It had been exactly seven days since Cleveland had played its last game as this weekend’s games with Gentry and Simmons were postponed due to the rain.
When Tuesday’s game between Cleveland and Yazoo City began, the sky was clear and the weather was perfect which made the conditions just right at Sank Powe Field for a beautiful evening of baseball. The night was perfect for everybody except the Indians as the Wildcats imposed their will with an 18-0 victory in a game cut short after four innings. Cleveland improved to 5-6.
Things looked grim for Yazoo City from the get-go. Cleveland scored 14 runs in the bottom of the first to put Yazoo City in a very deep hole.
“We hadn’t been hitting the ball real well all year,” Cleveland High head coach Steve Wies said. “To be able to come out and hit the ball as solidly as we did through out the whole line-up that first inning was certainly a good sign.”
Wildcat hurler Drew Lambre made life difficult for the Indians, as they just couldn’t get anything going. The defense supported Lambre well as Yazoo City didn’t get any extra outs to play with.
The Wildcats continued their good work on offense by scoring two runs in the third and two more runs in the fourth, which caused home plate umpire Tony Anderson to throw up his hands and yell ball game.
Lambre went the distance for Cleveland as he gave up just three hits with no walks and eight strikeouts in a four-inning.
“He got stronger as he went on,” Wies said about Lambre. “He hadn’t had a whole lot of innings working on a regular basis. I thought he did real well, especially in the last couple of innings.”
The offense for the Wildcats roped 11 hits on the day with several hitters leading the way. Jordan Burchfield tagged two doubles with three RBIs to lead Cleveland, Dillon Norwood drilled two hits including a double with two RBIs, Nick Cocilova smacked two hits including a double with three RBIs, John Andrew Hawkins tagged two hits and scored three runs, Matt Hardman and Jacob Thomas each roped a hit and drove in three runs and Lambre with a hit and a RBI.
Cleveland will travel to Indianola to play Gentry today.