Cadets top Wildcats 8-2
BEVERLY – Terren Huck and Derek Layton each knocked in a pair of runs in the fourth inning to lead the Fort Frye Cadets to a come-from-behind 8-2 victory Tuesday night against the visiting arch rival Waterford Wildcats.
Huck and Layton each came up with clutch two-out, two-run base hits in a four-third inning that saw the Cadets turn a turn run deficit into a two run lead.
“Terren (Huck) and Derek (Layton) both came up with crucial base hits and RBIs and gave us some breathing room,” said Cadet head coach Sonny Bidwell. “It was a good piece of hitting by both of them.”
The Cats jumped out to the early lead when they scored a first inning run off of Fort Frye starting pitcher Bradley Martin on consecutive base hits by Isaac Huffman, Cody Paxton and Clint Hayes.
The green and black played add on in the third when they manufactured a run against the Cadets.
With one out Huffman singled and then advanced all the way to third when he was running on a pitch from Martin that got away from catcher Drew Layton.
Paxton then grounded out to shortstop as Huffman crossed the plate to give Waterford a 2-0 lead.
Wildcat starting pitcher Devin Farley had breezed through the Cadet lineup with out a mark in the first two innings but ran into some early trouble in what proved to be a pivotal third inning.
Farley opened the inning by beaning his opposite number Martin with a pitch and sophomore Trent Bradford followed with a solid single to center.
Chandler Lang then hit a fly ball to short left field that resulted in a collision between the shortstop Hayes and left fielder Mitch Ginther.
Ginther made the diving catch but was forced to leave the game with what appeared to be a shoulder injury.
Isaac Klinger laid down a sacrifice bunt to move both Cadet runners into scoring position and Derek Layton followed with a game tying RBI double to left field.
The Cadets got a little help from a Waterford defense that committed four errors in the game when Colten Shuster reached base via a miscue and Huck took full advantage by connecting on a solid single to center field to score Layton and Shuster with the go-ahead runs.
“Every time we made a mistake, Fort Frye made us pay for it,” said Waterford head coach Chad Augenstein. “When you make a mistake they are going to capitalize on it and unfortunately we made a few of them tonight.”
After allowing the two early runs to Waterford, Martin settled down on the mound as he didn’t allow another hit in his three and two thirds innings of work.
Tanner Rice came onto relieve Martin in the top of the fourth and allowed just one hit and no runs as he pitched thru the sixth inning.
Farley kept the Wildcats in the game by keeping the Fort off the scoreboard in the fourth and fifth innings but the Cadets finally opened up some breathing room as they batted around in the sixth.
Martin doubled to begin the inning and moved to third when Bradford reached on another Wildcat fielding error.
A Farley wild pitch allowed Martin to score and Lang singled up the middle to plate Bradford with the sixth run of the game.
Lang went all the way to third on yet another Wildcat error on a pick off attempt and scored on a balk and Huck capped the scoring with an RBI single to make it an 8-2 game.
Shuster came on to finish the game on the mound for the Cadets in the seventh and the senior right hander set down Waterford in order to wrap up the 16th victory of the season for Fort Frye against just two losses.
“We came out a little sluggish at the beginning of the game,” said Bidwell. “Waterford played really well in the first couple of innings and we got behind but the kids made a good comeback and got the win.”
The loss was the sixth in a row for the Wildcats who are now 6-7 on the season.
The Cats are scheduled to return to action today when they travel to Eastern, while the Cadets will get a week off before taking on Belpre at Marietta’s Don Schaly Stadium next Tuesday.