After seeing their unbeaten streak end with two losses in Jacksonville, the Bobcats of Robert F. Munroe started a new winning streak with victories over district foe Tallavana and interstate rival Brookwood (Thomasville, Ga.) this past week.
“We’re happy to get back on the winning track,” said Bobcat Head Coach Jayme Williams. “We learned a lot about ourselves in the PTown Classic and got an opportunity to put it to use this week.”
Against Tallavana, the Bobcats’ mantra was to stay focused, as they played without senior starters Stephen Miller and Myles Edwards who were in Colorado on their senior trip.
“I was pleased with our focus and approach to the game,” said Williams. “We played a lot of the younger kids and made no errors, so it was a good team experience. Tallavana was young, but they played very hard. They’ll get where they want to be pretty soon.”
The Bobcats pounded out 20 hits with nine players getting in the book in the 28-0 victory. Casey Mathers led the team with four hits and Bradley Klees blasted a grand slam in the offensive outburst. Both players accumulated six RBIs each. Junior starter Nolan Haire pitched two innings to earn the win. Fellow juniors Will Harris (two innings) and Klees (one inning) pitched the remainder. The trio held the Lions hitless and scoreless, striking out 12 (Haire 6 K, Harris 4 K, Klees 2 K) and walking four. With the win, the Bobcats improved to 3-0 in district play.
Against Brookwood, the Bobcats welcomed back Miller and Edwards, but the focus they needed was nowhere to be found early on, as Munroe kicked the ball around (three errors) and quickly found themselves on the bottom end of a 5-0 score midway through the fourth inning. “We looked just like we did against Palatka (7-0 loss),” said Williams. “We didn’t act like we were ready to play and Brookwood is too good a team to start against so unfocused.”
To compound matters, the Bobcats were unable to get anything going offensively against Brookwood starter Bradley Clark, who yielded only three hits and struck out six in six innings.
“We couldn’t get anything going early on,” said Williams, “but this team is resilient if nothing else. We kept plugging and started chipping away, making plays in the field and finally hitting the ball, and we were able to come back and win it in the ninth.”
After scoring three in the seventh to tie the game, two of which came in on a double by Will Harris, the Bobcats loaded the bases in the ninth before reliever Cale Deese walked Nolan Haire to give Munroe the 6-5 win. Offensively, the Bobcats were led by Harris’ three hits, two RBIs and two runs. Stephen Miller added two hits and Bradley Klees drove in two runs with a key single. On the mound, junior starter Casey Mathers went five innings before turning things over to Harris, who finished the game and earned the win. Harris scattered four hits and fanned four while yielding no runs.
The Bobcats were slated to return to action Tuesday, April 1, against district rival Aucilla and the busy week continues with a match up against The Bearcats of Bainbridge, Ga., on Thursday and another district game with FAMU on Friday. All games are on the road. “We’ll be tested this week,” said Williams, “but I expect us to be on our game. We are getting into an important part of the season.”