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Bobcats baseball at 3-1

Cameron Jones on the mound.The BCMS Bobcat baseball team stands at 3-1 in its inaugural season with victories over Richardson Middle of Lake City and Lake Butler Middle.

The lone loss was to Suwannee Middle School. Prior to this week’s win over Richardson on March 5, Corey Adams was swinging the big bat for Coach Matt Turner’s B-Cats. Adams was hitting for a .714 average with five hits and four stolen bases.

Chaise Taylor was hitting .571 with four hits including a home run and four runs scored. Will Rhoden was hitting .600 with three hits and five runs scored. Cameron Jones won two games on the mound as starting pitcher.

The squad defeated Richardson for the second time on Tuesday, 7-4, behind a grand slam home run from Preston Sutton. Jordan Van Vactor got the win and Chaise Taylor the save for the B-Cats. The team trailed 4-0 for most of the game but scored all seven runs in the top of the seventh inning.

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Lady Bobcats open with straight shutouts

The BCMS Lady Bobcats softball team opened conference play on February 19 with an impressive 17-0 rout of Richardson Middle School. The game was called after three innings on the mercy rule.

The girls had a much harder time with Suwannee Middle, beating the team in Live Oak 2-0 on February 21. Macy Jackson led the way for the Bobcats with a strong performance on the mound.

“Everyone on defense played phenomenal,” said Coach Jon Mobley. “We were able to muster enough offense against their good defense to score two runs.”

The Bobcats were led by Tori Richardson who went 3 for 4

BCMS beat Callahan 8-1 at home on February 21 behind the outstanding offensive play of Hayleigh Mulkey, who hit a three-run homer to break open the game.

The homers just kept coming for the Bobcats with Jackson and Emma Gipson collecting four baggers.

The Bobcats are 7-0 overall.

“We just have to keep our focus and intensity high if we want to maintain this level of success,” commented Coach Mobley.

The Bobcats host Hilliard on Thursday, February 28, at 4 pm.

Lady Cats on four-game win streak

Callie Paine hits to left field.The Lady Wildcat softball team is in the midst of a four-game win streak and finished the week with a 20-4 win over Fernandina Beach.

Coach Franklin Griffis’ Cats suffered an early season shutout at First Coast, but it only served as a wake up call as they rattled off the next four wins, including three on the road.

Last week opened with a 4-2 victory at Paxon on February 12. The Lady Cats jumped out to an early 1-0 lead when Jennifer Hodges scored. Paxon tied the game in the third but the Cats got the lead right back when Brooke Roberts scored in the top of the fourth.

BCHS extended its lead with insurance runs for Hodges and Brandy Callaway in the seventh. Paxon got a run in its half of the seventh. Mackenzie Wingard got the win.

The girls traveled to Middleburg and took a 5-3 Valentine’s Day victory from the Broncos. The game was back and forth through the first two innings with both teams scoring runs. BCHS got a solo home run from Kylie Holton in the first and Corley Sweat scored in the second.

From then on it was all Lady Wildcats as Wingard, Hodges, and Delicia Washington scored. Wingard got the win.

The Cats got their biggest offensive showing of the season on February 15 at Fernandina with a 20-4 drubbing of the Lady Pirates. Washington scored four times and Callaway, Casey Blue and Ashton Alford touched home three times. Sweat scored twice and Callie Paine, Holton, Branda Jarvis, Peyton Parker and Genie Davis all scored. Corley Sweat got the win for the Lady Cats.

The girls host West Nassau on Friday, February 22 at 6 pm.

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Cats clinch two pre-seasoners

Pitcher Jacob Milton.The Wildcat baseball team tuned up for the start of the regular season with a pair of pre-season wins this past week. The Cats defeated Bishop Snyder 16-5 on February 5 and Eagles View 3-1 on February 7 at their home field.

Jacob Milton pitched three innings for the Cats with Jared Crews and Dylan Hall coming in relief. Ethan Wilkerson had a trio of hits and a pair of RBIs for the Cats. Hunter Bell had two hits and two RBIs and Jacob Milton added a pair of hits.

“Our defense was a little sloppy, as Snyder didn’t have an earned run,” said Coach Fred Matricardi. “We made four errors and that’s not us. I’m sure nerves had something to do with it as we had four guys who have never started a varsity game before.”

Last Thursday the Cats beat Eagle’s View 3-1. Hunter Hanks threw four no-hit innings, striking out seven. Hanks also led the offense at the plate going 3-3 on the afternoon. Hunter Bell added an RBI single.

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