By Gabrielle Ledbetter
New London Sportswritter
Wildcats hosted the Western Reserve Roughriders. The New London Wildcats defeated the Roughriders 8-7 with a walk off run by Karson Howell in a complete downpour. This win is the Wildcats fifth win in a row. Coach David Gentry commented, “The Western team that showed up tonight was a new and improved team. It took all seven innings to win. Wyatt Shockley pitched an absolute gem of a game. It was a great game, both teams played tough through the rain.”
Shockley had six strikeouts. Peyton Wilson, Kevin Fridenstine, Logan Girton, and Eric Case each scored a run for the cats.
Coach Gentry mentioned, “In the bottom of the seventh, Case got walked. A game tying triple from Colin Cole created momentum for the top of the lineup to win the game. Wilson smashed a double with two outs, Fridenstine was intentionally walked, and Matt Jarvis battled during his six-pitch at-bat and was ultimately HBP. Finally, Howell earned his lone hit of the game in dramatic fashion as he singled to right field to drive Wilson in for the winning run”
Girton stated, “It was a very tight game till the end, but overall we outmatched Western. Our defense was the best part of that game. Wyatt pitched a gem. Western’s pitching was good and it forced us to leave too many people on base, but late in the game we all stepped up. Especially Karson, to win the game with a walk off hit.”
Wilson remarked, “The Western game went pretty well. We won on a walk off single by Karson. Our defense was very good throughout the entire game; we were locked in and focused. We had a couple men step up big and get us out of innings. Chase Keathley had a big momentum throw for us to get out of the inning, and Eric Case really stepped up and played well defensively at first base for us. Our offense was a little shaky considering it was the second time we faced the kid, but I thought we did fairly well. The seventh inning was our inning though. Case was walked and then Cole smoked a ball into the gap that scored Case in to tie up the game. We got the bases loaded by a double, intentional walk, and a hit by pitch to give Karson the chance for a walk-off winner. He did just that and had a very good at bat to win us the game.”
Girton added, “We are very confident with how our team is pitching and playing during our winning streak. I believe that we can win out this week if we keep playing how we have.”
“We have a tougher schedule this week, but we will be up and ready for the challenges. We are on a winning streak and we don’t want to lose it going into tournaments. We are going to come out ready for every single game this week, giving us the best possible chance to win.” Wilson added.
The Wildcats will travel to Seneca East High School Friday, May 10 and the junior varsity will host Seneca East. Both games will begin at 5:00 p.m.