The Fayette County Tiger baseball team got off to an undefeated start in Region 3-AAAAA, but their first true test of the season was Thursday afternoon when they welcomed the Whitewater Wildcats for the first of a three-game series. Head Coach Rusty Bennett saw the Wildcat bats get silenced as they were swept by Starr’s Mill last week and looked to get back on track. With second place in the region still in their grasp, they got another excellent start from pitcher Chase Townsend and scored seven in route to a 7-1 win.
Opposing Townsend on the mound was Fayette County lefthander Zach Scott who kept the Wildcat batters off balance in the early innings and with the help of a great play by his catcher Davis Mokry who tagged out a runner trying to score on a wild-pitch, the game was still scoreless after two. The Wildcats would pounce in the top of the third, after a lead off walk to Dylan Morris and a sharp single and stolen base by Thomas McKenzie, Whitewater had second and third with no outs. Scott got the next batter out on a short fly to right, but Townsend followed with a sharp single that scored Morris and Reid Kasten had a ground out that scored McKenzie, and the Wildcats were up 2-0.
That inning gave the Wildcat hitters the confidence they had been lacking and they scored two more in the fourth and three in the fifth. The top of the order, Morris and McKenzie, drove in back-to-back runs to go up 4-0 and the bottom of the order followed suit as Justin Burdette, Maddox Mueller and Dalton Goodman all had RBI to put the game away in the fifth.
The Tigers got on the board in the bottom of the sixth, Scott lead off with a single and scored on an Ahmad Ali double to left-field. Hopefully, the late inning momentum for Fayette County will carry over to the rest of the series, which concludes on Friday with a doubleheader at Whitewater.
Scott and Ali both had two hits for the Tigers while Burdette lead the Wildcats with two doubles, two runs, an RBI and a stolen base all from the 7th spot. That kind of production from the bottom of the order is usually contagious to the rest of the line-up.
Bennett was happy with the win, but still knows the Wildcats have areas to improve, “We have good arms, our pitching will be ready for the two games tomorrow. At the plate, we did better at times with our bats, but we are still not where we need to be offensively, we left a lot of guys out there in scoring position. Hats off to them, I thought their pitcher threw a good game and got us out in some tough situations. They are going to come ready tomorrow and we need to respond.”
A sweep in the Friday double-header and a McIntosh loss to Starr’s Mill will tighten up the region standings and set up for an exciting finish.