Bobcats start season with 1 win, 2 losses

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RFM 5 – Maclay 8
The Munroe Bobcats opened their 2013 regular season Feb. 13 with an 8-5 defeat at the hands of the rival Marauders of Maclay School.  The game was originally scheduled for Tuesday, but was postponed for a day due to inclement weather. 
The Bobcats jumped out to an early 2-0 lead, but quickly found themselves behind 4-0 at the end of the first.  Maclay would add four more runs throughout the course of the game.  RFM rallied for two runs in the top of the last inning, but saw the game end with the bases loaded for the final margin of 8-5.

Despite the setback, first-year Bobcat head coach Chris Warfel found several things to be pleased with.  “Our pitchers did well when they worked ahead in the count, and we showed glimpses of what we can do offensively.  I really like this team’s work ethic.”

For the night, the Bobcats sent three to the mound: starter Andrew Higdon and relievers Will Harris and Sean Newton.  Each pitched well overall, and the trio scattered nine hits.  Offensively, the Bobcats were led by Casey Mathers with two hits and Myles Edwards, Bradley Klees and Stephen Miller with one hit each.

RFM 7 – Godby 4
The Bobcats won their first game of the season against the Cougars of Godby High School by the score of 7-4.  RFM rode the arms of starting pitcher Casey Mathers (five innings, six strike-outs) and reliever Myles Edwards (three strike-outs) to post the victory. 

The Bobcats’ bats provided enough spark to keep the Cougars at bay.  Leading the way offensively were Bradley Klees, Colton McIntosh and Stephen Miller with two hits each.  Andrew Higdon and Sean Newton each drove in a run for the Bobcats.

“I was very pleased with the pitching tonight,” said Warfel.  “Mathers showed a lot of grit out there, and Myles Edwards came in and struck out the side for the save.  We played well enough in the field to go along with our offense to get the win.  I’m proud of the way this team battled.  We’re starting to find ourselves.” 

RFM 1 – Rickards 12
What a difference a day makes.  After getting their first win of the season, the Bobcats struggled on the mound, at the plate, and in the field as they were spanked by the Raiders of Rickards High School 12-1.  Raider’s sophomore righty Kasey Reese struck out 13 Bobcat batters en route to the complete game victory.

“Playing three days in a row really stretched our pitching staff,” said Warfel.  “We’re still trying to develop some depth in that area, and we got exposed a little this evening.  It didn’t help that we kicked it around in the field and only had one hit for the night.  But we’re still growing.  We’ll rebound.  Give Rickards and their starting pitcher all the credit; they played a great game!”

On the night, the Bobcats sent four pitchers to the mound, beginning with starter Myles Edwards and continuing with relievers Jacob Williams, Max Baroody, and Bradley Klees.  The staff would surrender nine hits and seven walks.
“Even though we struggled, it was good to get these guys some time on the mound,” said Warfel.  “It shows us what we need to work on and will certainly help as we get further into the season.”

The Bobcats were slated to play East Gadsden at home at  6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19.