Wildcats dominate Manchester in 12-2 victory

Published 3:47 pm Wednesday, April 10, 2024

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ELLAVILLE – The Schley County Varsity Baseball Team (SCHS) scored five runs in the fourth and five more in the fifth on its way to a 12-2 victory over the Manchester Blue Devils on Tuesday at Wildcat Park.

Jake Little led the Wildcats’ offensive attack by going 2 for 3 at the plate with a triple, an RBI and two runs scored and Julian Salazar went 2 for 4 with a run scored.

The Blue Devils took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first. Brenson Young drove in the first run on an RBI single and Charlie James would later steal home to give the Blue Devils a 2-0 lead.

However, that would be all the run production the Blue Devils could muster, as the Wildcats (18-2) would go to work in the bottom of the fourth. With one out, Salazar doubled to left field and Rylan Conner followed that up with an RBI double, scoring the Wildcats’ first run. Oscar Lloyd then bunted into a fielder’s choice that allowed Conner to score and Trenton Stubbs would later reach on an error that would allow Lloyd to score the go-ahead run, giving the Wildcats a 3-2 lead. Brody Smith then followed that up with a two-run double and SCHS had a 5-2 lead.

In the bottom of the fifth inning, the Wildcats picked up where they left off. Ashton Raybon led off the frame with a double and Salazar singled, putting runners at first and third with nobody out. Conner then drove in Raybon on a sacrifice fly and the Wildcats had a 6-2 lead. Shortly thereafter, Jay Kanazawa drove in another run on an RBI double and Jake Little followed that up with a two-run triple. Little would later score on a wild pitch and the Wildcats were comfortably ahead 10-2.

SCHS would add two more runs in the bottom of the fifth. With a runner on first and nobody out, Salazar reached on an error that would allow a run to score. Then courtesy runner Wyatt James would score the Wildcats’ final run on an error by the Manchester catcher.

Brody Smith got the start on the hill for the Wildcats. In two innings of work, he gave up two runs on a hit, walked two batters and struck out five. Kanazawa came on in relief of Smith and pitched four scoreless innings, giving up a hit with two walks and five strikeouts.