Wildcats win in tournament

NUTTER FORT — The Pendleton County Wildcats exploded for 9 runs in the fifth inning Friday to down Grafton, 11-7, in the McDonalds Classic.

The game was played at the Frank Loria Memorial Field in Nutter Fort.

“It was good to see us battle back from a 6-0 deficit on the road,” PCHS coach Sam Yokum said. “It was one of those games where, at first, things didn’t go our way. Then when something did go, we didn’t take advantage of it. So we got ourselves in a hole.

“We weren’t mentally prepared to play, but we battled back and had a big inning in the fifth. It was good to see the kids fight back. It was a good win.”

Jacob Green earned the victory for PCHS. In 2 inning of work, he gave up 1 walk, 1 hit and struck out 2 batters.

Luke Cooper earned the save. He pitched 2 innings and struck out 4 batters while giving up 1 unearned run on 1 hit.

Tyler Day started the game for the Wildcats and tossed 3 innings.

Cameron Forte shouldered the loss for Grafton. He gave up 6 runs in 1 2/3 of an inning.

Green set the pace at the plate for PCHS. He finished the day 2 for 3 with 3 RBIs.

Trey Cooper, 2 for 2 with 2 runs scored, and Grant Evick, 2 for 3 with 2 RBIs, also played well for the Wildcats.

Grafton got out to a quick lead, seizing a 2-0 advantage after the first inning. The Bearcats added 4 more runs in the third stanza to make the tally 6-1.

Pendleton added another run in the fourth inning before exploding for 9 runs in the fifth, bringing the score to 11-6.

Grafton added 1 more run in the seventh inning, but the damage was already done.

Pendleton (5-4) is set to challenge Lincoln at 2 p.m. today in the McDonalds Classic.

The game will be played at Bridgeport High School.