By BRYAN URBACH
After a tough outing in game one of its three-game series with Harleton, Cayuga is looking to bounce back in game two.
The Cayuga Wildcats took on the Harleton Wildcats, and Harleton’s ace on the mound took care of business as Cayuga lost 9-0 Thursday night in Arp.
Cayuga’s John Vickery started on the mound for the Wildcats, and he was able to make it through two solid innings — only giving up one run.
In the third, though, Harleton’s offense got going and the Cayuga Wildcats found themselves in a 5-0 hole.
After a pitching change for Cayuga with Colt Laughrey coming to the mound in the third, the Wildcats were looking for a spark.
However, Harleton’s offense got going again in the fourth inning like in the third inning as it scored four more runs bringing the score to 9-0, which brought in Payton Wallace to finish pitching for Cayuga.
Luckily for the Cayuga Wildcats, this wasn’t a one-game series. Cayuga coach Micah Blackmon said the Wildcats are going to put game one behind them and start focusing on game two.
“We have Jason on the mound in game two, and he gives us our best chance to win,” Blackmon said. “That was their ace that we played against tonight. We didn’t hit against him as well as I would’ve liked, but we have our ace going tomorrow and our No. 2 waiting for game three. So, we just have to make sure we get there.”
Losing a game 9-0 has the potential for damaging spirits among a team, but Blackmon said he expects his team to come out with even more fire and passion than it did for game one.
“I didn’t feel like our intensity level was where it needs to be for a playoff game,” Blackmon said. “We’re going to come out with a higher intensity tomorrow and be ready to go from the get-go. I felt like we came out a little bit flat today, but we can fix that; that’s fixable.”
Despite scoring no runs in game one, there were a few bright spots in the hitting department for Cayuga in the game.
Jason Johnson led the way for the Wildcats by batting 2-for-2 with two singles and an intentional walk. Payton Wallace tried to get things going for the Wildcats late in the game when he hit a single and then immediately stole second base on the next few pitches. And finally, Connor Walsh was able to make it aboard on a fielder’s choice single.
Blackmon said he is going to need his team to step up in today’s game two, set for a 5 p.m. start in Arp.
“Jason is one of those kids who’s going to bring it every game,” Blackmon said. “He’s going to show up and throw strikes and hit the ball well. I know he’s going to show up in game two and help us out, but we need everyone to help us out, too.”