By: Jake Hood
Photos By: Kaitlyn Hungerford
Wilson Central was defeated by Mt. Juliet at home on March 26 by a score of 5-3.
It was the opening of rivalry week for the Wildcats and the Bears. Wilson Central was coming off a two-game win streak, and the Bears had lost their last two games. The pitching matchup was set, Matthew Jenkinson taking on Tennessee-commit Grayson Cole. With the attendance that the game drew, it seemed to be an intense night.
The Wildcats jumped out to an early 1-0 lead, gaining momentum in the bottom of the first. However, the Bears answered in the top of the second with 3 runs, and they then silenced Wilson Central until the sixth inning, adding on a run in the third and fourth. This gave the Bears a 5-1 lead until the sixth inning. In the bottom of the sixth, the Wildcats came back with 2 runs, shifting the momentum back in their direction. The Wildcats had blanked the Bears in the fifth and sixth innings, and they did the same in the seventh. All that was left for a Wilson Central walk-off victory was 3 runs.
The bottom of the seventh was very tense. Warren Lee had allowed the bases to be loaded with two outs. The Wildcats were a double away from at least extra innings, but Lee was able to close the game on a full count strikeout.
The Wildcats fought hard throughout the game, the Bears were just able to capitalize on a few big hits that knocked in runs. Matthew Jenkinson threw the first four innings of the game, and Gary Denton and Blaine Mabry combined for the remaining three. Gabe Jennings led the Wildcats with a pair of clutch hits, and McKane Everett was walked three times. Grayson Cole fanned 10 batters in his 5-inning start, and Colton Regen and Lee threw the remaining two.
The Wildcats fall to 7-4 (2-1), as they travel to Mount Juliet on March 27 for the final game of the 2-game series. Gametime 7:00pm