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Whiteoak earns SHAC win over West Union, Ripley in consecutive days

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Stephen Forsha, The Highland County Press

The Whiteoak Wildcats were winners in consecutive days in their Southern Hills Athletic Conference games on Friday and Saturday afternoons, defeating West Union with a combined no-hitter on Friday, followed by a Saturday win over the Ripley Blue Jays. 

On Friday, the combined no-hitter by Kaden Moon-Stone and Eli Roberts saw WHS win by a 10-0 score in five innings. 

On the mound versus the Dragons at WHS, the Wildcats saw Moon-Stone earn the win with four innings pitched, allowing no runs on no hits and two walks. He finished with eight strikeouts as he improved to 3-0 on the mound. 

Roberts pitched one inning where he allowed no runs, hits or walks, striking out three batters in his appearance. 

WHS began the game with a four-run first inning, followed with six runs in the second inning to complete their 10-run game. 

Zander Roades finished 2-for-4 with one run, one steal, two doubles and three RBI. 

Roberts was 1-for-2 with two runs, one double, one RBI and two steals. Izayah Clift totaled one run, two steals and one walk. 

Roberts finished the game 1-for-2 with two runs, one double, one RBI and two steals. 

Moon-Stone ended the game with a 1-for-1 day at the plate, with two runs, one steal and two HBP. 

Jacen Applegate collected one walk, while Dakota Clift scored one run, two walks and two RBI. Abraham Flader was 1-for-1 with one run, one steal and two RBI. The Wildcats also had Camron Storms finished with one RBI, one walk and a run. Wyatt Ruark finished with one walk. 

On Saturday (April 6) the Wildcats defeated Ripley in a makeup game by a 10-0 score for a SHAC win. 

Zander Roades (1-0) was the winning pitcher as he went six innings on the mound, collecting 15 strikeouts in a two-hit, one-walk shutout.  

At the plate, the Wildcats saw Roberts have one hit and one steal, while another WHS hit came from Caden Butler, who hit a double. 

The big part of Whiteoak’s was their patience at the plate, as they forced 15 walks and reached base on errors and hits by pitch on multiple occasions. 

Roades collected one run, two steals and one walk, while teammate Kaden Moon-Stone was hit by a pitch twice, drew two walks and had four steals. 

Jonah Michael finished the game with a run, two walks, one SAC and one RBI. Applegate on Saturday finished with two steals, two RBI and three walks. Dakota Clift had three steals, one SAC, two RBI and three walks. 

Storms had one steal and two walks, while Hite scored one run and collected a steal and walk. Flader finished 1-for-1 with a double and two RBI. 

The two wins move WHS to an overall record of 8-1, 4-0 in the SHAC. 

WHS head coach Chris Veidt spoke about the two games. 

“We had a combined no-hitter vs. West Union for Moon-Stone and Roberts, and then a 15-strikeout two-hitter for Roades vs. Ripley,” Veidt said. “Our pitch selection and aggressive base running have carried us offensively recently. Defensively, our pitching and defense have carried us.”

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