2 wins for Wildcats despite recent rain

Submitted by Harv Antle

Following the recent rains, the Licking Wildcats returned to the diamond on Friday at Van Buren, and made the trip to Crane for a pair of games on Saturday.

Against Van Buren, senior Michael Milhizer went the distance for Licking to earn the win. The righty tossed five innings, fanned nine, and allowed one unearned run on four hits.

Licking scored early and often with two runs in the second, four in the third, and six in the fourth en route to a 12-1 win in five innings. Seth Farris led the offense with a two-for-three day that included a two-run home run and 3 RBIs.

Cainan Hutsell also drove in three runs for the winners, and Gideon Antle doubled and scored twice. Carter Rinne scored twice and knocked in a run, and Milhizer helped his cause with a hit and two RBIs.

The Wildcats traveled to Crane on Saturday for a bonus date against Cheyenne, Oklahoma and the host Pirates.

Against Cheyenne, Licking scored 10 runs on seven hits for a 10-0 victory.

Connor Medlock spun a three-hit shutout for his second win of the fall. The senior lefty struck out seven and did not walk a batter.

Cainan Hutsell went two-for-three with three RBIs to pace the offense. Hunter Krewson drove in two runs as did Carter Rinne, and Medlock chipped in two hits at the plate.

Licking stayed unbeaten on the fall with an 8-2 win over Crane in Saturday’s nightcap.

Sophomore Wilson Murray started and worked four and one-third innings for the win. He gave two runs on four hits, walked two, and fanned four.

Hunter Krewson came on and finished the fifth and worked a scoreless sixth for Licking. Gideon Antle closed the game with a scoreless seventh.

Antle did damage at the plate too as he put together a three-for-four game that included a double and four runs-batted-in. Carter Rinne went two-for-four, Reece Derrickson collected two hits in four trips, and Hunter Krewson was two-for-three.

Licking improved to 4-0 with the win.

“It was good to finally get a break from the weather and get back on the field,” said coach Harv Antle. “That’s tough to play three games in a span of 24 hours, but our guys responded well, and they have played some good baseball to get us off to a good start.”



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