By CLINT FOSTER
In area baseball and softball action Friday, the Santo Wildacts, Ladycats and Gordon Longhorns all fell at the hands of district opponents.
The Wildcats' fight to stay in the top half of the District 10-1A standings hit a bit of a speed bump last week with a 13-7 road loss to the Eula Pirates (1-10, 1-5).
The Pirates jumped out to an early 4-0 lead, but the Wildcats fought back to tie the score at 4-apiece with a 4-run fourth.
Eula answered with six runs in the bottom of the fourth frame to essentially put the game out of reach, as the ‘Cats could only muster three runs in the seventh after two shutout innings.
Reliever Jordan Edwards was the losing pitcher on the day, throwing the third and fourth frames. During that time, he allowed four runs – only two of which were earned – one hit and four walks to go along with two strikeouts.
Kyle Moore started the game, allowing four hits, eight runs, six earned, and five walks through two innings of work. He only struck out one batter.
Sonny Chalker closed out the final two frames of the game with one hit, one run, two walks and four strikeouts.
On offense, the ‘Cats had a fairly solid day, registering eight hits from six batters.
Moore and Dylan Price led the way, both finishing 2-for-4 at the top of the order. Moore scored a run and struck out once, while Price had an RBI double and scored two runs of his own.
Dylan Swinney was also instrumental in the offensive effort, as he came through with a three-RBI triple to start the scoring in the top of the fourth. He finished 1-for-3 with a walk, a run and two strikeouts.
Also earning a hit were Garrett Nemeth, Edwards and Grant Read.