Wildcats nearing .500 after first week of season

Photo by Shari Harris
Gideon Antle tags out the Vienna runner at second in an effort to turn the tide in Saturday’s loss.


By Harv Antle

LICKING, Mo. — The Licking Wildcats hosted the Vienna Eagles and Alton Comets on Saturday at Deer Lick Park and earned a split in the varsity doubleheader.
In the opener, Vienna downed Licking 9-2 behind the complete game from starter Dylan Buschmann. The Eagles scored three times in the first, fifth, and seventh innings.
The Wildcats trailed 3-1 after four innings, but some shaky defense and lack of offense allowed Vienna to pull away. Licking committed three errors in the game and managed just four hits.
Trenton Rowden homered and drove in three runs to pace Vienna. Malachi Antle, Cole Wallace, and Gideon Antle singled for Licking while Easton Ice doubled in a losing cause.
Wilson Murray started on the mound for the Wildcats and took the loss. The junior surrendered five runs on nine hits while Kaiden Wantland and Landon Medlock finished up in relief.
Against Alton, Licking dug out of an early 4-0 hole to come from behind and win 9-5. Cole Wallace was the winning pitcher in relief of starter Levi Cantrell.
Trailing 5-2 in the fifth, Gideon Antle hit a two-run home run over the wall in left to pull the ‘Cats within one. The Wildcats rallied for five more in the sixth to overtake the Comets.
Antle was four-for-four with six RBIs and hit for the cycle. Malachi Antle went two-for-four, Ice knocked in two runs, Wallace scored three times, and Keyton Rinne’s double in the sixth set up the big inning.
The win moves Licking’s record to 2-3. The Wildcats will look to get back to the .500 mark when they host the Bears from Richland on Tuesday.
DORA, Mo. — The Licking Wildcats dropped a 3-2 decision to the Dora Falcons on Thursday night at Dora.
Seth Farris took the tough-luck loss for Licking. Farris threw six innings, scattered five hits, fanned seven, and walked three.
Mason Luna was the winning pitcher for Dora. Austin Luna cranked a 3-run homer in the fifth to erase a 2-0 deficit.
“Seth threw a good game and deserved a better fate,” commented Licking’s Harv Antle after the game. “We didn’t give him enough run support.”
Licking batters fanned 11 times in the contest. “That’s been an issue for us so far this season,” Antle said. In their first three games, the Wildcats have struck out 29 times.
Levi Cantrell reached on an error in the fourth for Licking. A Cole Wallace double followed by a Dora error allowed Cantrell to score the game’ first run.
Farris drove in Gideon Antle in the fifth with a sacrifice fly to push the Wildcat lead to two runs. In the game, Licking managed just four hits.
Licking lost the JV game 6-2. Spencer Rogers took the loss on the mound while Kaiden Wantland singled and scored twice to pace the limited Wildcat offense.

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