Saturday, May 6, 2017
Seneca High School
Mid-Carolina High School
The Bobcats advance to the Upper State Championship, and in the driver’s seat, with a 7-2 victory over Mid-Carolina in Prosperity on Saturday. Seneca struck first in the top of the first. After walks by Matthew Burgess and Tristen Hudson, Walker Lathrop hit a rope down the 3rd base line for 2 out RBI single. Mid-Carolina answered with 2 runs of their own in the bottom of the inning. Then with 1 out in the top of the 2nd, Riley Fletcher stepped up and hammered the first pitch he saw over the left center wall to tie the game up at 2. The game would remain there for 3 more innings before the Bobcats would bust it up and seal the win.
After Lathrop walked to lead off the top of the 6th, Coleman Smith laid down a bunt to move him to 2nd. Petey Ridley then hit a ball off the left center wall for a double, which advanced Lathrop to 3rd. Then with runners on 2nd and 3rd and 1 out, Fletcher came up big again, and broke the tie, with a line drive to center field, scoring Lathrop from 3rd. Senior, Cayde Hamilton followed with a line drive to center of his own to score Trent Stegall who was running for Ridley. Furman Wilson walked, and then a single by Burgess loaded the bases for Jack Fassino. The junior 3rd baseman did what he has done all year long for the Cats and drove a ball deep into the right center gap for a bases clearing triple.
The 5 run 6th would prove to be more than enough for starting pitcher Tristen Hudson. The senior righty settled in after giving up to in the first to keep the Rebels off the scoreboard. Hudson allowed 6 hits, and 2 runs in 6 innings of work, while striking out 7. Coleman Smith was the anchor out of the pen for Seneca in the 7th. Smith did what he has done all year long, and tossed a perfect inning to clinch the win.
Mid-Carolina defeated Powdersville 4-3 Monday night in a elimination game. With the win, the Rebels will have to travel to Seneca to play for the Upper State Championship. The Rebels will have to try to beat the Bobcats twice Wednesday night, to keep Seneca from winning the Upper State Championship. The first pitch is scheduled for 5 pm, with Game 2 to immediately follow if necessary.