SOUTH WHITLEY — In a county-rivalry game against Churubusco, Whitko defeated the Eagles 10-6.
The Wildcats advance to 5-1 on the season while Churubusco drops to 2-3.
Alex Stoddard led Whitko with 4-for-4 batting, scoring three runs with an RBI.
“Stoddard was huge out of the lead-off spot, reaching base all five times,” Whitko Head Coach Erik Hisner said. “We had a lot of guys to a lot of little things tonight to help us earn this victory.”
Ryan Weigold and Zach Snep were each 2-for-4 for the ’Cats. Leading Churubusco with Brent Simmons with 3-for-3 from the plate, scoring four runs. Teammate Jay Petrie was 2-for-3 with three RBIs.
For the first three innings, it was a battle between Whitko’s Stoddard and ’Busco’s Simmons. Stoddard was the first to score, brought in by a sacrifice fly by Ethan Nicodemus.
The Eagles retaliated in the bottom of the first, as Simmons scored from a wild pitch. Stoddard found home plate again in the third inning after a Churubusco error, making the score 2-1.
Simmons tied the score again of a single from Petrie. Though Stoddard didn’t score for Whitko in the fourth, he batted in teammate Josh Kessie to take a 3-2 advantage.
Whitko pulled away with the lead in the fifth, as Weigold, Snep and Avery Robbins all scored to give the ’Cats a 6-2 lead.
Kody Poyser and Simmons each found home plate for the Eagles to tie the score at 6-6.
“Even with a 6-3 lead going into the bottom of the sixth, I knew it would be tough to close them out,” Hisner said. “You have to give their kids a lot of credit. That was a great comeback.”
The Wildcats tore the game open in the seventh, as Stoddard scored and batted in teammate Trevor Bauer, Robbins scored his second run and Hunter Sroufe took advantage of a Churubusco error, making the final score 10-6.
Wyatt Wolf was Whitko’s lead-off pitcher, throwing for four innings with two strikeouts. He gave up four walks, four hits and two errors.
“Wyatt gave us a gutsy performance on the mound by pitching into the fifth inning on a night when he didn’t feel his best,” Hisner said. “He gave us a chance to win, and I’m really proud of the way he competed.”
Robbins took the mound for an inning, giving up two runs, two errors, two walks and a hit, but striking out one. “Avery did a great job in relief to get us out of a jam in the bottom of the fifth inning,” Hisner said.
Weigold ended the game as the winning pitcher. Howell pitched first for Churubusco, giving up six runs, four errors, seven hits and three walks, while striking out three.
Corey Sarrazin was the losing pitcher for ’Busco, giving up three runs with three errors and four walks. He struck out two.
“That was a good win for our ball club,” Hisner said. Whitko is back in action today for a double header against Garrett.