Shane Banks took the mound for the Wildcats in the first game against Union County. Banks would get roughed up a bit in the first inning, as the Braves would put four runs on the board on five hits and one error. In the bottom half of the first, Don Bush would take a walk and advance to second on a bad throw by the Union County catcher for the inning’s only offense.
Going into the top of the second inning, Banks settled in and gave up only one hit and scattering three outs around the field. The bottom half of the second inning would see Banks walked by Union County and later score on a Josh Green single after R.J. Sholar got a sac fly to move Banks to second. The Wildcats would get one run in the second inning to cut the Braves lead to 4-1.
Banks faced the heart of the Union County order in the third and dismissed them giving up one hit and getting a strikeout in the top half of the inning. The floodgates opened in the bottom of the third as the Wildcats would put five runs on the board off eight hits. Hunter Smillie started the inning off with a single and scored the first run of the inning. He later returned to the plate in the inning and knocked in the fifth run of the third inning. In between Hunter’s heroics, Jamie Guinn drove Don Bush and Will Stagner in on a homerun. R.J. Sholar, Josh Green and Mitch Rogers would each pick-up singles and Sholar scored on Hunter Smillie’s second base hit of the inning.
In the fourth inning, Banks would send the Braves down in order on to fly outs and a strikeout. With the Wildcats now leading by 6-4, it was time to make the scorekeepers book even more of a mess as the Wildcats sent 11 batters to the plate in a six-run slugging display. Hits from Josh Green, Trent Greenman and Don Bush all knocked in runs this inning.
As the Wildcats took the field in the bottom of the fifth inning, Hunter Smillie knocked in one more insurance run following singles by Banks, Sholar, Green and Rogers. At the end of the fifth the Wildcats were up 13-4.
With a healthy lead going into the fifth inning, Coach Jackie Sholar sent Don Bush in to relieve Shane Banks, Bush retired the side on two strikeouts and a routine ground out to short. Bush picked up a double in the bottom of the sixth, while Guinn and Banks were both intentionally walked.
In the top of the seventh inning Don Bush scattered three fly while Braves retreated to Union County with a loss. With this win, the Wildcats improved their record to 3-5 going into the second game of the day against St Mary’s.
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