Baseball squad notches two wins
by Randy Capitani
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Twin Valley’s Lucas Messing makes contact during the Wildcats’ loss to Green Mountain Thursday.
Twin Valley’s Lucas Messing makes contact during the Wildcats’ loss to Green Mountain Thursday.
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WILMINGTON- The Twin Valley High School varsity baseball team picked up its second win of the season Wednesday afternoon, knocking off Woodstock 6-4 at Baker Field.

The game was a complete reversal of the school’s first game two weeks ago, when Wildcat pitchers issued 19 walks in an 18-3 loss to the Wasps. In this most recent outing, no bases on balls were issued by starter Ethan Fox or closer Joey Rafus.

Fox pitched six innings, allowing only four runs. He gave up three runs in the fifth and one run in the sixth. Rafus pitched a clean seventh inning to record the save.

“Ethan had four innings where he threw 13 or fewer pitches,” said Twin Valley coach Brian Monroe. “He did his job and so did the fielders behind him.”

At the dish, Lucas Messing went 2 for 3 with three runs scored. Skyler Boyd added a 2 for 2 effort with three runs batted in, and Fox also helped himself at the plate, going 3 for 4. James McGovern had the day’s clutch hit, rapping a fourth inning, two-out double to drive in two runs and put the Wildcats ahead 6-0.

The Wildcats are back in action today, hosting Leland & Gray at Baker Field. On Monday, May 15, they travel to Arlington to take on the Eagles. Game times are 4:30 pm.

TV 12, Proctor 7

PROCTOR- Solid pitching and timely hitting helped the Twin Valley baseball team earn its first victory of the season, a 12-7 win Monday afternoon over the host Phantoms.

The Wildcats received efficient pitching from four hurlers. Joey Rafus started and went two innings. He was followed by Allen Cole (2 1/3), James McGovern (1 1/3), and Ethan Fox (1 1/3). The four pitchers combined to hold Proctor to seven runs, giving up an unearned run in the second inning, one run in the fifth, four two-out runs in the sixth, and one run in the seventh.

Twin Valley used big innings in the fifth and sixth, notching five and three runs to put the game away. They also scored one run in the second inning, two in the third, and one in the seventh.

Eighth-grader Jordan Warner went 1 for 2 at the plate, with three runs scored. McGovern was 2 for 2 with four runs batted in.

“It was great to bounce back with the enthusiasm we showed today,” said Wildcat coach Brian Monroe. “We will look to continue to make strides in the right direction. As a team we need to continue to have focused, positive energy.”

GM 18, TV 2

WILMINGTON- The Twin Valley Wildcats hosted Green Mountain at Baker Field on Thursday, May 4, and came up on the short end of an 18-2 score.

“We just didn’t bring it today,” said Twin Valley coach Brian Monroe. “We didn’t control the things that we can control and that started us off on the wrong foot.”

The Wildcats spotted the Chieftains an early lead that was all they needed to cruise to the win. Green Mountain scored seven runs in the first, with only two hits. The Chieftains were helped by walks from Wildcat starter Joey Rafus, along with some suspect play in the field.

Twin Valley made an effort to get back into the game. They loaded the bases with no outs in the bottom half of the first inning. But Green Mountain starter Mack Walton was able to work out of the jam and the Wildcats were unable to score.

Twin Valley broke through in the bottom of the second inning. This time, they were able to push two runs across the plate. Troy Felisko singled in Jordan Warner for the first tally. Alex Kurucz scored when Lucas Messing drew a bases-loaded walk. But again, Walton was able to minimize the damage and Green Mountain escaped with a 7-2 lead.

Ethan Fox relieved Rafus in the third inning, as the Wildcats shut down a Chieftain rally. But Green Mountain dinged Fox for a run in the third, then broke the game open with a 10-run top of the fifth. Meanwhile, the Chieftain pitchers held the Wildcats scoreless for the rest of the game.

Troy Felisko was a bright spot for the Wildcats at the plate, going 2 for 3 with an RBI.

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