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Bobcats get aggressive to down West-Oak

WESTMINSTER — Andy Bay wasn’t complaining after Monday night’s win over Liberty, but the Seneca High School baseball coach knew something was missing in the Bobcats’ 9-6 road victory.

Having been rained out of two games the previous week, the Bobcats weren’t being as aggressive at the plate as Bay would have liked, as they left numerous runners stranded on base despite cranking out 14 hits in the victory.

But on Tuesday night against West-Oak, Bay got exactly what he was looking for, as the Bobcats got their edge back and piled up seven runs in the first two innings on the way to a decisive 10-2 win over the Warriors.

Seneca (7-2, 3-1 Western AAA) tallied 12 hits in the victory, which was busted wide open in the second inning on a grand slam from Kyle Edwards.

The freshman, who had struck out swinging in the first inning, dug in on a 3-1 count and lined a fastball over the fence in left field, giving the Bobcats a 7-0 lead and virtually putting the game out of reach.

“The week off and the rain really hurt us not having practice or games, but it helped a lot playing (Monday) because we got a lot of the rust off,” Edwards said. “(The home run) was a nice fastball coming right down the middle, and I had a 3-1 count, so I swung as hard as I could.”

And despite not even reaching their hit total from the Liberty win, Bay said he was much more pleased with the Bobcats on Tuesday, as they stuck out looking only once on the night.

“I hate to complain about a win, but the kids weren’t as aggressive as they needed to be against Liberty,” Bay said. “It just took a game to get back into a rhythm, but I’m proud of the kids tonight.”

The scoring started early off the bat of starting pitcher Jordan McNeely, who smacked a single into centerfield to score Jacob Jalbert from second and give Seneca an early lead in the opening inning.

An error in the outfield on the hit helped McNeely advance to third, before he was plated on an infield single from Adam Lacey for a 2-0 lead.

The Bobcats added another run in the second inning when Chase Beebe, the ninth batter in the order, singled home Letron Glover, before Edwards came through with his grand slam just two batters later.

The Bobcats added an insurance run in the fifth thanks to an RBI double into the left field corner from Carson Lecroy to score Glover, and two more in the seventh with RBI hits from both Jalbert and Tyler Cannon.

Seneca also had a strong night in the field, committing just one error, while McNeely allowed just two hits across seven innings of work to earn the win on the mound.

West-Oak (1-6, 1-4 Western AAA) on the other hand committed five errors and manufactured only two runs, which came in the fourth inning keyed by the Warriors’ only hits from Jonathan Small and Will Sandifer.

“My kids hung in there and fought,” West-Oak head coach Jeff Leard said. “We just didn’t get the hits when we needed them tonight.

“We’re getting better, but tonight was Seneca’s night. I give them all the praise for what they did, because they did a good job.”

Both teams will be back on the diamond Friday, as Seneca will come home to face Pickens, while the Warriors will travel to Belton-Honea Path.

Both games are set to get under way at 6 p.m.

Seneca 10, West-Oak 2

SHS 250 010 2 — 10 12 1

W-O 000 200 0 — 2 2 5

Pitching

IP H R BB K

W — McNeely 7 2 2 5 4

L — W. Sandifer 6 10 8 1 2

Hitting

SHS — Jalbert, 3-5, RBI; Ross, 2-4; Beebe, 2-4, RBI; Edwards, 1-4, HR, 4 RBI

W-O — J. Small, 1-2, RBI; W. Sandifer, 1-3, 2B, RBI