Darren Doyle, story and photos
Timely hits and aggressive base running were key factors in the Wildcat win as Edmonson County defeated the Metcalfe County Hornets 13-8 Friday night at home.
Dylan Waldrop had another solid pitching performance, notching the win in 5 and 2/3 innings while giving up just 5 hits and earning 5 strikeouts. Waldrop also helped himself at the plate, too, belting 3 RBI's in a 1-4 night.
Walker Hazel gave up 2 hits and earned a strikeout in 2/3 of an inning, while Matthew Jaggers earned the save, going 2/3 of an inning to finish the game.
"We have 10 or 12 pitchers that we can use, and we'll use these guys all year long because of pitch count rules," said coach Bo West. "Waldrop did great again, he gave us what he could, then we brought in the other two guys. We'll be right back at it again tomorrow, too."
The dugout was loud all night long as there was no shortage of support for each other. "The team's coming together already, and there's chemistry right now," West said. "It's fun as a coach when you see players lead themselves. You know, we don't have to come to the park and yell to get these guys up, they're doing it themselves."
All the starters reached base during the contest and 8 out of 10 notched hits. Walker Hazel went 3-4 with 2 RBI's, Caleb Skaggs was 1-3 with 1 RBI and 3 stolen bases. Shawn Winchester also went 3-4 with 2 RBI's and 3 stolen bases. Logan Lindsey was 1-1 with 2 walks and a stolen base, Dylan Waldrop went 1-4 with 3 RBI's, Hunter Garrett was 1-2 with 2 walks and 1 RBI, Cole Logsdon was 1-4 with an RBI, and Logan Minton was 1-1 with 2 walks and a stolen base.
The Wildcats will take on Fort Campbell at home on Saturday at noon. Any coach is happy to start the season 3-0, and Coach West is no different.
"Wins are good, and it's really fun to watch these guys. They're growing and working hard for each other," West said.