Whiteoak drops two over weekend

By Robert Stegbauer rstegbauer@civitasmedia.com

April 21, 2014

The Whiteoak Wildcats lost two non-conference games over the weekend to South Webster. In game one on Saturday, the Wildcats scored in four of their seven innings, but Webster’s five-run fifth catapulted them to a 10-6 victory. In game two, Whiteoak was able to produce six runs in the third and add another two in the fourth, but were unable to get anything going in the other innings. They kept the game tied and forced an extra inning, but South Webster scored one run in the eighth, winning the game 9-8. The Wildcats are now 4-9 on the season with the loss and South Webster improves to 8-4.

Jason Jones had an outstanding day at the plate, able to capitalize on seven of his nine at-bats. He also had six RBI’s, scored four times, and was able to get a double.

“Jason Jones had a monster day at the plate in both game,” Head coach Chris Veidt said after the weekend series. “Steven Anderson had a great day in relief, going 5 2/3 innings and allowing no earned runs. Giving them the big fifth inning was the difference in the first game, but we made an impressive comeback and had the tying run on-deck in the bottom of the seventh.”

“Andrew Herzog had a quality relief apperance in game two when we desperately needed it,” Veidt continued about his team in game two. “A solid comeback against a quality opponent there in game two and 29 hits in a day is nice to see. We are just one clutch hit away from breaking out of our recent funk. This was our second extra inning game already this year. You can’t substitute the situations that arise in close contests like that. I think it will pay dividends in the near future.”

Game 1:

Justin Emery was 1-for-2; Spencer Michael was 2-for-2 and scored twice; Nick Wardlow was 1-for-4; Tyler Williams was 2-for-4 with a double, triple and scored twice; Jason Jones went a perfect 4-for-4 at the plate with three RBI’s, a double, and scored twice; Steven Meyers was 1-for-2; Kyle Adams was 1-for-4 with an RBI; Jacob Burns was 2-for-4.

Tyler Williams was the losing picture for the Wildcats. He went 4 2/3 innings with 10 runs (five earned) on six hits, six walks and four strikeouts. Stephen Anderson was in relief in game one. He pitched 2 1/3 innings and gave up nothing.

Game two:

Justin Emery went 1-for-4 and scored once; Spencer Michael was 3-for-4 with a double, two RBI’s, and scored once; Nick Wardlow was 1-for-4 with a double and crossed the plate one time; Tyler Williams was 1-for-4 and scored twice; Jason Jones went 3-for-5 with three RBI’s and scored twice; Kyle Adams was 2-for-4 with a double, an RBI and scored; Jacob Burns was 3-for-4 at the plate with two RBI’s; and Steven Meyers went 1-for-3.

The Wildcats had a trio of pitchers on the mound for the game. Starting was Justin Emery who went three innings, gave up seven runs, three earned, giving up five hits, while walking six and striking out three. Andrew Herzog was middle relief for the Whiteoak staff and went two innings, gave up one earned run on three hits. Stephen Anderson pitched the final three innings and gave up one unearned run on two hits.

The Wildcats are back in action Tuesday, April 22d when they host Southern Hills Athletic Conference opponent Ripley.

Robert Stegbauer is a staff-reporter at the Times-Gazette and you can email him at rstegbauer@civitasmedia.com or follow him on Twitter at RStegbauer.