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Munroe blanks Aucilla, bests Brookwood

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One was an important match-up with a district foe and heated rival. 

The other was simply a chance to play another good team with nothing really on the line but a chance to better the record. 

The outcomes would have made you think just the opposite were true as the Munroe Bobcats buried district foe Aucilla 9-0, out-hitting the visiting Warriors 13-3 in doing so. 

But the Brookwood game, moved to Saturday afternoon due to rain  Friday, required the Bobcats to scratch and claw their way to a 2-2 tie at the end of regulation before scoring two runs in the ninth and holding off their hosts in the bottom of the frame for a 4-3 final. 

“These were two really good games for our team,” said Bobcat Coach Jayme Williams. “We really hit the ball well against Aucilla and got a good game from our starting pitcher Casey Mathers, who went the distance for the win. Brookwood was another story! We faced a couple of good pitchers who really stifled us early on. We got a good effort again from our pitchers that allowed us to stay close. Nolan Haire pitched well for seven and Stephen Miller came in and finished strong. We got a couple of runs in the ninth and our defense allowed us to close it out.”

Against Aucilla, the Bobcats had four players with two or more hits. Stephen Miller led the way with three hits, followed by Casey Mathers, Myles Edwards and Will Harris with two each. 

Cole Skipper, Bradley Klees, Bo Bailey and Nolan Haire each added a hit. 

Mathers struck out eight and held Aucilla to three hits in running his record to 4-0 on the year. 

The hits were harder to come by against Brookwood as Munroe only managed six over the nine innings. 

Stephen Miller again led the way with two, but the biggest came from Bradley Klees and Johnny Walkup, whose clutch ninth-inning hits both produced RBIs to give the Bobcats a two-run lead they would eventually hold. 

Haire threw well for seven innings, striking out six, allowing two hits and two runs. 

Miller came on for the final two and held on for the win, fanning two and yielding one run.

After running their record to 9-0, the Bobcats were scheduled to be quickly back in action for their second matchup with Franklin County at home this past Monday before traveling to Camilla (Ga.) on Thursday, March 13, for an inaugural meeting with Westwood. 

“We’re glad to be where we are, but realize that we can’t rest,” said Williams. 

“We’ve got a lot of baseball to go against some good teams. We need to keep working to get better. There’s still room to i

mprove.”