By: Jake Hood
Wilson Central defeated St. John Paul II (TX) in their second game of the Panama City Beach Invitational by a score of 7-0.
After being held to a single hit by Hernando, Mississippi 24 hours earlier, the Wildcats were looking to put the bat on the ball early, and that they did. After a one-run top of the first, junior Nick Baker took the game to the mound. Shutting out the Centurions for 6 innings, he was able to record a trio of strikeouts and start off his season with a 0.67 WHIP. Gabe Jennings stole the show for the Wildcats’ offense, knocking in 4 runs on a pair of hits.
John Paul II was unable to string hits together, only tallying four on the day with just a few runners reaching scoring position. The Wildcats’ defense was much improved from the previous game against Hernando, assisting Baker and closer Blaine Mabry on sealing the shutout, moving the Cats up to 1-1 in the tournament.
Standing at 1-1 on the year, Wilson Central will take on Hillcrest (AL) at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday March 13, as they look to get over the .500 mark.