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Baseball Evens Record to 4-4

April 10, 2012
Montgomery County High School


The Montgomery County R-2 Wildcat baseball team won the only game it played last week, as R-2 defeated Winfield 19-9 last Tuesday, April 3, in an East Missouri (EMO) Conference game.  The Wildcats also had a game scheduled against Van-Far on Thursday, April 5, but it was postponed due to rain.

With this win the Wildcats won their second game in a row and improved their overall record to 4 wins and 4 losses.  They also improved their EMO Conference record to 2-0.

For the seventh time in their eight games the Wildcats scored first and this time they did it in a big way, as they sent 11 batters to the plate in the top of the 1st inning and scored 8 runs.  Colt Ellis led off with a single, followed by a single by Taylor Deves, which scored Ellis.  Then Dakota Smith singled, which was followed by a double by Evan Milner scoring Deves.  Smith then scored on a wild pitch.  Nick Oden walked and David Reagan then doubled to score Milner and Oden scored on a Winfield throwing error.  This made the score 5-0, but there was more to come.

Jackson Bishop reached base on an error and then his “courtesy runner” (substitute base runner, which is allowed at the high school level) Zeke Theissen and Reagan both scored on a triple by Ellis. Ellis then scored on a single by Luther Harris who was thrown out at second base trying to stretch it to a double to end the inning with the Wildcats leading 8-0.

Unfortunately the Wildcats’ starting pitcher, Jackson Bishop, struggled with his control in the bottom of the first.  Couple this with 2 Wildcat errors and Winfield sent 10 batters to the plate in the bottom of the inning and scored 4 runs of their own to make the score 8-4.  Neither team scored again until the fourth inning.

The Wildcats got things going in the fourth with a single by Harris and Smith reaching base on an error.  Milner doubled to left-center to score both Harris and Smith.  Oden then singled and Reagan followed with a bunt single to score Milner. Bishop then singled to drive in Oden, giving R-2 a 12-4 lead.

Winfield scored a run in the bottom of the fourth, as Bishop hit a batter who later scored on another Wildcat error to make the score 12-5. Cameron Parrish relieved Bishop in the fifth inning and Winfield scored 3 more runs, with the help of to 2 more Wildcat errors to make the score 12-9.

The Wildcats immediately responded with 6 more runs in the top of the sixth inning. Oden, Reagan, and pinch-hitter Chase Worsham all walked to load the bases and another walk to Parrish forced in Oden.  Ryan Knipfel reentered the game to as a pinch-runner for Worsham and Theissen again was used as a courtesy runner for the pitcher Parrish.  Ellis also walked to force in Reagan and the Harris singled to score Knipfel and Theissen.  Deves then walked and Milner singled to score Ellis and Harris to make the score 18-9 at the end of the sixth.

Parrish shut down the Warriors the rest of the way and added a solo home run of his own (his first Varsity level hit) in the top of the seventh inning. It finished the scoring at 19-9, and gave the Wildcats a big EMO Conference victory.

The offensive leaders for the Wildcats were as follows:  Milner 3 hits, 2 runs scored and 5 runs batted in (RBI's); Ellis 2 hits, 3 runs scored and 3 RBI's; Harris 3 hits, 1 run scored and 3 RBI's; Reagan 2 hits, 2 runs and 2 RBI's; Oden 1 hit and 3 runs scored; Smith 2 hits and 2 runs scored; Deves 1 hit, 1 run scored and 1 RBI; Parrish 1 hit, 1 home run, 1 run scored and 2 RBI's; and Bishop 1 hit and 1 RBI.  Theissen scored 2 runs as a courtesy runner and Knipfel scored 1 run as well.  Bishop picked up the win as the pitcher, as the Wildcats had the lead when he finished pitching and did not lose the lead.

The Wildcats are hosting their annual tournament this week, with games on Thursday, April 12, and Saturday, April 14 (see the article about the tournament for more information).  Next week they have games on Monday, Thursday and Friday.  On Monday, April 16, they host Community R-6 (5:00 p.m. start).  On Thursday, April 19 they play at Wellsville (4:30 p.m. start).  On Friday, April 20, they host New Haven (5:00 p.m. start).  The first two games of the week are EMO Conference games.

Best wishes to the Wildcats for continued success in your tournament this week and your games next week.  Go Wildcats!


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