Late-game game hits allowed the Wildcats to push ahead for a 19-14 win against Reagan’s Raiders in a summer league ball game at West Stokes High School on Wednesday afternoon.
West Stokes had a slow start in Wednesday’s game. In the first five innings of the game, the Wildcats’ younger, JV players only managed to get two runs, while the Raiders pulled ahead 4-2. Then, the Raiders hit a three-run homer at the top of the sixth inning, which brought the score to 7-2.
But, the Wildcats began to turn the tides late in the game, when the team’s varsity players took to the field. At the bottom of the seventh inning, Gavin Goodson got a walk that brought in a runner and evened the score to 7-7. Then, Keelan Marshall hit a grand slam, which allowed the team to pull ahead with the lead 11-7.
After Marshall’s grand slam, the Wildcats’ bats began to head up and the team did not stop until they had a 10-point lead over the Raiders. Wildcat Josh Chunn hit a double that brought in Andrew Parrish and Barret Durham. Rounding out the seventh inning, Goodson hit a single that brought in Jacob Washer and Junior show, which brought the score to 17-7.
Coach Goodson said after the game that Marshall’s timely grand slam in the seventh inning allowed the team to start gathering some momentum.
“Success breeds success,” Goodson said. “When the team gets two or three hits in row, the next guy can’t wait to get up there and bat.”
At the bottom of the ninth inning, Washer hit a solo homer, which brought the score to 19-9. In the final inning, the Wildcats held on for an 19-14 win for the evening.
Coach Goodson said he was proud of the way his team swung the bats in the game. Goodson said that his younger players are continuing to develop and get better.
“Baseball is a game you continue to learn,” Goodson said.