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By Elizabeth Tanner
The Red River Sun
CHILDRESS – Kicking off the three-day Childress Tournament on Thursday, March 4 with a 10-2 win over the Memphis Cyclones, the Bobcats maintained their four-game win streak, scoring the first of four second inning runs when Ben Ellerbrook reached on a dropped third strike.
Tallying an additional five runs in the fifth inning, big bats were led by Aaron Smithwick, Stone Smith and Mike Rodriguez, who each had RBIs in the inning.
Pitching the Bobcats to victory, Lane Foster lasted five innings, allowing seven hits and one run while striking out six. Rodriguez threw one inning in relief out of the bullpen.
Tallying eight hits, Rodriguez and Jacob Daniel each managed multiple hits with Rodriguez racking in three hits in four at bats. Nick McMinn made the most plays with five.
Brushing past Wellington 5-4 on Friday, March 5, a walk-off single by Scout Smith led the Bobcats to victory.
Trailing 4-3 in the bottom of the sixth inning, Smith singled on a 3-2 count, scoring two runs.
Pitching for the Bobcats, Zion Fuller went five innings, allowing four runs on six hits and striking out five. Collin Bishop threw one inning in relief out of the bullpen.
Racking up nine total hits, Fuller and Smith each managed two hits to lead the Bobcats. Camden Read had the most changes in the field with five.
Dropping their last game of the tournament on Saturday, March 6, the Bobcats were shutout in a 13-0 loss to Bushland.
While a single by Smith in the first inning was a positive for the Bobcats, Bushland’s high-powered offense proved too much for Childress.
Aiden Allen took the loss for the Bobcats, giving up four hits and four runs over one inning, striking out one. Starting out the game for the Bobcats, Smith allowed nine hits and six runs over two innings, striking out one and walking one.
Smith and Read each collected one hit to lead the Bobcats.
The Bobcats (4-2) challenged the Borger Bulldogs on Tuesday, March 9. Results were unavailable at press time.