Whiteoak High School hosted the Fairfield High School baseball and softball teams on Thursday for Southern Hills Athletic Conference games. The Wildcats won in the boys game by a final score of 7-2. Meanwhile the Lady Wildcats, like many other SHAC teams, fell to the Lady Lions by a score of 10-0.
On the baseball side of things the Lions came out of the gates raring to go. Second baseman Setty reached base in the top of the first on an error. Setty went on to score on a sacrifice by the center-fielder Walker to give the Lions an early 1-0 lead.
In the bottom of the first inning the Wildcats roared out of the gates. Traeten Hamilton got things started when he was hit by a pitch and subsequently stole second base to put himself in scoring position. Chase Butler followed up with a single to advance Hamilton to third. Trever Yeager, batting third, stepped in and launched a massive double to the left field wall to score Hamilton and Butler, Yeager went on to score on a passed ball to bring the score to 3-1 after one inning.
After a quiet second inning for both teams, the Lions were able to score a run in the top of the third, thanks to two stolen bases by Setty and a sacrifice fly ball by the starting pitcher Ayers. That would be all the Lions could muster on this night.
After going down one, two, three in the bottom of the third the Wildcats were able to plate one run in the bottom of the fourth inning. Brandon Lowe was walked to lead off the inning. Evan Brill was able to capitalize on the situation by drilling a double to advance Lowe to third base. Lowe went on to score on a passed ball when he slid in under the catchers tag.
The bottom of the fifth inning saw the Wildcats hang three more runs on the Lions, but they were not needed.
The defense for the Wildcats was stout all night, always making the right play at the right time.
Butler registered the win for the Wildcats pitching a complete game while only allowing two runs.
In softball the Lady Lions started slow in the top of the first inning when the two, three, and four batters were unable to capitalize on the lead-off hit by Sherry Heckathorn.
The top of the second inning was a different story. The Lady Lions batted around in the inning and scored five runs. Essentially putting the game out of reach for the struggling Lady Wildcats.
The third and fourth innings saw the Lady Lions go down with out much resistance. However, the fifth inning was a different story as the Lady Lions put five more runs on the board, for a 10-0 lead. The Lady Wildcats were unable to muster a comeback and the game ended in five innings.
Kaiti White, the starting pitcher for the Lady Lions, improved to 13-1 on the season and registered her eighth shutout of the season.
With three game left on the league schedule the Lady Lions are harboring a 29 game winning streak against SHAC opponents.
The Wildcats are scheduled to play Clay on Friday at VA Stadium in Chillicothe. The Lady Wildcats are scheduled to play Georgetown Friday night at home.
The Lions will get the weekend off and both teams will be back in action Monday against the league rival Ripley Blue Jays.
Reach Ryan Applegate at 937-402-2572, or Twitter @RCApplegate89.
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