It was a good day to be a Wildcat at Hallsville Thursday. Playing back to back games in the Reich Builders Classic Thursday, the Wildcats took care of Liberty-Eylau, 11-1 and then rallied late in game two to edge by Lindale, 5-4.
Against L-E, the Wildcats had a 2-1 lead after two innings but then broke the game wide open with 6 runs in the top of the third. The Wildcats added 3 more runs in the top of the fifth. Matthew Sherman, the winning pitcher, was sharp on the mound throwing 64 pitches and pitching all five innings in the five inning game, giving up 3 hits and 1 unearned run while striking out 2 and issuing no walks. The Wildcats outhit the Leopards, 8-3. In the big third inning, Matthew Mitchell and Dawson Carpenter had big hits. Mitchell hit a home run and Carpenter had a double. Mitchell had 3 RBI’s and scored a run. Carpenter scored 2 runs, had an RBI and got a walk. Mayer Millsap was 3 for 4 with a double and 2 runs scored. Matthew Singleton was 2 for 2 with an RBI, 2 runs scored and 2 stolen bases. Colt Silman was 1 for 2 with an RBI, a run scored, a walk and a stolen base. Kaden Wallace drove in a run in the first inning on a ground ball out. Ty Stroud and Hayden Hurst both walked and scored a run. Reese Rabe scored a run.
Against Lindale, the Wildcats fell behind early allowing 3 runs in the top of the first. The Wildcats chipped away at the lead getting a run in the bottom of the second and third innings. The Eagles scored a run in the top of the fifth to go up 4-2. It stayed that way until the Wildcats big bottom of the sixth when they scored three times to take a 5-4 lead. When pitcher Carpenter shut the door on Lindale in the top of the seventh, the Wildcats had a 5-4 victory. Carpenter, who got the win, pitched all 7 innings throwing an economical 87 pitches, allowing only 4 hits and 3 earned runs while striking out 3 and walking 5. The Wildcats outhit the Eagles 9 to 4. Blake Vice had a big game at the plate going 2 for 3 with 3 RBI’s and 2 doubles. Millsap was 1 for 3 with an RBI and a stolen base. Stroud was 1 for 3 with an RBI. Aiken Owens was 2 for 3 with 2 runs scored and a double. Wallace was 1 for 3 with a triple and a run scored. Hurst was 1 for 3 with a run scored. Colby Albritton was 1 for 3 with a triple and a run scored.
The Wildcats improved their season record to 4-8 and they have won three games in a row. Weather permitting, the Wildcats will play Pleasant Grove Friday at 4 p.m. in the Hallsville tournament.