Bobcats on winning streak
The Blue Ridge Early College baseball team is riding a five-game winning streak after defeating the Swain County Maroon Devils 7-6 last Friday in Cashiers.
The win was the second in a week against the team from Bryson City, but the Bobcats’ home victory required a little more defense than the 6-3 March 29 road win.
Blue Ridge jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the second, but Swain County started to chip away at it at the top of the third — scoring two runs and kicking off four straight innings of sending at least one runner across home plate. Blue Ridge scored three runs of its own in the fourth and fifth innings, but the Maroon Devils closed the gap to one run in the top of the sixth (7-6). The Bobcats shut down Swain County’s offensive spark in the top of the seventh to seal the deal.
Senior Hunter Stewart led Blue Ridge’s momentum at the plate in the win, going 2-for-3 with three RBIs. Junior Zachary Hall was 2-for-4 with two RBIs, junior Wyatt Holden was 1-for-3 with an RBI and senior Michael Jennings was 2-for-4.
Prior to the game against the Maroon Devils, the Bobcats demolished the Andrews Wildcats on April 5 in Cashiers, winning 15-2 in five innings. The victory followed an April 4 game at Andrews that saw Blue Ridge win 8-1.
In the April 5 contest, senior Christopher Dillard was 2-for-3 with four RBIs; Jennings was 2-for-2 with three RBIs; junior Austin Mireles was 2-for-3 with three RBIs; Hall was 1-for-3 with two RBIs; and Holden was 1-for-1 with an RBI. On the mound, Jennings picked up the win, pitching all five innings — striking out five and allowing one earned run on four hits.
On April 4, Jennings was 2-for-2 with a homerun and four RBIs and Hall was 1-for-4 with an RBI. On the mound, Dillard got the win, pitching a complete game — striking out nine and allowing no earned runs on five hits.
The Bobcats, 6-2 overall and in the Smoky Mountain Conference, have one game this week — a 4:30 p.m. Friday contest at Rosman.
Lady Bobcats compete
The Blue Ridge Early College softball team fell to 0-8 last week with a pair of losses against Andrews and a defeat at the hands of Swain County High School.
The Lady Bobcats fell to the Lady Devils 16-2 last Friday at home, and 17-4 and 11-2 to Andrews on April 5 and 4, respectively. The four runs in the April 5 contest were a season high.
Blue Ridge will square off against Rosman at 4:30 p.m. Friday on the road.