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Wildcats down Demons for 1st win

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By Greg Woods

The Henry County Wildcats managed to squeeze in three games last week despite the wintry weather in the middle of the week and got their first victory of the season with an 8-0 win over Williamstown on Friday night.

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The Wildcats got good pitching and enough offense to get the win according to Coach Stuart Dill.

We pitched really well,” Dill said. “We only walked two batters the entire game. Dakota Estes pitched four complete innings and Blake Prather pitched the last three.

“We played solid defense and didn’t have an error in the game,” he continued. “If we pitch and get defense like that we will be in most games.

“Offensively, we were okay. We got eight hits but still did not situational hit like we needed to. We left some guys on base early in the game.”

Dill was pleased with his team’s ability to use their speed to create offense.

“We were able to create some runs with six stolen bases and three successful bunts,” Dill said. “The biggest one came in the top of the seventh in a 4-0 game. Dylan Adams laid down a perfect suicide squeeze to score two runs and he beat out the throw for a hit.

“We are going to need to continue to execute the little things on offense to help us score runs,” Dill continued. “Dylan had two hits; Mason Fish had two hits and two RBIs. Ethan Tuggle got a big two-out triple and drove in two runs. It was a good team win that helped continue to build positive momentum.”

South Oldham 7 HCHS 1

The Wildcats made their home debut against one of the top teams in the region and after a shaky start played the Dragons evenly the rest of the way.

South Oldham struck for six runs in the first inning before the Cats came to bat and stranded three runners. The Cats loaded the bases with no outs but failed to push across a run.  The first inning literally ended up being the difference in the game as the Cats and Dragons scored one run each the rest of the way.

“After the first inning, I was really pleased. It was probably the best little stretch of ball we’ve played all year,” Dill said. “We have to find a way to score some runs. To have the bases loaded and no outs – we should have gotten at least two runs out of it.”

Dill was pleased with sophomore starter Connor Smith.

“Connor did well,” he said. “He just didn’t get much defensive support. Overall our pitching was much improved. It kept us in the game really. Landon New pitched well and Isaac Kent pitched four shutout innings.

“Our kids competed well,” Dill continued. “I don’t like to lose but we gained some confidence by playing well against one of the top two team in the region.”

Trimble Co. 11 HCHS 1

The Wildcats traveled to Bedford to take on the Raiders Mar. 18 and were defeated in five innings.

“We used a lot of pitchers again in this game,” Dill said. “We are still trying to get everybody some work and see what we have. Walks were a big issue in this game just as they have been in our previous games.”

The Wildcats issued nine walks and a hit batter. The Raiders scored their eleven runs with only nine hits.

The Wildcats scored their only run in the top of the first. Landon New walked to lead off the game. After stealing second, New advanced to third on a passed ball and scored on a single by Ethan Tuggle. It was the only hit of the game for Henry County.

“Going forward we have to throw strikes and make routine plays Dill said. “We also have to put the ball in play better. It’s as simple as that.”