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Improved hitting garners two straight wins

Brad Stone looks to get the out at first.The Wildcat baseball team split games last week, beating Middleburg, but losing to Ridgeview. The Cats host West Nassau on Thursday, February 23.

The Wildcats got their first loss of the season to Ridgeview on February 15 by a score of 3-1, despite a strong performance on the mound from Dillon Jones.

“Dillon threw well,” said Coach Fred Matricardi. “We just couldn’t get a hit when we needed. We had bases loaded twice with one out and only scored one run. When you strike out 10 times it’s hard to win at any level.”

The Wildcats’ bats heated up a little on Monday, February 20 as they bested Middleburg 7-3. Jacob Milton picked up his second win in relief, throwing 2.2 scoreless innings.

The game was tied 2-2 in the top of the seventh, then the Cats manufactured a five-run inning. Brad Stone got things started with a single that gave the Cats a 3-2 lead.

The Broncos had a defensive lapse, letting the Wildcats on base on an error. Hunter Hanks singled to drive in two base runners.  The Wildcats were led offensively by senior Chris Waddell, a recent signee with FSCJ. Waddell had three hits and Kyle Horne added two more.

“We haven’t been swinging the bats real well and hopefully that seventh inning will get us going. I believe we’re going to hit and sometimes a two out RBI can get a team going,” Matricardi said after the game.

The Cats topped Forrest 10-0 February 21 to push their record to 3-1 on the season. See next week’s print edition for more details.

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