Wildcats take playoffs 3 rounds deep

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Carol Cox

The Wildcat baseball team will be advancing to the regional game.

The Wildcats lost to the Lindsay Knights in a series for the Regional Quarter Final Championship May 20-21 after defeating Dodd City in the area round. Closing district with a win against Petrolia, the baseball team opened their playoff season playing Olney on May 6-7.

“I thought there were times that our heads weren’t in it, causing us to lose,” assistant Coach Tyler Owen said. “The were some players that stepped up when their number was called upon.”

The Wildcats won the first game in the series 8-5, lost the second 9-10 and then came back and won the third 7-3, moving them to play in the area baseball game.

“When teams get this far in the playoffs, there seems to be no easy way out,” coach Owen said.

The teams goal is to make it farther than last year.

“Our goal is to make it farther than last year,” sophomore Trey Strickland said. “Or go even bigger and make it to state.”

Senior Tyler Diaz has the same plan.

I thought there were times that our heads weren’t in it, causing us to lose, there were some players that stepped up when their number was called upon.”

— Coach Tyler Owen

“Making it farther than last year would be great,” Diaz said, “but making it to state would be a dream.”

The Wildcats will be losing four starting seniors.

“We will lose a pretty big part of our team,” sophomore Chris Dagley said. “We will lose our first basemen, pitcher, shortstop, and our center fielder.

The seniors include Brady Kyle, Clayton Hargis, Owen Molini, and Tyler Diaz. Kyle describes the freshman to have stepped up this year in times of need.

“Conner Byrd played really good defense at third base and gave us another pitcher,” Kyle said. “Gavin Morris started hitting well when it came to playoffs.”

Freshman Colten Knobloch talked about his experiences being a freshman this year.

“When the freshman come up next year, I plan to show them around and make them feel like a part of the team,” Knobloch said. “That’s what the team did with me this year.”