuing as Ryan Humphries hit a bullet right at a fielder for an out to start the Wildcats’ seventh. Then things began to change. Triston McCormick got on and Jaxon Chaney hit a very high fly ball to center field that landed over the fence. Coach Hammack said pandemonium broke out on the Wildcats side. Chaney then mowed the Mavs down in the bottom of the seventh and the Wildcats had a big win.
The Wildcats are at the top of the district standings with a 2-0 record. The Wildcats will play host to Texas High, 1-0 in district play, at new Wildcat Park Tuesday night.