The Hobbton Wildcats traveled to cross-county rival Union Friday night for an exciting night of baseball, softball and soccer. The Spartans dominated with the bats and gloves, while the Wildcats kicked their way to victory.
Spartan varsity baseball was operating at full throttle, shutting out the Wildcats, 10-0.
Union’s bats were working from the very beginning, with 2 runs in the first and scoring 2 in the 4th, but they really came alive in the fifth inning, when the Spartans brought in 6 runs.
Meanwhile, Union’s Ryan Hall pitched a no-hitter striking out 12 and giving up 4 walks.
At bat for the Spartans, Dustin Alphin went 3-3 with 2 RBIs. Hagan Thornton was 3-3, Dryson Worley was 2-3 and 2 RBIs. Hall was 1-3 with 1 RBI.
The Spartans are now 3-1, 2-0 in conference play and will travel to Wallace-Rose Hill Tuesday night. Hobbton will host Trask Tuesday night.
In a 7 inning defensive battle, the Spartans managed to outlast Hobbton for the 1-0 win.
Union got the win in the bottom of the 7th when Lauren Preddy scored on a wild throw. She also got on base on a wild throw. Megan Smith was the winning pitcher throwing 11 strike-outs. Janalee Strickland was 1-3 with 1 walk. Smith was 1-2 with 1 walk. Taylor Malpass was 1-3 and Katie Hunter was 3-3.
Union coach Doug Burley said, “That was a great game. Hobbton has an excellent ball team. They aren’t ranked 5th in the state for nothing. They are a great bunch of girls. We just did what it took at the end to get the win. I’m proud of the girls. They played good defense but still have to work on hitting.”
Hobbton had 2 hits. Michaela Wilson was 1-2 and 1 walk. Taylor Bowden was 1-2 with 1 walk and Baileigh Moser had a sacrifice bunt.
“We played great defense but just couldn’t get the hits,” said a disappointed Hobbton coach, Morgan Farroll.
Hobbton hosts Trask Tuesday night while Union will travel to Wallace-Rose Hill. Game time is 6 PM.
The Wildcat soccer team played a good match Friday night against the Union Spartans, keeping them out of the net for a 0-2 final.
Scoring for the Wildcats were Pamela Molina who found the net in the first half and Marcy McLamb got the second goal in the second half.
An elated Wes Cone, Hobbton’s coach, was proud of the way his whole team played.
He said, “McKenna Smith had some very, very long legs tonight. She handled the ball really well tonight as did Joanna Rackley. Courtney Phipps went down with a pulled muscle in her leg but came back in the game and helped set up the second goal later on. Our whole bench played well, also.”