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Wildcats take home 2 SHAC wins against Peebles, Fayetteville 

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Stephen Forsha, The Highland County Press

Going on the road for two consecutive days, the Whiteoak Wildcats defeated both the Peebles Indians and the Fayetteville Rockets for Southern Hills Athletic Conference wins. 

The two days on the road saw WHS win on Monday (April 15) at Peebles by an 11-3 score, followed on Tuesday (April 16) with a 3-2 victory at Fayetteville. 

On Monday at Peebles, the Wildcats won by eight runs as they had a three-run top of the first inning, followed by four runs in the second, a three-run fourth inning and one run in the sixth inning. 

The Indians scored two runs in the third and one run in the bottom of the fourth inning. 

For the Wildcats, who totaled five hits and committed one error, they had Dakota Clift finish 2-for-3 with a steal, three RBI and two walks. Zander Roades was 1-for-2 with one run, two walks, one RBI and one steal. 

Kaden Moon-Stone ended the game at 1-for-3 with two runs and a double. Jonah Michael had a day consisting of 1-for-3 with two runs and one walk. Jacob Kiley was 1-for-1, while Abraham Flader finished 1-for-2 with two runs, two walks, one steal, one SAC and four RBI. 

Also, the Wildcats had Eli Roberts collect three runs, two walks and three steals. Izayah Clift ended the game with one steal, one RBI and a walk. Camron Storms drew one walks for the Wildcats. 

On the mound, Jacen Applegate pitched five innings for the win, where he allowed three runs (two earned) on five hits and three walks, Applegate totaled six strikeouts in the win. 

Kiley went two innings on the mound, where he allowed no run, three hits and no walks with four strikeouts. 

“Abe Flader with four RBIs and Dakota Clift each had a solid day offensively,” WHS head coach Chris Veidt said. “Jacob Kiley gave us a much-needed two innings of relief pitching and a solid at-bat.”

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PHS    002 100 0 — 3 9 4

The Tuesday SHAC game for the Wildcats saw them travel to Brown County, where they defeated the Fayetteville Rockets, 3-2 for the SHAC victory. 

WHS scored two runs in the top of the third inning and one run in the top of the fourth, which was the go-ahead, game-winning run. Fayetteville scored two runs in the bottom of the first. 

The Wildcats totaled four hits in the conference victory where Flader finished 1-for-2 with a walk and two steals. Michael went 1-for-2 with one RBI, one run, one HBP and three steals. 

There was also Moon-Stone going 1-for-4 with one run and two steals, and teammate Roades was 1-for-2 with a double, one run, two walks and a steal. 

Also for the Wildcats, Christian Hite collected a walk, and he had one hit by pitch and one steal. Roberts was also hit by a pitch, and Storms collected one RBI. 

Roades was the winning pitcher, throwing all seven innings, while allowing two unearned runs on two hits and one walk, with 14 strikeouts. 

“Our kids were resilient today after a sloppy start. We avoided the big inning in the first, got Zander Roades in a groove and battled back with clutch hits, contact and excellent base running,” Veidt said. “Zander was masterful on the mound, scattering two hits, while striking out 14. Jonah Michael and Camron Storms were clutch at the plate. Dakota Clift was rock solid behind the dish, throwing out the potential tying run attempting to steal in the sixth.”

WHS now stands at 11-2 overall and 6-1 in the SHAC. 

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FHS    200 000 0 — 2 2 0

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