Winners of seven of their last eight games, the Wildcats were hoping to remain in first place after its initial matchup with the Bountiful Braves Monday afternoon.
And thanks to a five-run sixth inning by the Wildcats, Woods Cross erased its three-run deficit to take the first of three games against the Braves 9-7.
The Wildcats were the aggressors in the beginning, scoring three runs in the bottom of the first inning to take a three run lead. From there, however, the Braves got into their offensive firepower by scoring runs for five consecutive innings to take the lead.
The Braves’ only lead resulted from scoring single runs in the top of the second, fourth, fifth and sixth innings; while also scoring three runs in the top of the third inning to build up a 7-4 lead.
After holding the Wildcats scoreless for three straight innings, Woods Cross cut their deficit to three runs with a single run in the bottom of the fifth. Woods Cross’ comeback was completed in the bottom of the sixth when they scored five runs to take a 9-7 lead. The Wildcats shut down Bountiful in the seventh inning to preserve their fourth Region 6 win in five games.
Bountiful’s seven runs came on 10 hits while committing three errors in the game. Cam Zollinger and Tanner Redding each hit doubles for the Braves while Ryan Curtis belted a home run to fuel the offense. Redding ended up taking the loss for the Braves.
Before Wednesday’s game against the Wildcats, Bountiful has lost six of their last seven games (four coming in the Lions Tournament in Anaheim, Calif.), but are 3-2 in Region 6.
For Woods Cross, the team’s nine-run, nine-hit output was led by Brady Cowley and Kyle Rogers, who each hit doubles in the win. Justin Barber picked up the win on the mound, his first of the season.
The Wildcats have won four of its five region games this season, outscoring the opposition 29-21 in that span.
After the two teams game against each other Wednesday afternoon, the Wildcats will host the Cyprus Pirates Friday afternoon at home. Bountiful’s next game will be against Highland on the road the same day.
The final score of Wednesday’s game was not available to the Clipper at press time.