The Whiteoak baseball team (6-11) put up five runs in the second inning on Monday night against Symmes Valley High School (13-2) at the VA Memorial Stadium. After those five runs, the Wildcats were unable to get anymore runners across the plate and lost to their opponents 11-5.
Symmes Valley scored first in the game, putting up five runs in the top of the first inning. The Wildcats were unable to answer in the bottom of the first, but held Vikings at five runs in the top of the second. In the bottom of the second inning, the Whiteoak squad was able to get going and answered with five of their own runs to even the score at 5-5. Unfortunately for the Wildcats, those five runs were the only offense they could muster. The Vikings scored four more runs in the third inning and one run in both the fifth and the sixth inning to cap off their scoring at 11 runs.
Justin Emery was the starting pitcher for Whiteoak and was only able to go 2/3 of an inning, giving up one hit and five earned runs, while walking five. Andrew Herzog came in for relief after Emery and was the losing pitcher. He gave up five runs, none of them earned, on seven hits, three walks and one strikeout. Stephen Anderson pitched the final two innings for the Wildcats and gave up one run, unearned, on two hits.
Leading the ‘Cats at the plate was Justin Emery, who went 3-for-4 with a double, triple, and an RBI. He also crossed the plate once for his team. Tyler Williams was 2-for-3 with a double and scored once; Spencer Michael was 2-for-4 with an RBI; and Kyle Marler went 1-for-3 and scored once.
The Whiteoak boys will be back in action when they hit the road and travel to Manchester High School to take on the Greyhounds. The game is set to start at 5:00 p.m.
Robert Stegbauer is a staff-reporter for the Times-Gazette. You can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter at RStegbauer