Whitko uses big 1st inning to win 13-3

SOUTH WHITLEY — Putting up six runs in the first inning makes the game of baseball a lot easier. The Whitko Wildcats did just that and never looked back, taking a 13-3, five-inning win over the visiting West Noble Chargers Monday evening.The Chargers got on the board in the top of the first, benefiting from a leadoff single, an error and a wild pitch that let the runner score from third. Wildcat pitcher Zach Snep settled down, recording a strikeout, picking off a runner, and closing out the Chargers with another strikeout.After giving up that run to the Chargers in the top of the first inning, the Wildcats used timely hitting and patience at the plate to put up six first-inning runs. Tanner Gaff drew a walk, and went to second on a passed ball. Ethan Nicodemus was hit by a pitch to give the Wildcats two base runners. Another walk loaded the bases for the Wildcats. Snep helped his own cause with a two-run single that scored Gaff and Nicodemus. A walk to Avery Robbins loaded the bases again, and left fielder Hunter Sroufe deliverd with a double that scored two more Wildcats. A single by Wyatt Wolf plated two more Wildcats to give the hosts a 6-1 lead at the end of the first inning.To read the rest of this story, see the April 16 issue of The Post and Mail. Don't have a subscription? Call (260) 244-5153 or subscribe to our e-edition. For breaking news, sports updates and additional coverage, bookmark the homepage and find us on facebook and twitter.