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A week of Wildcat winning

Photo by Shari Harris
Easton Ice puts one over the fence to make the score 13-3 against Belle in Friday night’s varsity win.

Harv Antle
LHS Baseball Coach

  LICKING — The Licking Wildcats bounced back from Saturday’s loss in the finals of the Stoutland Fall Classic with a 17-2 victory over the Crocker Lions at Deer Lick Park on Monday night, Sept. 16.
  Cole Wallace picked up the win on the mound. The freshman right hander scattered four hits and fanned three over three innings.
  Gideon Antle blasted a two-run home run to the opposite field in the bottom of the first to open the Wildcat scoring. Licking finished the first with a 6-0 lead and was never headed in the contest.
  Every spot in the Wildcats’ lineup registered a hit or run scored. Licking pounded out a total of 15 hits.
  Malachi Antle was 2-for-4 with two RBIs, Gideon Antle drove in three runs on two hits, Easton Ice went 2-for-3 with two RBIs, and Seth Farris singled twice and drove in two runs. Also, Wilson Murray turned in a two-hit night that included three RBIs, Spencer Rogers collected two hits, Levi Cantrell reached base three times and scored twice, and Keyton Rinne produced a multi-hit game as he went 2-for-2.
  The win moved the Wildcats to 6-4 for the fall.
  Licking won the JV game against Crocker 11-1. Keyton Rinne worked three innings on the mound for the win, allowing two hits, two walks, and fanning four.
  The win leveled the JV Cats’ record at 1-1. Rinne scored two runs for the winners while Cole Wallace scored and drove in a run on a sacrifice fly.
  The Licking Wildcats blanked the Newburg Wolves 25-0 Tuesday night, Sept. 17, at Deer Lick Park.
  The Wildcats strafed Newburg pitching for 17 hits en route to the run rule victory. Levi Cantrell was the beneficiary of the large run support and did his part as he tossed a no hitter that included three strikeouts.
  Easton Ice had a big night at the plate for Licking. The junior doubled, homered, and drove in five runs.
  The Wildcats received production up and down the lineup. Malachi Antle had two hits and two runs scored, Cole Wallace scored three runs, Gideon Antle homered and collected five RBIs, Seth Farris went 2-for-3, Wilson Murray singled three times and drove in three, Tommy Fudge plated three runs on two hits, and Keyton singled and scored twice with a run-batted-in.
  Licking improved to 7-4 with the win.
  In the JV game, Licking was a 3-0 winner. Spencer Rogers picked up the win on the mound with relief help from Alex Buckner.
  The JV ‘Cats got RBIs from Rogers and Ty Wantland. The win improved their mark to 2-1 for the fall.
Photo by Shari Harris
Miliq Williams hit a single in the Friday JV win over Belle, 4-1.
LICKING — The Licking Wildcats dialed long distance on Friday night at Deer Lick Park to the tune of four home runs and a 13-3 victory over the Belle Tigers.
  Levi Cantrell, Gideon Antle, and Easton Ice all went deep as the Wildcats won their fourth straight and improved to 9-4. Antle homered twice, and this was his fourth consecutive game with a home run.
  Cantrell picked up the win on the mound as he worked into the fourth. He allowed three runs on six hits and struck out three.
  Cantrell left in the fourth leading 5-1 with the bases loaded. Ice relieved and minimized the damage as Belle only scored once in the frame.
  In the bottom of the inning, Licking tacked on two runs with Antle’s first home run of the game. The Wildcats invoked the run rule in the fifth with six more tallies.
  Antle and Ice belted back-to-back home runs to end the game. Licking’s offense produced nine hits in the contest, seven of which went for extra bases.
  Malachi Antle doubled and scored twice for the winners. Cole Wallace was 3-for-3 and scored four runs, Gideon Antle was 3-for-4 with five RBIs, Ice’s homer was a solo job but he drove in two runs, and Cantrell cranked a solo homer.
  In the JV game, Licking emerged with a 4-2 win. Keyton Rinne pitched the first two innings for the win, and Alex Buckner pitched the final two frames to pick up the save.
  Ty Wantland singled in a run, Cole Wallace ripped an RBI double, and Miliq Williams singled to pace the JV Cats’ offense.
  The win was the fourth consecutive victory for the JV Cats and pushed their record to 4-1 on the fall.
  LICKING – The Licking Wildcats ended a busy week on Saturday hosting the Van Buren Bulldogs at Deer Lick Park and ran their winning streak to five games with a 15-4 decision.
  Wilson Murray went the distance for the win. He scattered nine hits and allowed four runs over five innings for his third win of the fall.
  Licking jumped in front with a five-run first inning. Keyton Rinne slashed a two-run single and Easton Ice crushed a solo homer to stake the Wildcats to an early lead.
  Licking added a single run in the third, but by the top of the fifth Van Buren had pulled with two runs. The Wildcats clung to a 6-4 lead going to the bottom of the fifth.
  In the fifth, Licking exploded for nine runs to end the game on the run rule. The final salvo came off the bat of Ice when he belted a game-ending three-run home run over the wall in centerfield.
  Licking rapped out 13 hits in the contest. Malachi Antle was 2-for-2 and scored twice, Cole Wallace went 1-for-3 and drove in a run, and Gideon Antle doubled and drove in a run at the top of the lineup.
  Ice carried the big bat at cleanup and finished the day with three hits, two home runs, and four RBIs. Wilson Murray collected two hits, Levi Cantrell singled and knocked in three runs, and Rinne was 2-for-3 while Landon Medlock added an RBI single.
  The contest was Licking’s fifth game in six days. The win raised the Wildcats’ record to 10-4 on the season.
  In the JV game, Licking was defeated 3-2. Kaiden Wantland took the loss on the mound as the JV ‘Cats could only muster two hits on offense and saw their record slip to 4-2.

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