With one week remaining in the regular season, the Robert F. Munroe Bobcats saw their overall record increase to 18-3 with wins over District 1-2A foe Tallavana and Holmes County. The Tallavana victory also left the Bobcats a perfect 6-0 in district play, with the season-ending tournament looming in Aucilla in two weeks.
“We’re happy to be where we are,” said Coach Jayme Williams, “but the record doesn’t mean anything in the district tournament; one loss could be the difference in finishing second or going home early. We need to be playing our best ball here at the end of the regular season.”
Munroe appeared to be doing just that against Tallavana, as the home-standing Bobcats defeated the Lions 16-0 Tuesday evening. Stephen Miller and Bradley Klees combined to shut out Tallavana and limited them to two hits while combining to strike out nine. Miller got the win to improve to 2-0 for the season. The Bobcats pounded out 11 hits, led by Myles Edwards, Klees and Kyle Skipper with two each. Edwards also drove in four runs.
On Friday, the Bobcats traveled east to Bonifay, where they found an inspired team of Blue Devils awaiting them.
“They really played well against us,” said Williams, “which is what you expect from a program that has the tradition that theirs does. Their pitcher gave us trouble early, but we were able to get to him after the first time through the order. We were tested and responded.”
The Bobcats jumped out to an early 3-0 lead after the first inning, most of it coming on a two-RBI single by Casey Mathers. Holmes County would cut into the lead with a solo homer by catcher Chase Forehand and eventually take a 4-3 lead after scoring three more in the bottom of the fourth. The lead was short-lived, however, as second-baseman Will Harris drove in Bradley Klees and Mathers with a double to reclaim the advantage in the top of the fifth. From there, the Bobcats would shut out the Blue Devils and escape with the 5-4 decision. Mathers gained the win in relief, as he replaced starter Myles Edwards in the fourth, striking out five and yielding only one hit. Offensively, Munroe was led by Mathers (two singles, two RBIs), Harris (double, two RBIs), and Klees (double, RBI).
Barring inclement weather, the Bobcats were on track to conclude their regular season with games against Wewahitchka at home April 14, at Maclay on April 15 and back at home for the season finale at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 17, against Westwood. The District 1-2A tournament will begin Tuesday, April 22, at Aucilla Christian.