"Save the best for last," is a saying that fits the NCOE Junior Cardinal baseball team in their last game of the week against their last non-conference opponent of the week when they traveled to Wayne City to take on the Junior Indians.
First inning action would find Wayne City jumping out to an early 1-0 lead. Little did anyone expect, but this is where the score would remain until the sixth inning. The top of the sixth is when NCOE would finally break their scoreless streak and cross the plate to tie the game at 1-1. This tie would not last long as Wayne City scored in the bottom of the sixth to reclaim the lead at 2-1. NCOE found themselves scoring another run in the top of the seventh and holding Wayne City scoreless to force extra innings with the score knotted at two all. Both teams would threaten each inning of extended play, but defense as well as strong pitching would come up victorious as both teams were kept off the board for four consecutive innings. Finally, in the top of the 12th the NCOE bats came alive, and the Junior Cardinals were able to cross the plate six times to pull ahead by the score of 8-2. This is all the insurance NCOE would need as they held Wayne City scoreless once again and walked away with the six run victory.
Nathaniel Wilson, Trey Simmons, and C.J. Richardson led the team with three hits each in the contest. Wilson also scored two runs and collected an RBI while Simmons and Richardson scored one run and had two RBI's. Others with a hit for the Jr. Cards were Bryce Jolley, Jack Riggs, Peyton Edwards, and Ty Money. Scoring a run for NCOE was Bryce Jolley, Jack Riggs, Ty Money, and Wade Sauls.
Jack Riggs was called on for pitching duties and he went eight innings giving up two runs (one earned) on three hits and striking out 12. Nathaniel Wilson came in to relieve Riggs in the ninth inning and threw the final four innings allowing no runs on four hits and striking out nine.
"Defensively we played great and really stepped it up this game. Pitching was strong, but the bats struggled to get going. The team battled all the way until the end where it really came together in the twelfth," stated Coach Shea Smith.
Runs Hits Errors
NCOE 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 6 8 13 1
W.C. 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 7 5