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FORT WAYNE — By way of the mercy rule, Whitko baseball needed just five innings Wednesday to record its first win of the season.
The Wildcats hit the road to Fort Wayne Paul Harding in search of a win after falling to class 3A No. 1 New Haven Monday.
Behind a three-hit pitching performance from sophomore Wyatt Wolf, Whitko found an 11-0 victory over the Hawks.
“Tonight was a good team win,” Whitko head coach Erik Hisner said. “We got a great start from sophomore Wyatt Wolf. We played errorless baseball and we did a lot of good things offensively to score 11 runs.”
With only one game remaining before the week-long layoff for spring break, Hisner notes this was an important game for the Wildcats.
“It was very important to take care of business tonight and get back to .500 before our week and a half layoff over spring break,” Hisner noted.
In his first varsity start, Wyatt Wolf went four innings on the mound giving up three hits and striking out seven Harding batters.
Coming off of four errors in the New Haven game, the Wildcats posted a goose egg in the error column capitalizing on two Harding errors.
The Wildcats scored three runs on wild pitches, one on hit batter and another on an error by the shortstop.
Whitko posted at least one run in each of the five innings at the plate.
Sophomore Alex Stoddard went 2-for-2 with a bat scoring twice.
Stoddard was the first of four runs for Whitko in the top of the fifth inning. Stoddard scored on a single by Ryan Weigold.
Weigold later scored on a groundout by Ethan Nicodemus.
Ethan Nicodemus closed out at the mound with a hitless inning where the freshman Wildcat struck out two batters.
Whitko’s 1-1 record will stand until April 9 when the Wildcats face Argos on the road in an 11 a.m. doubleheader.