LHS closes out regular season 13-4, heads to districts as first seed


                                                                                                                                          Photo by Shari Harris Seth Farris connects for a double in the final home game of the season against Richland.
Submitted by Harv Antle

PLATO — The Licking Wildcats closed out the regular season on the road with a 13-6 win over the Plato Eagles on Tuesday night, May 7.
In a contest switched to Plato because of field conditions, Licking jumped Plato with three first inning runs. Seth Farris keyed the inning with a 2-run double.
The Wildcats built an 8-1 advantage at the end of four innings. Plato rallied for four runs in the bottom of the fifth with Hayden Smith delivering a three-run home run.
Licking regained control with five tallies in the sixth and finished off the Eagles for their 13th victory of the spring. The Wildcats used four pitchers in their final tune up before the district tournament.
Wilson Murray started and went three innings. He gave one run on three hits and struck out four. Carter Rinne pitched the fourth and fifth frames and was charged with four runs, three earned, on three hits.
Gideon Antle allowed a hit and a run in the sixth, and Hunter Krewson worked a scoreless seventh. Regardless of the pitcher, the Wildcats produced plenty of run support.
Licking racked up 13 runs on 16 hits. Antle tripled and registered two hits, Rinne was 2-for-4 with 2 RBIs, Farris drove in three runs on three hits, Milhizer crushed his fifth homer of the spring and went 3-for-4 with 3 RBIs, Easton Ice collected two hits, and Cainan Hutsell was 2-for-4 with 2 RBIs.
Licking improved to 13-4 on the spring. The Wildcats will carry the top seed into the Class 3 District 10 Tournament at Houston.
In Tuesday’s JV game, Licking closed out its season with a 7-0 win over Plato. The JV Wildcats finished the spring at 4-5.
Landon Medlock was the winning pitcher for the JV Cats. He allowed two hits and struck out three, and Levi Cantrell posted a scoreless inning that included two strikeouts.
Kaiden Wantland doubled, walked, and scored two runs as the offensive catalyst for Licking. Medlock singled and scored, Easton Ice was 2-for-2 with a RBI, and Cantrell added an RBI triple.
LICKING — On senior night at Licking, three senior Wildcat pitchers combined to no-hit the Richland Bears for a 13-0 Licking victory.
Connor Medlock started for Licking and worked the first two innings. Medlock faced the minimum and fanned five.
Michael Milhizer pitched the third and fourth innings, struck out four and walked two. Cainan Hutsell struck out the side in the fifth.
While the Wildcat hurlers were hanging zeros, the offense was providing plenty of run support. Licking scored three runs in the first, four in the second, four in the third, and tacked on two in the fourth.
Milhizer homered, doubled, and drove in six runs to lead the offense. Carter Rinne scored four times and ripped a RBI single, Gideon Antle tripled and scored three times, Seth Farris was 1-for-3 with 2 RBIs, Easton Ice stroked a run-scoring single, and Hunter Krewson singled and scored twice.
Licking improved to 12-4 on the spring with the win. The evening ended early as the Wildcats invoked the run rule and there was not a JV game.
Editor’s Note: The Wildcats are scheduled to play on Tuesday, May 14, at 2 p.m. against the winner of the May 13 fourth seed Mtn. Grove vs. fifth seed Willow Springs contest. The winner of Tuesday’s game advances to the District final May 15 at 4 p.m.

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