By Austin Bishop
The Winston County Journal
The Louisville High School Wildcats were hoping to play their first home game of the season on Tuesday, but as LHS head baseball coach Charlie Smith looked over the field that morning he wasn’t so sure that was going to happen.
“I just got off the field and my feet are still wet so I’m not sure if we are going to be able to play or not,” Smith said on Tuesday morning. The ‘Cats were set to host Cleveland High School for a 7 p.m. varsity game on Tuesday, before traveling to Ethel for a non-league game on Friday. If the Wildcats didn’t get to play on Tuesday, then they are set to open their home season on Saturday at 1 pm. against the Whippets of Kosciusko High School. After that game the ‘Cats will load the bus and head to Philadelphia where they will take on Neshoba Central at 7 p.m.
LHS is set to open its league season with a road trip to Nettleton on March 28.
Louisville went into this week with a 6-3 mark, after dropping a pair of games in Oxford last Wednesday, then bouncing back to take a 12-7 win at Cleveland on Saturday.
“We had a bad day (on Wednesday) and didn’t play our best,” Smith said. “I thought we should have beaten Lake Cormorant. But it’s just one day and it’s gone. We need to put it behind us and move forward.”
The Wildcats lost to Lake Cormorant 7-4 in the first game of the day in Oxford, before then falling to the host OHS Chargers 8-0 in the nightcap.
A.J. Triplett, Ross Barnett and Wyatt Roberts all had hits for LHS against Lake Cormorant, while Triplett drove in a pair of runs and Braxton Wall one.
The Wildcats were limited to just one hit against Oxford with that being a single off the bat of Triplett. Oxford’s Jason Barber tossed a six-inning shutout against the Wildcats.
The Louisville bats came alive against Cleveland, as the ‘Cats banged out 14 hits and scored six runs in the fifth inning alone.
Roberts threw six strong innings on the mound for LHS, striking out 10 and allowing just two hits and one earned run. He also blasted a three-run homer in the game.
Triplett smashed a homer to go with a double and two singles to lead the winners at the plate, while Braxton Wall spanked a pair of doubles and a single and drove in a run for LHS. M.J. Harrington unleashed a homer for the Wildcats, while picking up a single each for LHS in the game were Barnett, Dalton Hudspeth, Channing Wally Dylan Nicholson and Darius Miller.