Wildcats Rock the Doc

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The Wildcats Sr. Prep team and U15 teams both took part in the Doc Plotsky tournament this June hosted by Sherwood Park Minor Baseball. Including over 90 teams from U11 to U18 the extravagant weekend would start Thursday June 2nd in Sherwood Park, Alberta. 

The Wildcats U15 Prep team stayed at home to play the Calgary Cubs for their first game of the tournament, despite a late game comeback the Wildcats lost 15-6. Heading up to Sherwood Park on Friday, U15 came out with a vengeance scoring 3 runs in the bottom of the first. In the back and forth game Seth Horbay had a fantastic day with two base hits and two RBI’s, Parker Orton made a speedy trip around the bases hitting an Inside-the-park home run for his first of the season! After trading leads the Wildcats tied the game in the bottom of the fifth. The 6th became extras as the game was over time limit, the Padres put up 3 runs in the top half of the inning. The Wildcats were ready and answered back in the bottom half. Scoring 4 runs and walking off the Edmonton Padres.

 

Saturday Tyson Gomez-Gordon had the ball for the Wildcats and was dominant striking out 7 through 4 and ⅔’s Charlie Mcmurren was just as dominant through 3.1 innings striking out 5. Together the two young guns allowed only 6 runs. The bats were hot for the Wildcats on Saturday putting up 14 runs against Camrose in 7 innings. Grayson Martin, Marcus Backstrom, Ty Hamilton, and Seth Horbay all had multi-hit days including an inside-the-park homerun from Seth Horbay. A 2-1 record unfortunately wasn’t quick enough to get the U15 team to the finals. Congratulations to the Wildcats U15 team on an exciting weekend of baseball at the Doc Plotsky finishing the weekend with two hard fought wins.

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The Wildcats Sr. Prep team made the trip up to Sherwood Park early Thursday morning to take on the NEZ Padres for their first game of the tournament. Tyson Kilbreath took the mound for the Wildcats in what would turn out to be a pitchers duel for the ages. Kilbreath threw all 7 innings using only 90 pitches and striking out 5 without allowing a walk. Kilbreath allowed only 3 hits and kept the Padres out of the runs column all day. The Wildcats managed to muster up only slightly more offense than the Padres. Koby Smith led off the game with a single, scorched through the 5-6 hole and Jake Tanner would later drive Smith in with a single of his own. In the second inning Ned Ceklic drove a double deep in the gap and was later scored by Jack Gummer. The Wildcats would win 2-0 on the back of Kilbreath. 

 

Sr. Prep moved onto Friday with a much needed win under their belts, taking on the Calgary Cubs. Dawson Proud was on the bump for the Wildcats throwing 2.2 innings striking out 2. Proud allowed only 1 run and 1 walk, Evan Schroeder finished the rest of the game throwing 2.1 innings allowing 1 hit, striking out 1 and letting 1 run cross the plate. The bats came alive against the Cubs with the Wildcats collecting 10 hits and scoring a total of 12 runs in 5 innings. Notably, Koby Smith collected 3 RBI’s and scored 3 times himself, Logan Mcmullen cashed in 3 runs and Jake Tanner added to his hot start with another RBI. Jack Gummer and JJ Downs had the only multi-hit days with Gummer collecting 3 singles and Downs collecting a single and double on the day. Wildcats won their second game of the tournament 12-2 as they moved into Saturday. 

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Taking on the Sherwood Park Dukes with Kai Remple on the mound the story was all Wildcats again. Rempel threw 75 pitches allowing no walks and only 3 runs on the day letting the Wildcats offense take charge. The Wildcats scored 10 runs through 7 innings on the day. Griffin Fisher finished off the game with 2 innings of 3 run baseball to lead the Wildcats to a 10-6 victory over the Dukes. With this win Sr. Prep was off to the finals against the Calgary Cardinals. 

 

Dawson Proud was back on the mound for the finals throwing 3 innings of 1 run a baseball striking out 1, Lucas Webber Kitching threw 1 inning striking out 1 batter and Jack Gummer came in to close out the game allowing only 1 hit and effectively shutting down the Cardinals. Sr. Prep was on a mission early, scoring first on a Dylan Chopp double. The Wildcats had 4 players with multiple hits including Koby Smith, and Lucas Webber Kitching both collecting 2 hits and JakeTanner and Anthony Backstrom collecting 3 hits on the day. Both Smith and Lucas Clements had 2 RBI’s on the day. The Wildcats rolled easily to a 13-1 win in the finals taking home first place from the Doc Plotsky! 

 

Thank you to Sherwood Park Minor Baseball for organizing and hosting this incredible tournament we’re excited to send Wildcats teams to compete in the Doc for years to come!