Whiteoak head coach Chris Veidt described his team in two words: “Cardiac Cats,” as they tallied runs in the fifth and sixth innings to overtake and run away from Symmes Valley, Monday at VA Memorial Stadium in Chillicothe by a 12-5 score.

At one point, after four and a half innings, the Wildcats (6-4) trailed by a 5-1 score, but from the bottom of the fifth until the end of the non-conference game, the Wildcats went on a barrage of scoring against their opponent, scoring six runs in the fifth and five more runs in the sixth to seal the seven-run win over Symmes Valley, who dropped to 5-5 overall.

“The ‘Cardiac Cats’ pulled off another come-from-behind victory with two big innings late to overcome a 5-1 deficit going into the bottom of fifth,” Veidt said.



The rally of the Wildcats was due in large part to the plate presence of Casey Nace. Nace finished the game with four RBIs with a 2-for-4 game at the plate, while scoring two runs and hitting a double. Also for WHS, Zach Harless was 1-for-3 with two runs and a triple that scored two runs. Harless was also the winning pitcher, earning his first career varsity win.

Harless pitched six innings, allowed five runs (two earned) on five hits and three walks. He collected four strikeouts against Symmes Valley.

“Zach gave us six solid innings in his first varsity pitching start,” Veidt said. “Playing in a big-time environment at the VA, his two-run triple was also a key part of our six-run fifth.

“[Monday] will go a long way in proving to Casey Nace that he is as good as our coaching staff thinks he is. He had a monster four-RBI night with a two-run double in fifth and a run scoring single in sixth.

“Casey always stands out in practice, and tonight his ability to believe in himself allowed his physical talents to shine. We are looking forward to a productive season from him. Mason Lehr has also had two nice back-to-back games for us at third base.”

Trever Yeager pitched one inning of relief where he allowed no hits, walks or runs.

At the plate for WHS, Traeten Hamilton was 1-for-2 with two runs, Chase Butler was 1-for-3 with two runs. Also for the ’Cats, Lehr was 1-for-4 with one RBI, and Evan Brill went 1-for-2 with three runs and one RBI.