Wildcats no. 2 in class A power rankings

Published 1:00 pm Friday, April 24, 2015

ELLAVILLE – The Schley County Wildcats extended their winning streak to nine games this week with an 8-1 win over the St. Anne-Pacelli Vikings on April 21 followed by an 11-2 victory over the Brookstone Cougars on April 22. With the wins, the Wildcats improve to 9-1 in region 4-A and 15-3 overall. With the Wildcats’ impressive season record, the team has been named number two in state class A power rankings, second only to Treutlen in the public school division.

Schley’s boys came out swinging in the April 21 region match, pushing six runners across the plate in the bottom of the first. The Wildcats held a 6-0 lead until the top of the third, when the Vikings narrowed the gap to 6-1. The Wildcats put an additional pair of runs on the board in the bottom of the next frame to bring their lead to 8-1, where it would stay until the game’s conclusion.

Chase Patrick pitched the first six innings, striking out eight batters before ceding the mound to Will Barry, who gained two strike-outs.

Blake Howell and Clint Sellars paced the Wildcats’ batters, each recording three hits. Patrick contributed two hits to the victory.

Knox Theus and Sellars each brought in two RBIs, while Michael Leeder brought in one.

Schley came out strong again the next afternoon, gaining a two-point lead in the bottom of the first inning. The Wildcats progressively added more runs over the next several innings, taking a 9-0 lead into the top of the sixth.

Brookstone rallied in the top of the sixth frame, pushing two runs across the plate. Upon returning to the dugout, Schley promptly added two more runs to their already substantial lead. A scoreless seventh inning cinched the 11-2 victory for the Wildcats

Brett Usry pitched a complete game, striking out seven opposing batters.

Leeder, Patrick, and Will Barry each contributed two hits to the victory. Usry brought in four RBIs, while Josh Hutchens brought in two.

The Wildcats traveled to Butler on April 23 to face Taylor County. The results of this match were not available at press time.

The team returns to the diamond on April 24 in Hawkinsville, facing the Red Devils.