Edmonson County Off To Solid Start To 2018 Baseball Season
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The Wildcats took two games away from district opponent Trinity at home last night during a doubleheader against the Raiders.
Junior Tanner Woodcock pitched six innings in game one, striking out 11 while walking only 2 batters. He gave up only four hits to Trinity while allowing only three runs--two earned. Edmonson County's bats came alive as well as the team went 10-28 collectively.
The Wildcats went up 3-0 in the third, but Trinity answered by tying things up in the bottom of the inning. It would be all the Raiders could do as Woodcock's mound performance held Trinity's offense at a standstill.
"Tanner did a great job for us in the first game," said Head Coach Bo West. "He gave us what we needed and more. We had a maximum pitch count in mind for him before we started the game, but he was throwing low-stress innings and kept getting stronger as the game went on. He gave us six great innings that we needed in a district doubleheader."
Woodcock also finished 2-4 at the plate with 1 RBI, Tucker Cole finished 3-5 with 1 RBI, Nick Clemmons was 1-1, Gabe Lindsey was 1-3, and Logan Minton was 3-4 with 3 RBIs.
The team also kept things lively on the basepaths with 12 total stolen bases, only getting caught once. The Wildcats took game one 7-3.
"We have some kids with speed--a bunch of land sharks out there," West joked. "They steal when I tell them to, they steal when I don't tell them to--they just go. I like the chaos on the basepaths. It puts pressure on the opponents for them to make the play."
Game two saw even more offense from the Wildcats as they racked up 11 hits from 28 at-bats. Edmonson County also drew 11 walks and stole 12 more bases in the 9-3 win.
Three pitchers combined for the win as Jacob Vincent threw three innings for the Cats, Preston Dunn added three more innings, and Chaz Wilson pitched one.
Trinity only put together two hits in game two.
The Wildcats offense saw Ryan Lindsey go 2-2 with 1 RBI, Logan Lindsey was 2-3 with 1 RBI, Tanner Woodcock and Chaz Wilson each went 1-3 as Wilson added 2 RBIs, Tucker Cole went 2-4 and 1 RBI, and Nick Clemmons and Gabe Lindsey each went 1-3.
Coach West said he was pleased with the number of quality at-bats his guys compiled during the two games.
"They were a little too impatient to start the first game but they settled in after a few innings," he said. "They made adjustments had some really good at-bats from there on out."
West said while he's happy with the team's solid start to the season, it's just that--a start--and there are still plenty of areas the team is hoping on which to improve.
"We're still leaving too many kids on base. We need to do a better job oh hitting with runners in scoring position, but it's still early and our kids work hard. They have high character and baseball IQs. They'll find a way to fix that together as the season goes on."
The Wildcats are now 3-1 on the season and are scheduled to take on Breckinridge at home on March 29th.