Lions snatch victory from Wildcats

Just about the time Houlka thought they had their playoff berth secured, they watched it slip away to the bats of the Hamilton Lions. The Wildcats had to win over Hamilton by three runs to take the third place spot cleanly with no tie breakers or point differentials.
Hamilton went up by one in the first inning off McKellers Conwill’s RBI double but the Wildcats came right back in the bottom of the frame.
Tyreque Reed hit an RBI double to right field and Marquis Vance repeated it to left field for a 2-1 lead.
The Wildcats gained two more runs in the bottom of the third with Reed hitting a single, Vance hitting a double and Josh Clair sending them both home on a single to right field.
Johnathon Huffman singled in the fourth and a sac bunt moved him over. Huffman stole third and home to add another run and Titus White got the single to RBI Braxton Peden in the fifth for a 6-1 lead.
And that’s where the wheel ran off the bus.
In the top of the seventh, Hayden Evans reach on a pitching error and Allen Baty singled to advance Evans to third. John Wesley Kent sent Evans home and the scoring frenzy began for the Lions.
Austin Bishop walked on and Nick Owens got an RBI single to keep the Lions rolling. Another walk and a balk helped plate a run and another pitching error loaded the bases again. Two more walks forced runs and Baty wrapped things up with a two RBI single to put the Lions up 9-6 with only the bottom of the seventh to go.
Reed started it strong for the Wildcats with a solo homer and the Houlka boys put runners at second and third, but stranded them there and took the 9-7 loss.web base hka1 web base hka2 web base hka3