Whitewater rolls over Riverdale in three-game series sweep
by Christopher Dunn
The Whitewater Wildcats are picking the right time to peak. Winners of seven straight and with the playoffs right around the corner, the Cats like where they’re at.
They ramped up their game each night in a three-game sweep of Riverdale last week, starting 5-0, then 10-0, and finishing with a 21-4 romp Thursday night.
In the finale, it was the Raiders who looked strong at the start, taking a 3-1 lead after one inning. It was all Whitewater from there as they rolled up four runs in the second, nine in the third, three in the fourth, and four in the fifth to wrap it up with the mercy rule.
Tyler Doanes was a nightmare at the top of the order, going 2 for 2 with 2 home runs and 5 RBI. Austin Gardner added another homer and 3 RBI. Levi Whitlock and Nolan Wesolowski each drove in 2 runs. Grayson Samples, Justin Burdette, Daniel Langston, Jacob Henley, Dalton Goodman, Thomas McKenzie, Zach Mills, and Stone Kasten drove in one run apiece.
Trey Jordan got the start in game three and got help from Dylan Goodman, Jacob Hawkins, and Will Thomason to finish the game.
Chiefs rally comes up short at Griffin
by Rob Grubbs
After winning the first two of a three game series against the Griffin Bears, the McIntosh Chiefs traveled back to Griffin on Friday night to try and complete the sweep and wrap up the second seed in Region 3-AAAAA.
The Chiefs had come from behind in both games one and two with solid pitching, defense, and timely hitting and would send senior Christophe Senghor to the mound to face off against Griffin hurler Devin Keene.
Senghor pitched valiantly to keep his team in the game through five innings, but the Bears broke through late to seal the 7-3 win. The Chiefs retained a one game lead going into their final series against the Riverdale Raiders, who have yet to win a region contest this season. One win in that series wraps up the two seed and paves the way for the first round home playoff series.
The Chiefs fell behind 4-0 in the bottom of the fifth, but kept things close on a perfect throw from centerfielder Andrew Pinckney to get the third out of the inning at third and prevent further damage. The play seemed to boost the momentum, as McIntosh scored in the top of the sixth on a Ryan Sanders leadoff single and a Jacob Cole sacrifice fly to inch closer at 4-1.
After the Bears added three more insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth, it would have been easy for the Chiefs to just get things over with and head back home with the series win, but Coach David Munoz’s team has more fight and determination than that.
Max Geiger led off the top of the seventh with a single, followed by back-to-back walks from Ethan Ange and Daniel Blair to load the bases with no outs. After a Senghor groundout scored a run, Sanders was hit by a pitch for the second time in the game from the now-tiring Bear hurler to again load the bases. Mitch Maxwell drew a bases loaded walk to plate the second run of the inning and brought the tying run to the plate with two outs. Cole gave the next pitch a ride, but it was hauled in by the Griffin centerfielder to end the game just short of the warning track.
Their inspired showing in the sixth and seventh innings, along with the two comeback wins earlier in the week, will serve them well in the upcoming playoffs. If they wrap up the second seed this week, they will face the Thomas County Central Yellow Jackets at home in the first round of the state playoffs. The number one seed Starr’s Mill Panthers will host the Bainbridge Bearcats, and the Whitewater Wildcats will travel to Warner Robins to face the Veterans High School Warhawks in other first round playoff action.