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LHS Baseball on eight game streak


Photo by Shari Harris
In the varsity win over Eminence, Malachi Antle gets the out at third.


Coach Harv Antle
Licking High School

LAQUEY — The Licking Wildcats ran their winning streak to six games on Monday night (Sept. 23) with a 13-0 victory at Laquey.
Licking struck for six runs in the first inning and cruised to the five-inning decision. Easton Ice’s two-run double keyed the frame.
The Wildcats methodically added runs second, third, and fifth innings as they improved to 11-4 on the fall. Cole Wallace picked up the win on the mound with four innings of no-hit ball that included five strikeouts.
Landon Medlock tossed a scoreless fifth to preserve the shutout and no hitter. Licking committed two errors in the contest.
At the plate, Licking pounded out 13 hits. Malachi Antle was 2-for-2 with a double, Gideon Antle singled and hit a two-run home run, Ice doubled twice and drove in three runs, Seth Farris doubled and singled while driving in two, Wilson Murray knocked in two runs, and Keyton Rinne went 2-for-3.
LICKING — The Licking Wildcats blanked the Eminence Red Wings 10-0 on Tuesday night at Deer Lick Park.
Five runs in the first inning put the Wildcats in front to stay. Levi Cantrell’s two-run double was a key blow in the inning.
Seth Farris started and picked up the win for Licking. In three innings, Farris fanned six, walked two, and allowed one hit as he won for the third time this season.
Easton Ice and Cantrell backed Farris with scoreless innings from the bullpen. The win was Licking’s seventh in a row.

                                                                                                         Photo by Shari Harris
Spencer Rogers beats the throw to score on a single 
by Nathan Burton in the JV win over Eminence.

Leading by eight in the bottom of the fifth with two outs, Cole Wallace drew a walk. Gideon Antle followed with a two-run home run to end the game on the run rule.
Licking reached double figures in the hit column, finishing with 10. Of the 10, six went for extra bases.
Malachi Antle doubled three times and scored three runs for Licking. Wallace singled and scored twice, Gideon Antle was 3-for-4 with four RBIs, and Ice went 1-for-3 with a run batted in.
Licking raised its record to 12-4 with the win. Thursday’s game with Lesterville has been cancelled, and the Wildcats will return to action on Friday at Mansfield.
Licking won the JV game 4-0. Keyton Rinne threw three hitless innings on the mound and kept Eminence off the scoreboard as he worked around six walks.
Kaiden Wantland, Spencer Rogers, and Nathan Burton all contributed RBI singles for the winners. The JV ‘Cats moved their record to 5-2 with the win.
MANSFIELD – The Licking Wildcats jumped the Mansfield Lions for 10 runs in the first inning on Friday night at Mansfield, en route to a 15-7 victory.
 The Wildcats appeared to be on their way to an easy win, but the offense stalled after the first inning and Mansfield chipped away at the lead. Licking scored just one run between the first and seventh innings while Mansfield pulled within seven by the fifth, but missed their chances to get closer by stranding 13 runners in the game.
Seth Farris picked up the win in relief of Licking starter Wilson Murray as Murray couldn’t get through the fourth to qualify for the win. Farris covered the final three and two-thirds innings, fanned seven, and was charged with five runs, though none of them were earned.
In the game, Licking committed five errors. “We were sloppy and maybe fatigue played a part,” Licking Coach Harv Antle commented. The game was the Wildcats’ eighth in the past 12 days. “Hats off to Mansfield for battling and making us go the distance, but credit our guys for hanging in there and finding a way to grind out the win.”
The win was the eighth in a row for Licking, and pushed the Wildcats’ overall record to 13-4. In the game, Licking racked up 15 runs on 16 hits and every spot in the lineup produced at least one base hit.
Gideon Antle and Easton Ice led the offensive charge with three hits each for Licking. Antle cranked a homer and a double to go with four runs scored while Ice doubled and drove in four runs.
Cole Wallace was 2-for-4, Murray went 3-for-5, and Malachi Antle doubled and scored twice for the winners. Hesston Gray led the Lions’ attack with a 5-for-5 day that included a double and 2 RBIs.
Licking dropped a 7-6 decision in the JV game. Spencer Rogers started and worked the first three innings and left with the game tied.
Alex Buckner relieved in the fourth, surrendered one run on one hit, and absorbed the loss. The setback left the JV Cats’ record at 5-3.
Kaiden Wantland paced the Licking offense with a 1-for-2 night that included three runs scored. Cole Wallace was 2-for-2 with a triple, and Keyton Rinne doubled and drove in three runs.

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