A seventh inning rally to tie was not quite enough for the Hobbton Wildcat sluggers to get by Spring Creek Tuesday evening. The Gators got the 9-7 win in 8 innings. The last 2 Wildcat outings have been extra inning games. At Rosewood last week, the game went 12 innings before Rosewood finally won.
The Wildcats jumped out to a 3-0 lead early on; however, the Gators had a big 4th inning to go up 5-3. In the top of the 7th they would pick up 2 more runs for a 7-3 lead. In the bottom of the frame, hits by Jackson McLamb, Hunter Britt, Brandon Rogers and Daniel Villagomez tied the score at 7.
In the top of the 8th, the Wildcat made a pitching change relieving McLamb who had pitched up until that point. The Gators picked up 2 runs as the Wildcats pitched to different pitchers. The bases loaded up with walks and the Gators got 2 in. The Wildcats couldn’t get anything going with the bottom of the batting order.
Brandon Rogers went 2 for 5, Villagomez was 2 for 5 with 2 runs scored, Britt was 2 for 5 with 2 runs scored, McLamb was 2 for 5, Justin Adkins was 3 for 4 with 1 run scored, Greg Herring was 2 for 4, Gage Herring scored 1 and McLamb scored 1.
“All I can say is the last 2 games have been absolutely amazing games. I give credit to Spring Creek for the hard work they gave from the very 1st inning to the end of the game,” said Wildcat coach Chris Carroll. “It was a very competitive, thrilling game. We played hard. There are a few things we’ve got to work on but we’re going to work on those in practice. We are going to come back stronger,” he continued.
When asked about the 7th inning rally, he said, “Our top half middle line up really came through. I want to give credit to Brandon Rogers, Daniel Villagomez, Gage Herring, Hunter Britt and Jackson McLamb. Those guys really got us going in the 7th inning allowing us to keep on going. The rest of the line up just fed on that energy. There was an energy here tonight and it was a great game.”
The Wildcats travel to Princeton Thursday for the next game. Game time is 6:30.