Wildcats out claw WHS in 5 innings

Todd Lancaster, Washington Times-Herald, Ind.
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Apr. 2—There is an old saying, "Sometimes you get the bear and sometimes the bear gets you." On Thursday it wasn't a bear that got the Washington Hatchets baseball team, it was a very hungry group of Wildcats that beat Washington (1-1) 20-2 at the Complex.

WHS was hurt by 15 walks, three hit batsmen, five errors and just five hits on offense.

"Baseball has a funny way about it. And again, it's like a common theme with Jasper every year, when you give a team like that four or five outs an inning, you are looking at a seven or eight run inning," said WHS coach Steve Reed. "I know it's 20-2 but people don't understand how the little plays here and there to add up, and you know, to be as good as we think we can be, we have to handled the little plays.

"And like I said, the great thing about this is we play Friday night. I know if this was football we would have all week to lick our wounds, it may be a little tougher, but we're gonna come out tomorrow night. We're gonna let this go and go right back. As we know we're a heck of a lot better than what we showed today, but this might just have been the piece of humble pie we need as a group and coaches in Game 2. We will see how hungry we are."

Nicholas Sandullo had trouble with his control from the start, walking five, hitting one and giving up three hits, before coach Reed brought in Ian Hill to finish off the inning. When the smoke cleared, Jasper had more than battered around and the former Big 8 foes had an 8-0 lead.

WHS did pick up a run in the bottom of the second as Trey Reed doubled for the second time in the young season. He then scored as Seth Holtsclaw grounded out 6-3, but Reed scored and WHS cut the margin to 8-1.

However, WHS's defense let them down in the second, as three errors mixed with four hits and Jasper was back up 12-1 at the end of the half frame.

It looked like WHS bats were starting to come alive, as Jack Fry walked and Logan Riester singled, but Jasper's Blake Mann was able to get the final two outs to put out the fire.

The sun and the wind helped the Wildcats extend the lead in the top half of the third. Chris Hedinger hit a high fly to center that floated away from the center fielder, followed by Jobe Luebbehusen fly, that the sun and wind turned into a triple. After the Cats moved out to a 15-1 lead and with the bases loaded, Reed brought in Joah Horrall to replace Hill, who finished his day giving up 10 runs, after Sandullo was responsible for the first eight. Horrall picked up a pair of strike outs to finish off the inning, but Jasper still led 20-1.

Sandullo led off the bottom of third with the walk and after a Holtsclaw single, scored on a Caleb Armstrong fielder's choice to make it 20-2.

Horrall had a solid top of the fourth facing just four batters and picking up his third strikeout.

Riester added the Hatchets fourth hit of the day in the bottom of the fourth but the score remained 20-2.

Jasper brought in Luebbehusen to finish out the fifth, after Mann gave four hits in four innings. Cannon Shake did add a hit for the Hatchets in the final for WHS, the fifth hit of the game.

The Hatchets stay at home to face Sullivan on Friday at the Sports Complex.