WOODS CROSS – Woods Cross Wildcats pitcher Shaden Fisher had one shaky inning in Friday afternoon’s Region 6 baseball game against Judge Memorial.
However after trailing by four runs, the Wildcats rallied to score one run in the fifth, two in the sixth and two more in the seventh to complete the rally and beat the Bulldogs 5-4.
“I kept telling these kids ‘Judge is getting better, we can’t lay down on them and we have to make sure we’re out in front,’ and they gave us trouble” said Wildcats coach Paul Ayala. “But they did a great job of coming back and winning that game.”
Already behind one run entering the top of the fourth inning, Woods Cross fell behind 4-0 after Conner Stone hit a bases loaded double.
Woods Cross couldn’t respond after quickly going through the heart of its batting order in the bottom half, but soon caught a break after Bulldog pitcher Kord Holmes was pulled after five innings of work.
“We didn’t have an answer for anything (Holmes) was doing,” Ayala said. “Then I saw (Judge Memorial’s) lefty come in and I was thinking ‘we had no answer for the first pitcher and they’re going to put in another?’ I was really surprised there.”
Surprised or not, Woods Cross started its rally with the new pitcher in bottom of the sixth inning. With one out and the bases empty, Jordan Lewis legged out an infield single and moved to third on a base hit by Jake Foster and a fielding error by the Bulldogs.
Both eventually scored on wild pitches, cutting the lead down to one run.
Back on the mound, Fisher regrouped himself to pitch a gem after his three-run inning. He got nine straight outs –including six straight strike outs—to keep the Wildcats in the game entering the bottom of the seventh inning.
“He’s been solid for us all year long,” Ayala said. “It’s always one inning that gets away, but he still kept his head in (the game). He’s a stone cold kid when he has to be, which is nice.”
The bottom of the seventh started with Kyle Rogers reaching on a single and Fisher getting down a bunt single to put runners on first and second. Two batters later Caden Brown hits an RBI single to tie the game at 4-4.
Alex Johnson was intentionally walked to load the bases, and two batters later Foster worked the bases loaded walk to complete the rally.
“It was a heart attack,” Ayala said. “But we bounced back and got what we needed to win. We’ll take it.”
Fisher pitched a complete game for Woods Cross, allowing four runs (one earned) on four hits. He also had nine strike outs with only one walk.
Woods Cross will face Cyprus Tuesday at Cyprus High School.