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Losses to Kenny, NF Christian Verot in UNF tourney

Waddell on the mound.Last week was one the Wildcat baseball team would like to forget.

The Cats lost a close one to district foe Bishop Kenny and then dropped games against state powers North Florida Christian and Bishop Verot in the UNF Tournament of Champions. They bounced back a little in their final game of the tourney, beating Eagle’s View.

The week started badly with a 2-1 district loss to Kenny as the Crusaders took advantage of some breaks at home on Thursday, March 15.

Chris Waddell threw five innings and Brad Stone came in for the sixth inning.

“We just didn’t execute enough to win the game,” said Coach Fred Matricardi. “We had chances but couldn’t get that big hit.”

The Cats came out on Friday with a hangover from the Kenny game and it showed as they lost to North Florida Christian 8-3. BCHS gave up five runs in the second inning and that proved to be the difference.

“We made a couple of uncharacteristic mistakes and came out a little flat after the Kenny game,” commented Matricardi.

Hunter Hanks led the offense, going 3 for 4.


On Saturday the Wildcats played a double header in the UNF tournament, losing to Bishop Verot of Fort Myers 10-3 and beating Eagle’s View 7-2.

Bishop Verot scored eight in the first inning and that was the difference as the Cats were unable to scratch back into the game. Verot was the eventual winner of the tournament.

“We played much better but sometimes a team can hit and there isn’t anything you can do about it,” said Matricardi. “We battled back and swung the bats well. Ethan Wilkerson and John Lambright had two hits each.”

Jacob Milton threw a complete game to get his third win of the season versus Eagles View.

“We needed him to go deep because our pitching was getting thin and he responded well,” praised Matricardi.

Brandon Miller and Hunter Hanks had two hits apiece to lead the offensive attack.

“This tournament was good for us to see where we’re at with some of the best teams in the state,” said the coach. “We played two defending state champs (North Florida and Bishop Verot) and if you take one inning away in each game we’re right there. I think this will help us down the road.”

The Cats host Bradford County on Thursday, March 22 at 6:30 pm.

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