Baseball season begins 1-1 in Crane


Licking High School’s 2019-2020 Baseball Wildcats are ready for a new season!
Front row, from left: Cole Wallace, Kaiden Wantland, Malachi Antle, Eli Shepherd, Keyton Rinne, and Nathan Burton. Second row, from left: Easton Ice, Landon Medlock, Ty Wantland, Spencer Rogers, Chance Campbell, Alex Buckner, and Elijah Ullom. Back row from left: Manager Silas Antle, Gideon Antle, Wilson Murray, Levi Cantrell, Kevan Monds, Tommy Fudge, Miliq Williams, and Seth Farris.


CRANE — The Licking Wildcats defeated Cheyenne, Okla., 9-0 on Saturday as two pitchers combined to throw a shutout. Cole Wallace struck out Blaine Harrison to finish off the game.
The Wildcats secured the victory thanks to five runs in the sixth inning. Easton Ice and Landon Medlock picked up RBIs in the inning.
Licking opened the scoring in the first inning. Malachi Antle doubled and eventually scored on a wild pitch for the Wildcats.
Gideon Antle tripled in two runs in the second inning. Ice doubled home Levi Cantrell in the fifth to push the lead to four runs.
Seth Farris led the Wildcats to victory on the pitcher's mound. He allowed one hit and zero runs over four innings, striking out seven. Wallace threw three innings in relief out of the bullpen. Wallace recorded the last nine outs to earn the save for Wildcats.
Licking tallied eight hits in the contest. Ice and Malachi Antle each collected two hits to lead the Wildcats. Licking was sure-handed in the field and didn't commit a single error.
In the second game on Saturday, Licking fought back after falling behind by four runs in the fourth inning. The comeback fell just short though, in a 5-4 defeat to Crane.
Crane took an early lead with one run in the first. In the top of the second inning, the Wildcats tied things up at one when Spencer Rogers singled in Cole Wallace who reached on a fielder’s choice.
Trailing 5-1 after four innings, Licking rallied for three runs on a single by Easton Ice in the fifth, a single by Malachi Antle in the seventh, and a sacrifice fly by Levi Cantrell in the seventh.
Wilson Murray took the loss for Wildcats. He lasted four innings, allowing two hits and five runs while striking out three.
Licking produced eight hits in the game, but left eight runners on base. Malachi Antle and Gideon Antle each collected multiple hits for the Wildcats.
The loss dropped the Wildcats to 1-1 for the fall despite out-hitting Crane eight to two. However, four walks and three errors were Licking’s demise.
Licking returns to action on Thursday with a trip to Dora for varsity and junior varsity games.
The home opener is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 7, with a varsity doubleheader versus Vienna and Alton.

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