Prep baseball: Wildcats beat Tartans 9-2 in sectional opener
WATERFORD – All it takes for some baseball teams to get on a roll is having two or three hitters on hot streaks at the same time.
When the entire lineup is clicking at the same time, that team is going to be very hard to beat.
Such was the case Saturday as every single hitter in the Waterford lineup collected at least one hit as the Wildcats opened sectional tournament play with a 9-2 victory over the visiting Portsmouth Sciotoville Tartans.
The Wildcats collected a dozen base hits and sophomore right hander Devin Farley was equally impressive on the mound as the green and white cruised to the victory and punched their tickets to the sectional championship game Tuesday.
“We wanted our kids to go up there and be aggressive and they were today,” said Wildcat head coach Chad Augenstein. “I like our lineup from top to bottom and we are a very solid team when everyone swings the bats like today.”
The Tartans got a double from Kia Brown to lead off the game and then played small ball as Shain Seibert grounded out to second to move Brown to third where he scored on another groundout by Drew Lowe.
The Wildcats wasted little time putting a crooked number on the scoreboard themselves as they scored a pair of runs in the last of the first to take a 2-1 lead.
Catcher Isaac Huffman and second baseman Brent Ginther got things started with back-to-back singles and one out later Clay Hayes reached base on an error to load the bases.
Mitch Ginther then forced Huffman out at home after grounding out to third, but sophomore Cameron Bosner came through in a big way with a big two-out basehit to score two runs.
“We always say that it is important to win every inning,” said Augenstein. “Cameron came up and put a nice swing on the ball and came up with a little two-out lightning.”
Farley took full advantage of the lead as he retired the next 16 Tartan hitters in a row.
Waterford began to increase its lead in the third as they sent eight hitters to the plate, scoring four times to take a 6-1 lead.
Back-to-back doubles by Cody Paxton and Mitch Ginther plated the first run and Bosner delivered his second RBI hit of the game to score Ginther.
Dalton Ball singled and freshman Riley Burns capped the inning with solid two-out single up the middle that scored two more Wildcat runs.
Farley helped himself by delivering a run-scoring single in the last of the fifth to make it 7-1.
After the first, Farley was perfect until Sciotoville got back-to-back singles by Deshawn Martin and Brown with one out in the sixth.
Seifert’s fly ball to center field scored Martin with the second Tartan run of the game.
Waterford got that run back and one to boot in the last of the sixth on an RBI single by Hayes and an infield ground out by Bosner that produced his fourth RBI of the game.
Farley got right back on track in the final inning as retired PS in order to wrap up the second win in as many nights for Waterford.
Farley allowed just three hits and two earned runs in the complete victory while walking none and fanning nine.
“Once Devin (Farley) found his rhythm he was really on the top of his game,” said Augenstein. “He was really ready to go and did a great job.”
Bosner collected three hits to go along with the four RBI’s, while Paxton collected a pair of hits for WHS.
The Wildcats improved to 8-10 on the season with the win and will now advance to a sectional championship game Tuesday evening at Southern.
Portsmouth Sciotoville’s season came to an end with a 2-15 record.