April 24, 2014

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Wildcats split a pair of nine inning decisions

Tyler Daugherty holds the Bullitt Central runner close at first base. The Wildcats would lose the 9-inning game 6-3 but Tyler would pitch a 9-inning complete game victory vs Pulaski County on Friday.  He would drive in the winning run when he was hit-by-pitch with bases loaded.

High School baseball games are scheduled to last seven innings.  A good portion of them only last five when one team takes a double-digit lead and the team short games their opponent.  Not often does the game match the length of a major league baseball game and even less often does one pitcher go the whole way to get the victory.

Friday in Somerset, junior Tyler Daugherty led his Wildcats and accomplished just that as he went the entire way for the 3-2, nine inning victory.

He also “took one for the team” at the plate as his ninth inning HBP, hit by pitch, with the bases loaded drove in the winning run.  Senior Evan Spicer and freshmen Mack Ramsey drove in the other two runs that led to extra innings.

Earlier in the week, the Cats had to go nine innings against Bullitt Central but didn’t fare as well as the Cougars scored three in the ninth to hand the Cats the 6-3 defeat. A key play in the three-run ninth was a diving, rolling catch of a fly ball made by Junior Austin Pyles. Unfortunately, the umpire missed the catch and thought Austin had short hopped the ball. A great effort and a tough call to make.

Austin’s throw went into the dugout allowing two runs to score.  Austin gets credited for the catch and he easily doubles the runner off second to end the inning with no runs scored.

Senior Brent Jacob had his stamp on the three Cats runs.  First inning, he singled, moved to second on Evan’s walk and scored on sophomore Seth Courtney’s single.

Third inning, senior Dustin Wanner doubled and scored on Brent’s single. And in the fifth, Brent singled, stole secnd, and moved to third on an error.  After two walks loaded the bases, a third walk to Mack forced Brent across the plate.

In other action, the Cats battled hard against a tough Bourbon County team but fell 7-3.  Dustin drove in Austin and Mack in the fourth inning and after an Evan Spicer walk, pinch runner Jacob Partin came around to score on a passed ball.

The Cats struggled defensively against Whitley County allowing four unearned runs in the 5-2 loss.

PC stands with an 8-7 record which is fifth in the 10th Region.

The JV played four times and went 0-3-1. They lost to Bourbon County and Bullitt Central to start the week, tied Whitley County when the home team scored three times in the bottom of the fifth and then dropped a 4-0 decision to Pulaski County on Friday. They stand with a 5-4-1 record.

It’s a busy week for the JV and Varsity.  They were scheduled to play a V/JV DH vs a tough Walton Verona team last night but with rain predicted the status of that game was not available at press time. Walton’s 13-7 record has them second in the 8th Region.

They host bitter district rival Nicholas County in a V/JV doubleheader on Tuesday. The Cats beat Nicholas County in the 38th District Tournament in 2006, the first year of the present 38th District setup.  But Nicholas County has knocked Pendleton out of the district tournament each year since. A five year run.

The Cats host Mason County on Wednesday who stand 9-7 with impressive wins over Montgomery County and Bracken County twice. Mason County and Nicholas County fought to an 8-8 tie in their matchup earlier this season.

The JV/Freshmen Cats are in action as they travel to Carlisle for a doubleheader on Thursday.  They want to set a tone for the future years that Nicholas County’s district tournament reign is no more!

The Cats finish the week off hosting Villa Madonna in a doubleheader on Saturday with first pitch at noon behind the high school.

Lots of good baseball action this week from the PC Wildcats. Come out and support them.

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