The week started out well enough for the Bobcat baseball team as they easily defeated county rival Tallavana 26-4 on Tuesday. Things changed in Aucilla on Thursday and at home against John Paul II on Friday, with the Bobcats dropping the consecutive district matchups.
“We’ve got to learn at some point to stop doing the things that keep us from winning,” said Bobcat Coach Chris Warfel. “Both district games featured a variety of mental mistakes that ultimately kept us from having a chance. We’re young; we know that, but we can’t use that as an excuse forever. We have to grow beyond it sometime. Part of it is team leadership. We need some of our older guys to step up and be positive leaders for us. When that happens, we’ll begin to be a much better and consistent ball club!”
RFM 26 – Tallavana 4
The Bobcats dominated the game from start to finish, besting the Lion of Tallavana. Junior lefty Stephen Miller got the win on the mound in his first start for RFM, striking out four and yielding only one hit, and was bolstered by good relief work by fellow junior Jacob Williams (three strike-outs, two hits) and sophomore Bo Bailey (one strike-out, no hits).
Offensively, RFM was led by Max Baroody and Bradley Klees with three hits each. Bo Bailey, Vince Fioramanti, Will Harris, Gene Pfund and Stephen Miller each added two hits to round out the 17-hit outburst.
Tallavana, resuming baseball for the first time in several years, was led by Issac Sutton’s solo homer.
RFM 4 – Aucilla 10
RFM dropped their second district game of the season and their second to rival Aucilla Christian on Thursday. The home-standing Warriors outhit the Bobcats 11 to 6 and were led by Russell Fraleigh’s three hits and two RBI’s. Stephen Miller and Bradley Klees had three and two hits respectively, with Klees driving in two runs.
Sophomore Casey Mathers took the loss for the Bobcats, who fell to 3-2 in district play. RFM played solidly in the field on batted balls, but were victimized by throwing errors on three pick-off attempts.
RFM 6 – John Paul II 9
The Bobcats roared to a 6-0 lead in the fourth inning on the strength of two-RBI hits by Bradley Klees’ and Will Harris. Until that point, RFM’s pitcher, junior Myles Edwards, and the defense had been solid, limiting JPII to two hits and no runs; however, all that changed in the top of the fifth as Edwards had trouble finding the strike zone and JPII played small ball with the bases loaded and squeezed in three of the six runs they scored to knot the score at 6-6.
JPII would go on to score three more runs over the final two innings and ride the pitching of reliever Marshall Moyle, who shut out the Bobcats for the remainder of the game.