Submitted by coach Harv Antle
The Licking Wildcats opened the Class 3 District 10 Tournament on Friday with a 9-4 win over the host school Houston.
Houston scored first in the contest with a single tally in the second inning. Gavin Alston’s ground out scored Alex Castleman, who had doubled to lead off the inning and moved to third on a wild pitch.
Licking had an answer in the bottom of the same inning. The Wildcats sent 12 men to the plate and scored six runs to seize control of the game.
Houston would pull to within 7-4, but Licking got a two-run home run from Jared Case in the bottom of the sixth to provide the final margin of victory. The win moved Licking into the semifinals to take on Mountain Grove.
Connor Medlock went six innings for the Wildcats on the mound and earned his sixth win of the spring. The lefty junior allowed four runs, two earned, on five hits and one walk while fanning six.
Wilson Murray closed out the game in the seventh. The freshman allowed one hit, hit a batter, and issued no walks.
Carter Rinne, Reece Derrickson, Gideon Antle, and Jared Case all collected two hits for the winners. Antle and Trenton Campbell drove in two runs, and Case had a 3 RBI day.
Licking improved to 14-8 on the spring and the win and sends the Wildcats up against Mountain Grove for the third time this spring; the teams have split the previous two games. The victory was coach Harv Antle’s 500th career win.
Licking 14, Crocker 4
The Licking Wildcats bounced back from a tough loss on Monday afternoon at Waynesville to defeat the Crocker Lions 14-4 in five innings.
After allowing a run in the top of the first, Licking answered with four of its own in the bottom of the second inning. Jared Case doubled in a run and Gideon Antle plated two more with a single.
Crocker tied the game in the third. Nathan Combs’ two-run triple keyed the inning.
Licking took control with six runs in the bottom of the third. Then, the Wildcats put the game away with one in the fourth and three in the fifth.
Hunter Krewson recorded the win in relief of starter Michael Milhizer. Krewson tossed three innings of hitless relief and fanned three.
Antle went two-for-three with three RBIs to pace the Wildcat offense. Cainan Hutsell added two hits and two runs-batted-in as did Case, and Milhizer knocked in two runs.
Waynesville 5, Licking 4
Monday night the Wildcats lost to the Waynesville Tigers 4-5 Monday night at the Bandy Baseball Field at Tiger Pride Park.
The Wildcats struck first with three in the third. Gideon Antle led off with a single, one out later, Michael Milhizer doubled him home. Cainan Hutsell followed with an RBI single. An RBI double down the right field line from Jared Case brought home Hutsell. Waynesville got two back in the bottom of the inning. Noah Ochoa singled, stole second and third and came home when the throw went into left field. Tanner Simpson walked and came home on an Erik Kane RBI single.
Licking got another in the sixth on an RBI single from Milhizer. An RBI single by the Tigers Seth Farris made it 4-3 and the teams headed to the seventh.
The wildcats went 1-2-3 in the Tigers seventh, two hit batsman put the tying and winning run on, a walk loaded the bases and with two outs, Hunter O’Neil blooped a single to right scoring both Tanner Simpson and Colin Crockett with the winner.
Gideon Antle took the loss.
Plato 3, Licking 2
The Licking Wildcats suffered another one-run loss, its sixth of the spring, on Tuesday night at Plato by the score of 3-2 in 10 innings.
Plato grabbed a 1-0 lead in the second inning. Caeden Hathaway led off with a single and later scored on a Josh Metro ground out.
Plato clung to its lead until the top of the seventh. Licking’s Carter Rinne plated Jared Case with a two-out single to tie the game at one.
The game remained deadlocked until the tenth. Case singled and scored to put Licking in front.
Marshall Pittman doubled to lead off the home half of the tenth. Metro’s sacrifice bunt was mishandled and Pittman scored the tying run.
Another sacrifice put the winning run at third. Licking intentionally walked the next two men to create the force out and bring Hayden Smith to the plate.
The Wildcats got the ground ball they wanted but the throw home was high and the Eagles owned a walk-off win.
The loss spoiled a tremendous outing by Licking’s Case. The senior lefty went the distance and gave three runs, one earned, on four hits while fanning two and walking one.
Case turned in nine and one-third innings of work on just 94 pitches. Hathaway was Plato’s winner in relief of Matt Daniels.
Case, Rinne, and Connor Medlock paced the Wildcats’ nine-hit attack with two hits each. However, Licking’s offense was short circuited by 14 runners left on base.
Licking finished the Frisco League with a record of 5-3. The loss dropped the Wildcats to 12-8 overall.
In the JV game, Licking defeated Plato 9-1. Eli Keeney was the winning pitcher.
Hunter Krewson and Wilson Murray each scored three runs. Easton Ice collected three RBIs as did Keeney, while the JV Cats improved to 9-4 for the spring.
Licking 7, Willow Springs 5
The Licking Wildcats closed the regular season on the road Thursday with a 7-5 win over the Willow Springs Bears.
Levi Cantrell was the winner in his first varsity start. The sophomore went four innings and allowed one earned run on one hit and struck out two.
The Wildcats scored three first-inning runs and four more in the third. Willow Springs rallied with four of its own in the sixth to make things interesting.
Carter Rinne got the last four outs to put out the fire and secure the win for Licking. Gideon Antle and Trenton Campbell showed the way offensively for the winners.
Antle was three-for-three with two runs scored. Campbell scored twice and collected two hits while Cainan Hutsell and Connor Medlock both had two RBIs.
Licking raised its record to 13-8 for the spring. The Wildcats carry the three seed into the District 10 Tournament at Houston.
In the JV Wildcats’ final game of the spring, Licking registered an 11-3 victory.
Easton Ice was the winning pitcher, going the distance and picking up five strikeouts along the way.
Hunter Krewson led the offense with a two-for-four night that included three stolen bases and two runs scored. Wilson Murray went two-for-three with three RBIs, Ice doubled and singled while driving in three runs, and Eli Keeney had two hits and two runs-batted-in.
The JV Cats finished the spring with a 10-4 record. Fall and spring combined, Licking won 18 games against just nine losses.