Whiteoak Wildcats split weekend DH with Trimble; earn win over Manchester
Monday, April 10, 2017 2:53 PM
The Whiteoak Wildcats played three games in two days, winning twice as they earned their fifth victory of the season by splitting a Saturday doubleheader with Trimble and winning a conference game Friday night vs. the Manchester Greyhounds.
On Saturday afternoon, the Wildcats (3-1, 5-4) lost the first game of the DH with Trimble by a 7-2 score but came back in the second game to win 10-6.
In the second game, WHS trailed 5-0 after four innings but rallied with a seven-run fifth inning, and three more runs in the sixth for their 10 total runs in the win. Trimble added one last run in the bottom of the seventh.
“Fighting back from a 5-0 deficit with two big innings late, once again, speaks to the heart of this team,” WHS head coach Chris Veidt said. “There is no quit in them, and to do it against a quality opponent like Trimble makes it even more impressive.”
The second game of the twin bill saw Brandon Lowe lead WHS with a 3-for-4 game, totaling two RBIs, while earning two hits was Trever Yeager at 2-for-4, with two runs, four RBIs and a double.
Gaining one hit each were Traeten Hamilton, (1-for-3, two runs), Chase Butler (1-for-3, one run, one RBI), Zach Harless (1-for-2, one run, one RBI), Mason Lehr (1-for-3) and Ryan Roberts (1-for-2, one run, two RBIs).
The winning pitcher for the Wildcats was Roberts. He went five innings, allowing five runs (one earned) on three hits and three walk. Roberts fished with six strikeouts, improving to 1-0 on the season. The save went to Evan Brill. Brill pitched two innings of relief, allowing one run (unearned) on on one hit and no walks, while striking out two for his first save of the season.
“Ryan Roberts had a key two-run single in the fifth and also earned his first varsity pitching win. Trever Yeager and Brandon Lowe had five hits and six RBI between them, which makes for a productive middle of lineup, plus Evan Brill pitching two impressive innings for a clutch save was big too.”
In the first game of the doubleheader, the Wildcats lost by a 7-2 score. Both teams scored two runs in the first inning, only to see Trimble add two more runs in the fifth and three runs in the seventh inning.
At the plate for WHS, Hamilton and Butler each had one hit, with Butler scoring a run. Butler was also charged with the loss on the mound. He went six innings, allowing four runs (two earned) on seven hits and no walks. Butler finished with eight strikeouts. Brayden Yeager pitched one inning of relief. He allowed three run (none earned) on three hits and no walks. Yeager ended with two strikeouts.
“We did a nice job of coming back immediately after a 2-0 deficit, then the wheels fall off defensively in the fifth and seventh innings,” Veidt said. “Anytime you strike out 10 and walk none as a pitching staff, you should win. Chase Butler pitched well enough to win, and he also continues to be very productive at the plate.”
On Friday, the Wildcats won in Southern Hills Athletic Conference play by defeating the Manchester Greyhounds, 6-1 for their third SHAC win of the season.
The two teams were tied at 1-1 at the conclusion of the first inning, but WHS took over the lead with a two-run second, one-run third and two-run fifth.
Hamilton and Trever Yeager led WHS at the plate, with each being 2-for-3. Hamilton had one run and one RBI, while Yeager scored two runs. Both players each hit two doubles in the win.
With one hit each were Lowe (one RBI), Brill (one run) and Casey Nace.
Brill was the winning pitcher, going the distance in a seven-inning complete game. Brill allowed just one run (unearned) on four hits and one walk. Brill finished with four strikeouts, improving to 2-0 on the season.