The Wildcats defeated the Humphreys County Cowboys 9-6 in Friday night at Sank Powe Field and won two games on Saturday by defeating East Side 10-0 at Sank Powe Field and Greenville-Weston 2-0 at Greenville. The three wins pushed Cleveland’s record to 3-3.
Cleveland High head coach Steve Wies was pleased with the weekend as a whole.
“We weren’t quite as sharp on Friday,” Wies said. “We had our best effort of the year today. We pitched great and played good defense. We hit the ball hard against Greenville and had a lot of hard outs. Greenville is a good team.”
In Friday’s game against Humphreys County, Dillon Norwood earned the win in relief by giving up an unearned run on one hit in 1 1/3 innings of work.
Matt Hardman started the game for the Wildcats and pitched 5 2/3 innings giving up five runs, three earned on five hits with five walks and nine strikeouts.
Norwood led Cleveland at the plate with two hits, two RBIs and a run, followed by Nick Cocilova and Jordan Burchfield with two hits, a RBI and a run each, Hardman with a double, two runs and a RBI and John Andrew Hawkins with a hit, a RBI and two runs
In the Cleveland-East Side game, East Side hung tough with Cleveland as the Trojans trailed the Wildcats only 2-0 after five innings. The Wildcats erupted for eight runs in the bottom of the sixth to end the game due to the 10-run rule. The game against Cleveland was East Side’s season opener.
“We hung in there in the first five innings,” East Side head coach Herman Cox said. “The guys hit the ball well, but errors set us back. We just couldn’t get out of the sixth.”
Burchfield earned the win for Cleveland as he scattered six hits with six strikeouts and no walks in a six-inning shutout.
Kelvin Williams took the loss on the mound for East Side.
Hardman led Cleveland at the plate as he stroked two hits with two RBIs and a run, followed by Norwood with a double, a RBI and two runs, Trace Edwards with a hit, two RBIs and two stolen bases and Cocilova with a hit, a RBI and two stolen bases.
Williams, Clifton Sheavers and Ken Thompson led the Trojans at the plate.
In Cleveland’s game against Greenville, Drew Lambre pitched an excellent game as he gave up four hits with three strikeouts and two walks over six scoreless innings of work to earn the victory.
Norwood got the save on the mound for Cleveland as he gave up hits to first three batters but pitched his way out of the bases loaded jam with no runs scoring.
Hardman nailed two hits with a RBI to lead the Wildcats, followed by Burchfield with a RBI.
Cleveland will host Louisville on Saturday at Sank Powe Field with a junior varsity game set to start at 12 p.m. East Side won’t play again until after spring