The Robert F. Munroe baseball team rode into spring break on a five-game winning streak.
They returned to drop their next four games.
Not exactly what they were expecting as they prepare to finish their district schedule this week with games Thursday on the road at 4 p.m. against district leader Aucilla (which is a make-up game from this past Friday) and home Friday at 6 p.m. against John Paul II.
Consistency in all phases of the game, which has been the story this season for the Bobcats, whose roster is dominated by underclassmen, was once more the story in the four defeats.
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The story of the first leg of a Monday night double-header was the visiting Hornets’ senior catcher Trent Jackson who belted three hits, including a grand slam in the fifth inning, and seven Bobcat errors in the field. The game was close until Cottondale erupted for five runs in the fifth inning to put the game out of reach.
Andrew Higdon took the loss on the mound for the Bobcats after relieving starter Casey Mathers to begin the fourth inning. RFM was led offensively by Bradley Klees, Will Harris, Joey Sloan and Myles Edwards with one hit each. Klees, Harris and Higdon each chipped in an RBI.
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Playing better in the field, the Bobcats succumbed to the long ball once more as the Hornets’ sophomore third-baseman Wesley Spooner blasted a three-run homer over the left field fence in the third inning to take the lead from the Bobcats. RFM would come back to tie the game in the bottom of the fourth, but the visitors from Jackson County would go on to score the go-ahead run in the top of the fifth.
The game ended at the conclusion of the fifth inning as RFM could not score.
Junior right-hander Myles Edwards went the distance for the Bobcats, striking out three and walking four. RFM was led at the plate by Sean Newton, Bradley Klees, Will Harris, Myles Edwards, Colton McIntosh and Stephen Miller with one hit each. Newton and Miller added an RBI.
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For the second time this season, Rickards’ sophomore Kaycee Reese got the better of the Bobcats, as he pitched seven innings, allowing seven hits and striking out seven RFM batters. Reese also led the Raiders at the plate with three hits (two doubles and a triple).
Sophomore Casey Mathers took the loss for the Bobcats after pitching five innings, striking out three and walking three. Offensively, the Bobcats were led by Bradley Klees and Myles Edwards with two hits (including one double) each. Adding one hit apiece were Joey Sloan (double), Andrew Higdon and Stephen Miller. Klees, Miller and Will Harris each added an RBI.
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After yielding three runs in the first inning, the Bobcats scored two in the fourth and one in the fifth to tie the game, but could not hang on as the visiting Gators plated three runs in the top of the seventh for the final margin of victory.
Two fielding errors led to bases loaded for the Gators, who first capitalized on a sharp grounder by reserve Bryan Harris through the right side of a drawn-in Bobcat infield.
RFM ended the game with two base runners stranded.
Andrew Higdon took the loss for the Bobcats, but pitched six strong innings, striking out five and allowing only three hits before being relieved by Bradley Klees in the seventh. RFM outhit Wewa 8-6 and were led by Will Harris’ two hits (double). Higdon, Klees, Bo Bailey, Casey Mathers, Myles Edwards and Stephen Miller each had a hit for the
“We came back flat after the break and paid for it,” said Bobcat Coach Chris Warfel. “We’ve lost some games this year in which we’ve had a late lead or been close, and we’ve got to figure out how to close them out, but that’s part of the learning curve. Too many fielding errors and base-running mistakes right now. We’ll keep working until we get it