Whitko wins one, loses one at invite

SYRACUSE — Whitko’s baseball team participated in Wawasee’s invitational Saturday in Syracuse.The Wildcats lost their first game to Heritage, 11-9, but won the second game over Churubusco 13-9.In the first game, Heritage took a 6-0 lead in the first three innings before Whitko’s bats got warmed up in the bottom of the third.The Wildcats scored four runs in the frame, with Riley Cokl crossing home plate first, courtesy of an RBI single by Ryan Weigold.Weigold and teammate Colin Nicodemus were batted in off a double by Austin Mort to score the second and third runs.Mort was the last player of the inning to score off a single by Wes Gensch.After another run by Heritage in the top of the sixth frame, the Wildcats faced a 7-4 deficit in the final innings.Cokl and Colin Nicodemus scored off a fielding error by the Patriot second baseman to cut the deficit to one.But Heritage fired back with two more runs in the seventh to make the final score, 9-6.Alex Stoddard pitched six innings with eight strikeouts, three walks, nine hits, six errors and seven runs.Weigold closed the final inning with two strikeouts, while giving up two hits and two runs.Whitko won the second game after a threatening third inning by ’Busco, which scored four runs to tie the score at five.Stoddard, Cokl, Gensch, Zach Snep, Brandon Carpenter and Avery Robbins all scored in the fifth and sixth frames to make the final score 12-5.Stoddard recorded three runs in the second game, along with an RBI and stolen base. Ethan Nicodemus scored a run, RBI and stolen base. Gensch pitched all seven innings, with four strike-outs, gave up two walks and nine hits.