The Woodland Bobcats got their season underway Monday with a 5-4 victory against the RCHS Tigers. The win for the Bobcats prevented the RCHS Tigers from winning their fifth straight season opening game.
Woodland trailed all game until the bottom of the seventh and final inning when they scored a pair of runs. The winning run came on Jackson Lovvorn's walk off single. Benji Whitmore drove home the tying run earlier that inning, then came around to score the winning run for the Bobcats.
Whitmore finished 2-for-3 at the plate with a double and two RBI. Ethan Copeland also had a double, two hits and two walks for Woodland.
Dalton Bolan got the start on the mound for the Bobcats. He gave up three hits and four runs in his four innings on the hill. Bolan also racked up five strikeouts. Copeland replaced Bolan and allowed no hits and no runs over the final three innings and earned the win. He racked up nine strikeouts to give the Bobcats an impressive 14 total strikeouts.
RCHS only managed three hits and four runs. The Tigers put four pitchers on the mound throughout the game. J.D. Till, Bryson Laney, Nick Sims, and Braxton Daniel combined to allow seven hits and five runs. The quartet managed to strike out six batters during the game.
Valley 11, Handley 0
The Handley Tigers baseball team struggled in their season opener against Valley. Valley eighth-grader Jackson Sanders no-hit the Tigers in the first start of his varsity career as Valley came away with an 11-0 win.
Leading 2-0, Valley went on an offensive assault, scoring eight runs in the third inning against Handley pitcher Brantley Richardson. Handley finally escaped the inning when Riley Owens pulled a nifty pickoff move for the third out.
Valley scored their final run in the bottom of the fourth inning to seal the victory.
Handley’s next baseball game is scheduled for Feb. 25. They will be looking to earn their first win of the season against Heard County at home.