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Baseball - Licking ends regular season 16-5, first seed in Frisco League Tourney

                                                                                                                                             Photo by Shari Harris
Wilson Murray’s two run homerun raised the score to 13-0 against Frisco League foe Plato.

Coach Harv Antle
Licking High School

  STOUTLAND — The Licking Wildcats won their ninth straight game with a 15-0 shutout over the Stoutland Tigers Monday night, Sept. 30, in Stoutland.
  Gideon Antle lofted a grand slam over the wall in left as part of an 11-run first inning for the Wildcats. Malachi Antle went 3-for-3 from the leadoff spot and knocked in four runs as Licking added four runs in the second on its way to ending the contest after three innings on the run rule.
  Cole Wallace went the distance and picked up his fourth win of the fall. The freshman right hander fanned five, walked one, and allowed two hits.
  Keyton Rinne and Kaiden Wantland contributed to the Licking offense by reaching base twice and scoring two runs apiece. Seth Farris and Wilson Murray added RBIs for the winners.
  The win moves the Wildcats to 14-4 on the fall. The JV Wildcats made it a sweep on Monday night as they defeated Stoutland 12-4.
  Kaiden Wantland picked up the win with relief help from Keyton Rinne. Ty Wantland singled in a run as did Miliq Williams for the JV ‘Cats as they improved to 6-3 for the season.
  LICKING — The Licking Wildcats bashed four home runs Tuesday night, Oct. 1, at Deer Lick Park and shut out the Plato Eagles 15-0.
  Gideon Antle, Wilson Murray, and Levi Cantrell all went deep as the Wildcats won their 10th straight. The win improved Licking to 15-4 on the fall.
  Licking scored three in the first inning, four more in the second, and ended the game on the run rule with an eight-run third. The Wildcats pounded out 12 hits in the game.
  Meanwhile, Wildcat starter Easton Ice scattered three hits, struck out three, and allowed no runs to record the win. It was Ice’s first victory this fall.
  Offensively for Licking, Malachi Antle and Cole Wallace set the table at the top of the lineup. Antle doubled and went 2-for-3 with three runs scored while Wallace scored three times and was 2-for-2 with an RBI.
  Gideon Antle homered twice and drove in five runs, Seth Farris was 2-for-3 with two RBIs, Wilson Murray slugged a two-run home run, and Levi Cantrell launched a solo shot.
  Licking concludes the regular season with a trip to Dixon on Thursday before hosting Hartville on Friday. Next week the Wildcats will travel to Plato for the Frisco League Tournament.
  In the JV game, Licking emerged with a 12-3 win. Spencer Rogers started and worked the first three innings for the win, and Alex Buckner finished.
  Wallace was 2-for-2 with a triple and two RBIs to pace the offense for the JV ‘Cats. Kaiden Wantland scored twice and doubled for the Wildcats who raised their record to 7-3 with the victory.
  DIXON — The Licking Wildcats went extra innings on Thursday night at Dixon and emerged with a 3-1 win over the Bulldogs.
  Scoreless through five innings, Licking drew first blood with a run in the top of the sixth. Gideon Antle doubled with one out and rode home on a Seth Farris single.
  Dixon answered back in the bottom of the inning. Clayton Sinden led off, reached on an error, and moved to third on a Cyrus Nickels single.
  Following an intentional walk, Tyler Morgan’s sacrifice fly plated Sinden and tied the game. Licking avoided further damage when Kaiden Wantland made a shoestring catch in right field to end the inning.
  The teams traded zeros in the seventh and eighth. In the ninth, Farris singled for Licking and was bunted to second by Wilson Murray.
  Levi Cantrell followed with an RBI double to put the Wildcats up a run. Two batters later, Malachi Antle doubled Cantrell home to push the Licking lead to 3-1.
  Dixon rallied one last time with a walk and single in the bottom of the ninth. However, Licking’s Gideon Antle used a strikeout and a double play to end the game and earn the save.
  In the game, Licking scored its three runs on nine hits. The Wildcats committed two errors and turned two double plays.
  Cantrell started and turned in four-plus innings on the mound. He allowed no runs on two hits, walked one, and fanned three.
                                                                                                                                             Photo by Shari Harris
Freshman Cole Wallace hits this triple in the JV win over Plato Oct. 1.
  Cole Wallace picked up the win for Licking with four innings of relief. The freshman surrendered one unearned run on one hit and struck out three.
  Farris showed the way offensively for the winners as he turned in a 3-for-4 night. Licking received RBI doubles from Malachi Antle and Cantrell while Gideon Antle went 1-for-3, and Murray, Keyton Rinne, and Spencer Rogers all chipped in with base hits.
  The win was the Wildcats’ 11th in a row and moved their record to 16-4.
  Dixon won the JV game 9-0. Keyton Rinne and Nathan Burton pitched for the JV ‘Cats.
  Spencer Rogers went 2-for-2 for Licking and Alex Buckner was 1-for-2. The JV ‘Cats saw their record dip to 7-4 with the setback.
  LICKING – The Licking Wildcats lost the final regular season game of the fall on Friday at home to the Hartville Eagles, 7-5.
  Hartville scored four runs in the first inning on four hits and a pair of Wildcat errors. The Wildcats answered with two runs in the third inning when Keyton Rinne and Malachi Antle crossed the plate and cut the deficit in half.
  Licking gained the lead in the fourth with three runs. Levi Cantrell and Antle both ripped RBI doubles to lift the Wildcats to a 5-4 advantage.
  Hartville rallied in the sixth to retake the lead though. The Eagles tied the game with a bunt single and then used another Licking error to plate two more runs.
  Trailing 7-5 in the bottom of the seventh, the Wildcats loaded the bases with one out and threatened to walk off the Eagles. Hartville’s Ryce Piper stopped the rally short with a pop up and a strikeout to end the game and earn the save.
  Antle led an eight-hit attack for Licking with a 3-for-4 day at the plate with two RBIs. Easton Ice went 2-for-4 while Gideon Antle, Cantrell, and Wilson Murray chipped in with one base hit each.
  Murray took the loss on the mound for Licking. He went two and two-third innings and was charged with four unearned runs on six hits and three walks.
  Caleb Moore was the Hartville winner. The senior went six innings and scattered six hits while fanning nine and allowing five unearned runs.
  The loss snapped Licking’s 11-game winning streak. The Wildcats end the regular season at 16-5 and head into next week conference tournament at Plato as the number one seed.
  Hartville won the JV game, 13-1. The JV Cats end their fall at 7-5.
  Malachi Antle tripled and scored the JV ‘Cats lone run. Ty Wantland doubled for Licking and Spencer Rogers started and took the loss.

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