The wins just keep coming.
The JV Gilmer High School Bobcats reached the halfway point of the season a 9-0 team, after overcoming its toughest test to date last Friday at GHS, the White County Warriors.
The heavyweight battle ended with an 11-9 victory for Gilmer.
It took until the top of the third for any offense to be generated by either side and the blows came from White County, in the form of a six-run frame.
With one out and the bases loaded, Jordan Palmer drew a walk that scored Ty Ulrich. A flyout from Austin Payne to left field then scored Wyatt Sievekind, before an infield single from Weston Bray allowed Colby West to run the White County lead up to 3-0.
After Sawyer Loggins was pegged by a pitch, Chase Hicks singled to score both courtesy runner Ethan Abernathy and Loggins. Nash Vandiver widened the Warriors lead to 6-0 with a double that scored Hicks, before Gilmer reliever Bradley Thomas induced a groundout to stop the bleeding.
GHS responded to the deficit in huge fashion in the bottom portion of the third. With one out, a double from Hunter Bowyer and a single from Jonas Griggs, a throwing error scored Bowyer. Eric Turner was plunked to load the bases, before Eric Turner smacked a double that scored Griggs and Tyler Woody. Sam Nicholson followed with a double of his own that cut the White County lead down to 6-5. However, a strikeout and groundout prevented Gilmer from tying the game.
The Cats made the best of its next offensive opportunity, by pouncing for five more runs in the bottom of the fourth. A throwing error and two walks loaded the bases to begin the inning, before Griggs drew a walk that scored Bradley Thomas and tied the game. Woody then singled to score Evan Frady and put Gilmer out front, 7-6.
Koby Allen followed with a double that plated Bowyer and Griggs. A wild pitch then gave courtesy runner Tripp Pierce the opportunity to sprint home and extend the Gilmer lead to 10-6. A fielder’s choice and groundout kept the Bobcats from further widening their lead.
The Bobcats added one more run in the bottom of the sixth. With two outs and the bases loaded, a throwing error gave Griggs the chance to score and give Gilmer an 11-6 advantage. A strikeout quickly dampened the Cats hopes of piling on more insurance.
White County made a valiant comeback attempt with its final three outs. A pair of walks with one out came back to haunt reliever Pierce, as a triple from Payne scored West and Palmer. A wild pitch then brought Payne home, to cut the Gilmer lead down to 11-9. However, Pierce settled down and garnered a strikeout and flyout to stop the Warriors comeback attempt and give the Bobcats the victory.
After the game, JV Gilmer coach Eric Tedders gave his team credit where it was due.
“It’s hard to have anything to say about it,” Tedders said. “But the guys do really well under pressure. We’ve had a lot of teams in the past that could not (do well under pressure). They’d cave in. I hope it doesn’t get like that all the time. It’s just one of those things.”
Despite the JV Cats sitting at 9-0 for the year, Tedders insists the mindset of the team remains focused on a game-by-game basis.
“We’re 0-0,” Tedders stated. “That’s something the guys are really buying into. They understand that every night, we start 0-0. Our goal is to be 1-0 after every game. We’re going to keep that mentality and not get complacent.”
The JV Bobcats will host Dawson tomorrow. First pitch is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.
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