Cardiac ‘Cats: Wildcats come back on Tigers, bash ReeltownPublished 11:43am Tuesday, March 5, 2013
By Ed Bailey
The Field of Dreams tournament was a fruitful one for the Benjamin Russell Wildcats as they went 4-0 and took first place.
They did not make it any easier on themselves, having to come from behind versus Tallassee to defeat the Tigers 11-7.
In their final game, the Wildcats took it to Reeltown, leaving them reeling after an 11-1 victory that went only five innings. The Wildcats are now 7-2 on the year.
The bats came alive in BRHS’ final two contests, as they collected 17 hits against Tallassee and nine against Reeltown.
“What I really like is that we’ve learned we can come from behind,” BRHS head baseball coach Richy Brooks said. “We’ve done it three or four times this season. We’re getting clutch hits from different places. That’s a good thing. I tell the kids that not every day is their day, but they’ve got to pick it up when someone else doesn’t. That’s the meaning of a team.”
Blake McClellan had four hits, two in each contest.
Sean Rape and Caleb Brooks were instrumental in the Tallassee win with both getting three RBIs. Zac Rogers had three inning-leadoff hits.
McClellan and Marquis Odem drove in two runs against Reeltown.
Brooks said he likes where the team is heading and is pleased with the pitching so far.
“We’ve got a deep staff,” Brooks said. “Our pitching has been good enough to beat people. We’re doing a fantastic job of not walking many people. If we keep improving, we’ll be alright.”
Next for BRHS is a home game today against Beauregard at 5 p.m., pending weather.