Eastern Guilford Wildcats edge Grimsley Whirlies in Thriller
Eastern Guilford 7
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Grimsley LHP Kito Carrig pitched four strong innings with three strikeouts but saw
the 2-0 Whirlie lead evaporate in the fifth inning behind several costly errors and
key hitting by the Wildcats. Carrig left the game with the bases loaded and no outs in the fifth inning. Starting Grimsley catcher Sawyer Highfill came to the mound in relief and pitched the last two innings for the Whirlies. Eastern Guilford plated six runners in the pivotal fifth inning with LF Hayden Holleman leading the way.
Wildcats RHP Kyle Lunsford kept Eastern Guilford close early while only allowing 2
runs on 4 hits through 5 1/3 innings but left in the sixth with the bases loaded.
Eastern Guilford took a 6-2 lead into the sixth but Grimsley 3B Ryan Stoneman
sparked a Whirlie comeback with a single followed by a long drive to center field by Eric Stevens that caromed off the wall narrowing the lead to 6-4 after six innings.
In Grimsley’s last at bat, back to back singles by Kory Shumate and Sawyer Highfill were followed by a long fly ball by Kyle Smith that was mishandled by a Wildcat outfielder allowing the tying run to score. The Wildcats responded in the bottom of the seventh with a Ryan Hackett double, Adam Gunn was intentionally walked and Hackett advanced to third base on a wild pitch.
Will Oates proved to be the Wildcats hero of the night as he was jammed with an inside fastball but fought it off for a blooper to shallow center field for a walk off, game-winning single.
Grimsley senior Sawyer Highfill took the loss for the Whirlies. Eastern Guilford
pitcher Adam Doyle was credited with the win. It was the first game for both teams.