Millbrook’s Baseball team bumped itself up an entire game in the Cap-8 Conference standings with a pair of wins over Enloe on Tuesday evening. The Wildcats completed a suspended contest from early March with a 19-6 victory, and downed the Eagles 10-4 in the nightcap.
Leading 15-5 in the top of fifth inning of a game that was suspended due to the loss of daylight on March 10th was resumed with Matt Rouse at the dish, and two on base for Millbrook. Unable to push across a run in the frame, Enloe extended the game on a Jerrad Moore fielders choice that scored Dante Thorbs to cut the deficit below the run rule.
Millbrook put the contest out of hand in the sixth when Miguel Rios drove in a run by drawing a bases loaded walk, then Will Hood cleared the bases with a double to right to make it 19-6. After allowing a leadoff single to start the seventh, Porter Baldwin tossed a scoreless inning, striking out two, to win the game by mercy rule.
Tyler Snead guided the Wildcats to a fast start in the game that followed. After Enloe took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first, Snead singled on a leadoff bunt, stole second, stole third, and scored to tie the game when Dominic Rodts reached base on a one-out error.
After Matt Rouse scored in the second inning on a bases loaded wild pitch, Snead scored Chandler Ward on a ground out to second to increase the advantage to 3-1. Will Hood scored on another Enloe wild pitch, and Greg Strickland knocked in a run on a double to right to give Millbrook a 5-1 lead through two.
Enloe was able to manufacture a run in the top of the third off of Seth Werner, who tossed five innings of two-run baseball, striking out four while allowing only three hits.
Dennis Delgado, who had gotten on base in each of his first two plate appearances, inflated the score to 7-2 a bases loaded single to left to score Rodts, and Cal Teachey. Since March 21st, Delgado is hitting .444 with three RBI’s, and he has reached base in 11 of his 21 plate appearances.
“I got off to a slow start this season, but I guess that I have been seeing the ball well lately. I am gotten a lot more comfortable at the plate, and my confidence has gone up a ton”, said Delgado.
Snead grounded into a fielders choice for the second out of the Wildcat fifth. On the play, the junior was able to motor all the way to second base, and reach third on a stolen base. Following a Teachey hit by pitch, Enloe’s Thorbs attempted to pick Teachey off at first base only to see Snead steal home plate to make it 8-2.
Snead’s four stolen bases tie the school record for the most in a single game. Patrick Hanks swiped four bags in 2010 versus Wake Forest-Rolesville, Ryan Hanks achieved the same feat in 2008 vs. Garner, and Bryant Dickinson set the original record back in 1994 against Broughton.
Justin Wilcoxen put the exclamation point on the game with a two-run home run into the right field trees to give Millbrook a 10-4 lead in the bottom of the sixth inning. Wilcoxen, a sophomore, became only the second Wildcat to go yard this season, joining Greg Strickland who touched them all at Pinecrest in March.
In his first pitching appearance of the season, Dominic Rodts slammed the door on the Eagles in the sixth and seventh. Rodts allowed a pair of runs on two hits, he walked a batter, and struck out three.
Millbrook enters its spring break with a 9-5 record, 6-2 in the Cap-8 Conference. The Wildcats can move into a tie for first place in the standings after the conclusion of Tuesday night’s Leesville Road vs. Heritage matchup.
Coach James’ group returns to action next Thursday when it hosts the 2017 Bobby Murray Invitational Baseball Tournament. Millbrook plays Southwest Guilford on Tuesday afternoon, and Rolesville on Friday night before testing its fate on “Championship Saturday” against either Heritage, Corinth Holders, West Johnston, or Middle Creek.
“Next week is big for us” said Delgado, “our final stretch of conference play is against some of the toughest competition in the state, so there is no better way to prepare than a tournament like the one that we are going to be apart of.”