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Wildcats baseball opens season with three wins

Dillon Jones pitching.The Wildcat baseball team defeated Orange Park 6-2 on February 13 as freshmen Jacob Milton pitch­­ed four and a half innings and earned his first varsity win.

Milton didn’t give up an earned run in his time on the mound.

John Lambright led the attack with three hits, Ethan Wilkerson and Chris Waddell each added two run doubles, and Hunter Bell added an RBI single.

The boys swung their way to an encouraging season start last week with a pair of home wins over Middleburg and Clay County.

Jacob Milton got the 10-6 win against the Broncos on February 7, throwing three innings of scoreless baseball. Dillon Jones, Jared Crews and Hunter Hanks finished up on the mound. Offensively, Hanks, Kyle Horne and Chris Waddell all had RBI singles.


Austin Rowe watches to steal second.Hanks started and threw four innings against the Blue Devils with Crews and Brandon Miller finishing the game. Offensively, Waddell led the Cats with a trio of hits and the same number of RBI’s.

The Cats trailed 4-2 going into the seventh inning when Austin Rowe drew a one-out walk. Hunter Bell also walked and Waddell stepped up to the plate with runners on second and third with two outs. After fouling off a couple of pitches he blasted a triple to right center, tying the game. Ethan Wilkerson singled to drive in Waddell for the walk-off win.

The boys defeated Clay County February 9 5-4 to start the season.

The Cats face Ridgeview at home on Wednesday, February 15 at 6 pm and then head to Fleming Island on Friday, February 18 for a 3:30 pm game.

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