James Ray doubled home two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning Friday night to beat Pottsville and keep the Bearcats perfect in Conference 4-4A play.
Brandon Wolski, who struck out 15 Apaches in a complete game win, actually scored the winning run.
The winning hit, Ray’s only hit and only the fourth for the Bearcats in the game, came at about 8:15 p.m. as the game was delayed by two hours to try to let the buildup of three days worth of rain subside.
The Bearcats had beaten Maumelle 11-1 Monday in a game that was rained out the previous Friday and they visited Ozark for a rare Saturday afternoon affair.
Bearcats 5 Pottsville 4
Brandon Wolski (5-0) and Travis Cole were locked in a 3-3 duel going to the seventh inning Friday night when Wolski issued a walk to Tyler Tate to open the inning. It was Wolski’s first walk of the game. It wasn’t his last.
During a strike out of Parker Thompson Tate swiped both second and third bases and Wolski then walked Brian Hawkins.
A wild pitch during a strike out of Cole got the go-ahead run across for the Apaches but Wolski ended the inning by fanning Matt Rush.
Cody Harrel, who led off the game with a home run for the Bearcats, drew Cole’s first walk of the game leading off the bottom of the seventh and, after Jacob Krepps flew out on the first pitch he saw, he swiped second and took third on a throwing error by Hawkins.
After Travis hit Wolski with a 3-0 pitch, Cory Campbell came on for the Apaches and Wolski took second on a first pitch strike as the cleanup hitting Ray missed a bunt. Swinging away on the 0-1 pitch Ray drilled it down the left field line scoring both Harrel and Wolski easily, with Wolski pumping his fist down the third base line.
The Bearcats took a 2-0 first inning lead when Harrel took Travis out on a 1-2 pitch and Wolski reached on an error, courtesy runner Michael Springs stole second and scored on a single by Jesse Frost.
It stayed 2-0 until the third when Thompson doubled to right and Hawkins beat out a sacrifice to start the inning. Cole and Rush struck out by Campbell hit a three run home run to right to give the Apaches the lead.
It was short lived as Wolski hit a bloop double in the bottom of the inning and Springs, again running for the pitcher, scored on one of Campbell’s three errors at shortstop — the Apaches committed five errors in the game.
Wolski got out of a two on, one out jam in the Pottsville fourth, erased a hit batter on a popup double play and set the Apaches down in order in the sixth.
Cole meanwhile stranded a Bearcat at third in the fifth and runners at second and third in the sixth.
Bearcats 11 Maumelle 1
The Bearcats batted around twice and scored nine times in the first two innings Monday.
Cody Harrel and Jacob Krepps drew walks to open the game and Brandon Wolski, James Ray and Cody Simpson drove in runs with hits in what was the beginning of an 11-hit attack.
Singles by Matt Berry and Harrel started the second and another by Krepps drove in a run. Wolski drove in one with a ground ball and, after Ray fanned, Jesse Frost drove in another run with a single. Simpson, Michael Drawbaugh and Trevor Jones were then, in succession, hit by pitches and the Bearcats led 9-0.
After a strike out victim reached, the Bearcats committed and error and Wolski walked a man to help the Hornets score in their second inning to make it 9-1.
Harrel, Krepps and Ray all had their second hits in the third inning with Ray’s being a double that plated a run to make it 11-1.
Wolski allowed only one hit but he hit a batter and walked another before the game ended after five. Wolski also struck out four more Hornets, giving him nine on the day.
Ozark 10 Bearcats 0
Playing a rare Saturday matinee game, the Bearcats fell behind early and never recovered.
Jesse Frost started it and was followed by Jacob Krepps and Tyler Mathrews on the mound.