Wildcats Stake Their Claim As Dominate Team In County

Johnie J. Logue
Enterprise Staff
The Cole Camp Classic is not a tournament but is a format where the Benton County teams can play each other. Until they meet again, Warsaw claimed the title of the best team in Benton County by defeating Cole Camp 3-1 and whipping Lincoln 15-5 on a beautiful Saturday afternoon.
With the Girls Kaysinger Conference tournament was going on just some 50 ft. away, Warsaw and the previous undefeated Cole Camp Bluebirds 6-0 took to the field at 11:00. The game was previous scheduled for nine but was moved backed because of field conditions.
Cole Camp came into the contest with the reputation of good pitching, good base running and good fielding. While the pitching was very good by Kaden Harms, the base running and the defense fell apart early on.
Matt Luebbert would lead off and send a catchable pop up to second baseman Jordan Farrar. The wind whirled enough to cause Farrar to drop the ball. Lubbert would steal second and went to third on a passed ball. Riley Bagley would ground out to short and Luebbert would scurry home with the first run of the game.
Warsaw would score two more in the fourth. Trey Palmer would  hit a hard shot to short that got by Landon Baalman. Logan Strunk would do the same and Riley Jelinek hit a shot to third that was misplayed by the usually sure handed Evan Shearer. It just simply wasn’t Cole Camp's day as Strunk would score and it was 3-0.
In the fifth, Cole Camp would get on the board with a double, single by Austin Bunch and a single  by Adam Boyd and a ground out by A. Hernandez that scored Boyd.
Harms pitch seven innings, gave up six hits, one earned run and struck out nine.
For Warsaw, Joey Mace went six, gave up one run on six hits and struck out ten. Riley Bagley came in and closed out the affair.
Cole Camp Head Coach Todd Rusk commented, “We didn’t play well. We consistently swung at pitches out of the strike zone.”
In the Lincoln game, Warsaw would score seven runs in the second inning. A very kind score keeper gave Lincoln two errors in the game. They made two in the second and  probably several more throughout the contest. Needless to say, it wasn’t their best game of the season. However, Warsaw took advantage of the mistakes and mounted up the huge lead. Lincoln would score one in the third and four in the fifth while Warsaw added five in the fourth and three in the fifth in the five inning affair.
 Warsaw was given 13 hits while Lincoln tallied two hits on the afternoon. Freshman Jack Gardner went three innings, Riley Bagley one and Logan Strunk one. For Lincoln, Levi Betts went three giving up four earned runs. Hayden Beaman gave up seven in one inning and Bo Williams recorded one out. Bagley went 3-3 with four ribbies. Strunk went 2-3 with three ribbies.