Two evenly matched teams played to a 6-5 finish in the annual Pink Out for Cancer intrasquad game that starts baseball season in South Logan County.
Cancer survivor and Booneville Schools employee Lisa Napier threw out the first pitch to start the festivities that serve as an annual fundraiser for the Relay for Life.
Though they were not dubbed as such, necessarily, using the names of the starting pitchers Team Wolski beat Team Ray. Both Wolski and Ray, who accounted for 10 wins last year, went the first two innings. Neither gave up a run.
Wolski allowed just a two out single in the first — to Ray and struck out five. Michael Drawbaugh put the only other ball in play and was retired on a soft pop out to Hayden Fennell at second.
Ray worked a perfect first but Wolski led off the second with a single then stole second. Brady Brasher followed with another single and also swiped second but Ray fanned the next three to strand both runners.
Team Ray broke on top in the third against Jeff Dobbs. Cole Inklebarger drew a walk and after one out Cody Harrel singled home a run, Fennell bunted his away aboard. An errant pick-off scored one run and a passed ball another. Jacob Krepps doubled and Drawbaugh walked before Dobbs got Trevor Jones to end the inning.
Team Wolski scored five in their third. Dalton Herrera started it with a double. Matt Berry walked, Cody Simpson singled one home, Wolski singled home another and Trey Black issued a pair of walks then got Dobbs on a come-backer but gave up a two run single to Devin Davis before Wyatt Rongey was retired for the second time in the inning.
Herrera and Krepps threw scoreless fourths though it took an out recorded on a passed ball to help Krepps get out of a jam.
The Bearcats were scheduled to open the season yesterday (Tuesday) by hosting Mansfield. Including a tournament in Ozark and a pair of nonconference road games against conference foes, they will now be on the road until March 21.