‘Cats annihilate Rebels, 20-1Published 10:20am Monday, March 3, 2014
“It got ugly.”
That’s how Benjamin Russell baseball coach Richy Brooks described the Wildcats 20-1 destruction of the Reeltown Rebels during the Field of Dreams Tournament.
BRHS pounded out 16 hits in the win, and scored 12 runs in the top of the seventh inning to emphatically secure the victory.
“We had a really good close to the end of the game,” Brooks said. “We pulled away from them, scoring 16 unanswered runs. They just couldn’t get us out. We hit the ball extremely well.”
After both teams put up goose eggs through the first two innings, the Wildcats’ sticks woke up, putting four runs up in the top of the third.
The Rebels responded when Cody Spivey was able to get Zac Giddens across the plate, making the game 4-1.
From there, it was all Benjamin Russell. The Wildcats put two runs on the board in the fourth and sixth innings before their seventh inning explosion.
“Everyone got a chance to play, and not every day is like that,” Brooks said. “It is what it is.”
The Wildcats’ record improved to 5-3. While the offense just turned in a banner day, Brooks said the team has not clicked consistently on that end.
He added that limited time to fine-tune the hitting has played a part in it as the team is bringing the bats to life via trial by fire, but the potential is there for BRHS to field a powerful offense.
“It’s still a work in progress,” Brooks said. “And all we want to see is progress. If we keep working at it, I think we have the ability to be a good offensive team that can score runs. We’ve been working to get there, and there’s been a couple drawbacks. But we’ve played just as many games as we have had practices, and that goes for all teams. Our kids are learning the fundamentals and honing their skills. We just have to be patient.”
Additionally, Brooks said he wants to see one of the team’s more potent units get more in-game experience on the mound.
“We’ve had nine pitchers get some work during this tournament,” he said. “Right now, we’re not getting enough people work, and that’s a good problem to have.”
Griffin Keel picked up the win for the Wildcats, striking out two and allowing no hits in two innings of work.
Four pitchers in total saw the mound for the Wildcats. Caleb Brooks struck out four batters, Marquis Odem pitched two innings of shutout ball, and Daniel Whatley earned the save, fanning two batters in the final frame.
Offensively, Bryant Horn led the way with five RBIs on 4-for-5 batting and three runs scored.
Sean Rape drove in three runners, Odem scored two runs and collected three RBIs as well.
Nathan Mitchell, Daniel Whatley, Zac Rogers, D.J. Jackson, Whit Green and Carter Loyd each had one RBI.
Loyd was 3-for-4 on the day with three runs scored. Rogers scored two runs, and Green was 2-for-2 with two runs scored.
The Outlook will have more results from the Field of Dreams Tournament, which concludes this weekend, when available.