James Ray hit a two run home run and notched his second pitching win of the season in a 9-6 win over conference foe Waldron last Tuesday.
Ray hit his first home home run of the year and the team’s second in the first inning. The cleanup hitting sophomore came up with two down and Brandon Wolski aboard. Wolski had been hit by a pitch before Ray went deep to give the Bearcats (7-1, 2-0 Conference 4A-4) a 2-1 lead.
Putting together a couple hits and a wild pitch Waldron had scored a run against Ray in the top of the first on an infield out.
Ray, whose first win was also at Waldron’s expense in a nonconference game, stranded Bulldogs at first in the second and third innings before Waldron was able to score again.
By then the Bearcats had built an 8-1 lead.
Michael Drawbaugh led off the second with a double and after Mathew Berry reached trying to sacrifice, Cody Harrel doubled both home. A Jacob Krepps double scored Harrel to make it 5-1.
In the third Cody Simpson walked and Drawbaugh singled and both scored on balls away as the next two hitters fanned.
The lead grew to 8-1 in the fourth when Harrel led off with a walk, swiped a base, moved up on a passed ball and scored on an error that allowed Ray to reach.
The Bulldogs got a pair of hits, the Bearcats committed an error, and after one was down a bases loaded double cut the deficit to 8-4.
Jesse Frost came on and surrendered a double to the first man he faced that made it 8-5 but he retired the next two to end the inning.
Booneville got a run back in the bottom of the inning when Simpson walked for the third time leading off the frame and scored for the second time although the Bearcats did not record a hit in the inning.
Frost allowed a hit but recorded a strike out and a fielder’s choice for the second out but came out after a base on balls.
With the tying run on deck Wolski allowed a base hit that made it 9-6.
After the Bearcats went in order in the bottom of the sixth, Wolski worked a 1-2-3 seventh of his own to nail down the save. Those were the only three up, three down innings in the game.