‘Cats down AuburnPublished 2:05pm Friday, March 14, 2014
When you are able to get quality outings on the mound from game to game as Benjamin Russell has, chances are that you’re going to have a pretty decent record.
For the Wildcats, that record stands at 10-4 following a 2-1 defeat of Auburn High School this past Tuesday.
“We pitched really well,” said BRHS baseball coach Richy Brooks. “We put four guys out there, and I told them before the game that they’d have no more than two innings to work with. Every guy we put out there threw well.”
Sean Rape, Daniel Whatley, Nathan Mitchell and Zac Rogers combined to strike out 12 batters and take a combined no-hitter into the top of the seventh inning. At that point, the Wildcats were leading 2-0 and facing the possibility of coughing up another late-game lead. Auburn eventually scored a run thanks to some defensive misplays, but Mitchell was able to settle down and get out of the predicament.
“That was the only time Auburn got a runner to second base,” Brooks said. “We got out of a jam for once, instead of letting it get us, and that was a big step for us.”
The Wildcats needed every bit of that pitching, as the offense was largely quiet.
However, Caleb Brooks delivered for BRHS, going 2-for-2 with an RBI. Marquis Odem picked up the other RBI, and Seth Hend and Austin Moncus each scored a run.
“We didn’t swing the bats as well as we hoped,” Brooks said. “But sometimes that’s the way you have to win.”
Looking ahead for the Wildcats are two double-headers: one on Friday versus Etowah and another on Saturday when BRHS faces Fort Payne and Mountain Brook.
With area play starting next week, Brooks said the weekend games will be another chance for BRHS to reach into pitching depth in attempts to get all of their arms some innings before the games take on greater meaning.
“We’ve got a lot of quality guys, and it’s a good problem to have,” Brooks said. “We’ve got four games so we plan to run a bunch of them out there, so all hands will be on deck. The problem is that their work gets so spaced out and they go a while between innings. But it’s a good problem to have.”
BRHS’ first game against Etowah starts at 1 p.m.