WOODS CROSS Woods Cross came from behind to beat Box Elder 6-3 Wednesday afternoon in the second game of the day between the two schools,
But judging from the attitude of the team, the Wildcats and coaching staff still felt like there was more they should have done.
The reason for the non-celebration like mood was that just hours before, Woods Cross let a two-run lead slip away in extra innings to only get a split with the Bees. Tuesday's game was postponed after four innings with the score tied 2-2. The two teams resumed the game Wednesday at Woods Cross to finish up the three remaining innings before playing the regular scheduled Region 5 contest.
The score was tied at six after seven innings of play. In the eighth, the Wildcats took the lead 8-6 when Taylor Hood scored all the way from first on a sacrifice attempt from Bretton Mooseman and an error. Mooseman scored on an RBI triple from Mason Fenn.
Box Elder showed why it is on top of the region standings when it scored three runs to win in the bottom of the inning. Justin Crosbie had an RBI single, and Jason Saunders won it with a two-run double.
"We have had a lot of games where we just find a way to get it done like that,' said Bees coach Mike Hollingsworth. "We have a whole team of guys that are pulling for each other and playing like a team.'
For the first four innings, it appeared Box Elder would ride the momentum it gained in the first game to a win in the second. The Bees were up 3-0 on a pair of runs in the second inning on some miscues by Woods Cross, and AJ Huff had an RBI double in the fourth.
Things turned around for the Wildcats in the bottom of the fourth. Holden Critchley got it started with a solo home run to dead-away center field. Hood scored on a CJ Corry single to pull within one. Louis Morales and Hood each had RBIs in the Wildcats' three-run fifth inning, and Matt Maestas had an RBI to account for one run in the sixth.
While the bats came to life, senior Tanner Chadwick took over on the mound. He entered in the fifth and threw three scoreless innings giving up only three hits and even more importantly, no walks, to get the win.
"I don't throw a lot of fastballs, mostly just junk," said Chadwick. "My slider was really working today. I don't know if I threw a lot of strikes, but they kept swinging and missing it."
Chadwick's performance was just what Woods Cross has been looking for as it tries to get into the playoffs with only eight region games remaining."Our bats have been pretty good," said assistant coach Tom Moore. "I think we have out-hit every team so far, but our pitching has been inconsistent. We need to quit giving guys free passes and we will be all right."