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‘Cats lose to Valley: BRHS loses fifth straight game overall

Published 12:06pm Saturday, March 23, 2013

By Ed Bailey

With the Lake Martin Classic looming, the Benjamin Russell Wildcats are far from the form they’d like to be on as they head into the week-long tournament.
After being shutout 5-0 by Valley High School at Doc Jordan Field on Friday, Benjamin Russell baseball has lost five straight games and are barely treading above .500 with a 11-10 record.
The loss completed a three-game sweep for the Rams, who  the Wildcats dropped two games to this past Thursday during a road double-header.
In particular, the Wildcats are struggling to put the bat on the ball, particularly in scoring situations.
Dating back to a their setbacks against Dadeville, the Wildcats have been out-scored by a combined 34-7.

BRHS 0, Valley 5 (Friday)
Caleb Brooks delivered a single in the bottom of the first inning for the Wildcats.
That was where their offense began and ended, as no other BRHS player could put the bat on the ball.
The Wildcats were able to limit the Rams for much of the contest, but the game was blown open by a three-run triple from Valley’s Justiss Blake, capping off a third inning where the Rams score all of their runs.
Zac Rogers took the loss for BRHS.
He pitched six innings, giving up those five runs and seven hits. He struck out two.
BRHS was shut down by the Rams’ Matt Foster, who threw a complete game one-hitter. He struck out nine batters.

BRHS 0, Valley 6 (Game two, Thursday)
The Wildcats could only muster three hits against Valley and their defense didn’t help their cause, as the team committed three hits in a 6-0 loss.
Craig Crouch was charged with the loss, as he gave up four hits and five runs in five innings of work. Two of the Rams’ runs were unearned.
Crouch stuck out four batters in his outing.
Marquis Odem, Blake McClellan and Seth Hendon each collected a hit for BRHS.

BRHS 4, Valley 7 (Game one, Thursday)
Despite getting 10 hits, the Wildcats were unable to produce enough runs as they fell to the Rams.
Braxton Pitts was charged with the loss, as he was credited with five runs. Only one of those runs were earned for Valley, as BRHS committed five errors in the game.
Valley jumped out ahead early, doing their scoring in the first four innings.
The ‘Cats scored one run in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings.
Bryant Horn, McClellan and Hendon had the RBIs for BRHS.