Coming in to pitch in the top of the 6th with two on and no outs, freshman Josh Spears recorded a save when he got the Wildcats out of a jam, allowing only one of the runners to score. Spears pitched the 7th, shutting down the Go-Devils as J.T. Fisher ended the game with a great sliding catch in center field. Braxton Bennett was the winning pitcher for the ‘Cats, giving up 4 runs over five innings.
At the plate, Spears was 2-for-3 with two singles, a run scored and an RBI. Fisher was 1-for-3 with a double, a walk, a run scored and two RBI. Lance Carr was 1-for-3 with a single. Thompson was 1-for-3 with a single and a run scored. Dillard was 1-for-3 with a single and a run scored. Bennett was 1-for-2 with an RBI single. Calhoun was 1-for-2 with a single, a walk and a run scored. Ty Finley was 0-for-2 with a walk.
The Wildcats will return to action at 6:30 p.m. Monday when they face Corning in the semifinals at Harding University’s Jerry Moore Field. The Bobcats defeated Shiloh Christian 3-2 on Saturday.
The final game of the 3A state tournament is scheduled for 12:30 Saturday the 17th in Fayetteville at Baum Stadium, home field of the Arkansas Razorbacks.