SOUTH WHITLEY — Saturday’s baseball double header between the Whitko Wildcats and the Southern Wells Raiders was delayed by rain, and the weather had the players and fans wondering if snow might also be a possibility.
The two games took very different routes to the same end.
In game one, the Wildcats broke on top with a big lead and then held on for a 10-6 win while in game two the host Wildcats had to come from behind several times to take a 12-9 win over the Raiders.
In the first contest, the Wildcats jumped out to a big lead, notching 10 runs in the first four innings while holding the Raiders scoreless.
With the ‘Cats leading 10-0, Southern Wells got on the scoreboard in the top of the fifth inning, putting up four runs on five hits to pull within six runs at 10-4.
The Raiders added another run in the sixth, another in the top of the seventh frame and had runners at second and third before a pop fly out to first base ended the contest with a 10-6 win for the Wildcats.
Game two was a see-saw affair, with the lead going back and forth at each at-bat.
With Southern Wells leading 7-6, the Wildcats held the visitors scoreless in the top of the fourth and knotted the score 7-7 in the bottom half when Colin Nicodemus, who had walked and then stolen both second and third, scored on a throwing error by the Raider catcher.
Southern Wells retook the lead with a run in the top of the fifth before the Wildcats pushed across three runs in the bottom half of the fifth on a single by Mort and walks by Weigold and Gensch.
The Wildcats were aided by a passed ball and a Raider error that allowed the Whitko to take a 10-8 lead.
The Raiders closed to within one at 10-9 with a run in the top of the sixth, but the Wildcats sealed the win with two runs in the bottom of the inning to account for the final 12-9 score.