Late hits push baseball team ahead

The Wildcats enjoy a walk-off win against Fox, May 5


Chris Barnett

Cole Stamper, right field, walked-off, giving the Wildcats a big win, 5-4, May 5.

The Varsity Baseball Team faced the Fox High School Warriors and walked off the field winners with a 5-4 victory, May 5.

In the top of the third the Warriors loaded the bases with two outs, but Nate Witherspoon, pitcher, was able to get the pop up to end the threat.

“Nate threw very well,” Mr. James Daffron, head coach, said. “His pitch selection is very good, and he just battles out there.”

After getting a double play and having nobody on and two outs in the top of the fourth, Fox put two on with back-to-back singles and then a triple to put the Warriors on top, 2-0.

The Wildcats then answered in the bottom of the fourth with an RBI single off the bat of Bo Highfill, first base, to cut the lead in half heading to the fifth, 2-1.

“We came together as a team,” Cole Stamper, right field, said. “We needed to win this game.”

After a quiet fifth inning, the sixth inning would account for five runs.

Aided by an error in the top of the sixth, the Warriors doubled home two runs to add some insurance, 4-1.

“When Fox scored they were unable to shut the door,” Coach Daffron said. “After you score you need to go out and put up a zero. They were unable to do that.”

The Wildcats reopened the door in the bottom of the sixth, hanging a three spot on the board. Andrew Aydt, third base, led off the sixth with a triple and was driven in on a single by Stamper who, in turn, was driven in by Zach Seiler, catcher, who would also come in to score, tying the game, 4-4.

“I just wanted to help my team and get the run in,” Stamper said. “It was a very important inning for us.”

Max Harrell, pitcher, was on the mound for the seventh inning looking to hold the Warriors and set up the win in the bottom half of the inning.

After allowing a lead-off single, Harrell got the next three batters.

“Max is great about throwing strikes,” Coach Daffron said. “He’s not going to overpower anyone with his fastball, but he can spot it anywhere.”

The bottom of the seventh was led off by Nick Hoeflinger, second base, who doubled into right field and was moved to third on a bunt single by Jesse Schuller, center field, setting up a second and third situation with nobody out.

The Warriors opted to intentionally walk the number three hitter Aydt to get to Stamper.

With the bases loaded and nobody out, Stamper lined a rope into the gap in left-center to end the game, 5-4.

“After the walk I knew it was my calling, my time,” Stamper said. “I was pretty confident. I did what I had to do.”

Stamper finished the game, going two for four with a pair of RBIs.

Aydt finished the game, going one for three with a triple and an RBI and was on base three times.

The Wildcats will attempt to carry their momentum into their next game, facing Fox again, this time on the road, May 6.