After a sub-par start to the season for Chad Cope's young team at Watson Chapel, the Wildcats are starting to hit their stride.
After a sub-par start to the season for Chad Cope’s young team at Watson Chapel, the Wildcats are starting to hit their stride.
Watson Chapel faced North Pulaski for two games Tuesday at Wildcat Field after winning the Magnolia Classic this past weekend, and the Wildcats extended their winning streak to seven games with 16-2 and 12-1 wins.
Watson Chapel (11-5) started the year 4-5, so Cope has watched his team grow during the winning streak.
“We’ve got a young team and a lot of kids that are playing have played a lot before this year,” he said. “They are growing up and this is a little momentum for us.”
The start of the doubleheader was not smooth to begin with, though. After the first inning, the game was tied at 2.
Cope had a little talk with his team after the first inning, Watson Chapel’s Landon Colson said.
“Coach said that if we kept slopping around, it’s a team that can beat us and will beat us,” he said. “We just came out there and played our hearts out and got our runs.”
North Pulaski did not score for the rest of the game while the Wildcats scored three runs in the second inning, nine in the third and two more in the fourth.
V.J. Dickson led Watson Chapel’s offensive output as he was 3 for 4 with two doubles, three RBIs and two runs scored. Zach Bradford was 2 for 2 with two walks, three runs and two RBIs. Colson was 2 for 2 with two runs and an RBI.
“I just tried to stay back and hit the ball to right field, like my brother and my dad have been telling me, and it worked great,” Colson said. “We’ve been hitting the ball lately, even in practice and just have been playing great.”
After giving up two runs in the first inning, Watson Chapel’s Wyatt Jones gave up just four hits in the game and struck out four batters.
“He came out there and I didn’t think he was loose,” Cope said. “I challenged him, too, and told him to quit going through the motions. … He did a better job of what we expect him to throw.”
Watson Chapel got off to a fast start in the second game with five runs in the first inning. The Wildcats added one run in the second, third and fourth innings before putting four more on the board in the fifth.
“They threw it over the plate and we hit it, and that’s what we are suppose to do,” Cope said. “We are just trying to get better one game at a time and hopefully we can improve every day.”
Colson was 2 for 3 with a walk and three runs scored. Justin Dardenne was 2 for 3 with a walk, two runs and two RBIs and Reece Huffty was 2-for-3 with two runs and an RBI.
Josh Dardenne got the win after going four innings and gave up just one hit. He walked three batters and hit two.
“Josh did good. He struggled with his control and his mechanics were a little off,” Cope said. “But he worked them out and that’s a good thing, and he ended up pitching well for us.”