The Wildcat Baseball and Softball teams competed in their respective Lower State Title series’ on Saturday and both suffered disappointing losses.
The day started at River Bluff on the baseball field in the winners bracket. Both the Cats and Gators won their opening games on Thursday, Lexington downing Wando and River Bluff defeating Dutch Fork.
Noah Huthmaker led off the game with a triple and scored 2 batters later when Jared Kirven singled. The 1-0 lead held up until the bottom of the 6th when the Gators took advantage of 4 walks and 2 singles to post 4 runs. Lexington starter Nathan Roof ran into control problems, walking Alex Urban and Jackson Hannon. After a pop out to shortstop, Gator pitcher Hunter Garris singled to right, loading the bases. Ty Watts came in for the Cats in relief of Roof, only to walk the next 2 batters, Noah Lebron and Cam Ferrell, giving the Gators their first lead of the afternoon. Grey Burnett singled to center, scoring 2 and widening the margin to 4-1. Lexington was unable to answer and now must win 3 straight games to advance to the 5A state finals. They will host Wando in an elimination game Monday at 7:00.
Hunter Garris earned the win, pitching 6 innings and allowing just 1 run on 8 Wildcat hits. Ricky Williams pitched the 7th inning and was credited with a save. The loss went to Nathan Roof who pitched well through 5 innings before taking the rap for 3 of the 4 Gator runs in the 6th inning.
Lady Wildcat Softball began Lower State play at Ashley Ridge on Saturday at 4:00. Jaci Fleming led off the game with a single to right. The Cats would not get another hit or base runner until 2 were out in 4th inning as the game became a pitchers duel. With 1 out in the 5th inning, Skyler Logsdon singled but was stranded at first base. The 4th and final Wildcat hit came off the bat of Sara Gordon, but she got no further than second base.
Ashley Ridge had similar troubles against the pitching of Allie Light. They swatted 2 singles in the 2nd inning, a single in the 4th, and a double in the 5th but were unable to manufacture a run. The game would be decided in the home half of the 6th inning when the Swamp Foxes scored twice on a single and 2 Lexington errors.
The Lady Wildcats will return home for an elimination matchup on Monday with Summerville who were no-hit by White Knoll.