It only took a few hits tied together to keep the Whiteoak Wildcats from pulling the upset on no. 1 seeded Trimble Saturday night. In the bottom of the sixth inning, Trimble was able to string together a few hits and come back from down 3-1 and take the lead 5-3 which was the final score of the game.
The Wildcats drew first blood in the game to start out, notching a run in the very first at-bat. The inning started with the first two batters getting out, then with the two outs, Trevor Martin drew a walk and was batted in on a single from Chase Carraher in the next at-bat to give the Whiteoak boys the 1-0 lead.
Trimble was able to answer in the bottom of the second inning to tie the score 1-1.
The Wildcats added runs in the fourth and sixth innings to jump out to a 3-1 lead and all the while, their defense was holding Trimble at bay. Starting pitcher Jacob Burns, allowed just three total hits going into the sixth inning, keeping the Trimble offense off balanced and letting his defense work behind him.
In the bottom of the sixth inning, Trimble was finally able to get some good swings off against Whiteoak and strung together four hits that would give them four runs and take the lead. The inning started off with back-to-back singles, followed by a two RBI double to tie the score at 3-3. The next batter up hit a ball deep into the gap in the outfield and was able to hustle all the way around the bases for an inside the park home run and two more runs scored giving Trimble the 5-3 lead and ultimately the win.
“That’s baseball and it happens a lot,” said Whiteoak Head Coach Chris Veidt after the game on the sixth inning. “A lot of times, the team that wins scores more runs in one inning than the team they defeat did the entire game. We played well though. We played fairly solid defense and got a great pitched game. I thought we had some great at-bats tonight and we took the seventh ranked team in the state to the limit. Minus basically two hits, i feel like we out-played them. I think I’d rather be on the other side of things being out-played and winning at this time of the year, but I’m proud of the kids and I’m proud of their effort.
“This team came so far, in two ways for me, since day one. One, we grew so much as baseball players and got so much better being so young. The leadership we had from Austin Lewis and Kyle Marler and Jacob Burns, they turned into leaders and the younger kids turned into baseball players. Our unity together and how we formed a brotherhood was fantastic. We showed up here tonight expecting to win and almost pulled off an upset.
“It’s tough but it was a great season. We won 16 games and will have almost everyone back. There’s some guys that will obviously be hard to replace but these kids work hard in the weight room and work hard in summer ball and keep believing and working hard, we’ll be back.”
At the plate, Trevor Martin led the Wildcats with two hits on the night including a double. Kyle Marler, Chase Carraher, and Traeten Hamilton all tallied one hit each.
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