Wildcats hold 9-1 record
As of Thursday, Aug. 31, the Cooter Wildcats fall baseball team owned a solid record of 9 wins and one loss. The ‘Cats began the 2017 fall campaign with an 18-0 drubbing of Southland Friday, Aug. 18. Dalton Barron and Christian Gunnels smacked a triple apiece, and Jacob Watkins and Chris Crowder had a single each. Layton Robinson got the win, striking out four and allowing two hits in three innings. Preston Hatch finished on the hill, tossing one inning of no-hit ball, striking out two.
The next day, Saturday, Aug. 19, Cooter whopped Naylor, recording a big 13-2 win. The Wildcats collected 12 hits in the win, led by Lane McLevain with a double and single. Smacking two singles each were Jacob Watkins, Dalton Barron, Dylan Smelley and Zach Pendergrass. Dawson Treat and Hayes Austin added one hit apiece for the ‘Cats. As for pitching duties, Treat got the starting nod, hurling four innings of four-hit ball. He struck out nine and didn’t allow an earned run. Bronson Wicker served as closer, allowing one earned run off two hits and fanning one.
In the second game of the day against Naylor, the score was closer, but Cooter still cruised to their second win of the day, 12-7. In the batter’s box, Lane McLevain and Chris Crowder smacked three hits apiece. Dawson Treat and Zach Pendergrass scattered two hits each, while Dylan Smelley, Dalton Barron and Andy Carrillo had one hit each. On the hill, Christian Gunnels, Bronson Wicker, Preston Hatch and Dylan Smelley combined efforts for pitching duties. Gunnels and Wicker struck out three each, and Smelley fanned a pair of batters. Hatch recorded one strikeout.
Cooter defeated Delta C-7 Tuesday, Aug. 22 by a score of 17-2. Leading the ‘Cats’ hitting attack was Christian Gunnels with a triple and double. Dylan Smelley belted a double and single, as Dawson Treat smacked a pair of singles. Dalton Barron and Jacob Watkins blasted a double apiece. Chris Crowder ripped a home run, and Bryson Plunkett added a single for the Wildcats. On the mound, Layton Robinson hurled three innings for the Wildcats, striking out four and allowing one earned run off just two hits. Pitching the final two innings was Andy Carrillo, fanning four batters and allowing no hits.
Cooter blanked Southland 16-0 Friday, Aug. 25. Dalton Barron paced the ‘Cats at the plate with a double and homer. Dawson Treat, Christian Gunnels and Dylan Smelley smacked two hits each. Jacob Watkins, Zach Pendergrass and Layton Robinson had a hit each for Cooter. Getting the start on the hill for the Wildcats was Dawson Treat. Other pitchers were Preston Hatch and Andy Carrillo. All three recorded three strikeouts apiece. Bryson Plunkett pitched the final inning. The Wildcats did not allow a hit in the shutout.
Finding themselves in their toughest game of the season, Cooter edged out Plato, Mo., 7-6, Saturday, Aug. 26. At the plate, Lane McLevain ripped two doubles. Dalton Barron had two hits, and Dawson Treat blasted a double. Other hitters were Christian Gunnels, Jacob Watkins and Zach Pendergrass, adding a hit apiece for the ‘Cats in the victory. As for Wildcat pitching, Dylan Smelley pitched 4 1/3 innings, giving up two hits and four earned runs. Treat closed, tossing 2 2/3 innings of one-hit ball, fanning three.
In their second Saturday game, Cooter soundly defeated Belle 12-0. Christian Gunnels and Zach Pendergrass unleashed a hitting barrage, recording three hits each. Dalton Barron had a double, while Jacob Watkins, Dylan Smelley and Hayes Austin helped the ‘Cats with a single apiece. Gunnels, Layton Robinson and Watkins sharing pitching duties, with Robinson pitching four innings. He did not allow a hit.
Cooter defeated Southland 10-0 Monday, Aug. 28 at Cardwell. Having a monster day in the batter’s box with three doubles was Christian Gunnels. Jacob Watkins smashed a double and single, and Zach Pendergrass recorded a pair of hits. Dawson Treat, Lane McLevain and Hayes Austin added one hit each for Cooter. Andy Carrillo got the starting nod for the ‘Cats, putting in three innings of work, striking out four and allowing one hit. Bryson Plunkett pitched an inning, striking out three, and Luke Perkins tossed one inning of no-hit ball, fanning two batters.
On Tuesday, Aug. 29, the ‘Cats beat Gideon 10-0. Pacing Cooter at the plate was Dawson Treat with a double and single. Dylan Smelley smacked a pair of hits, and Jacob Watkins ripped a double. Other hitters were Christian Gunnels, Lane McLevain, Zach Pendegrass and Layton Robinson. Treat went the distance for Cooter, striking out eight and allowing one hit.
Cooter suffered their first loss of the season against Egyptian in Tamms, Ill., Wednesday, Aug. 30. Cooter outhit Egyptian 8-5, led by Chris Crowder and Dalton Barron with a pair of hits each. Jacob Watkins, Lane McLevain, Dylan Smelley and Zach Pendergrass had one hit apiece in the loss. Several Wildcats took to the mound, but Bronson Wicker rose to the top. Wicker pitched four innings and struck out five batters, allowing just one hit and no earned runs.