The Wildcats took care of all five phases of the acronym Tuesday at Woodland High in their 7-5 victory over county rival Cass.
“The big thing is we really stress the ‘BASE 2.’ The ‘A’ was a huge factor because every time they scored, we were able to answer,” Gochee said. “It was a good ballgame. Both teams played well, but we executed a little better, I guess.
“It’s Cass so it’s a huge rivalry and we were able to pick up the win.”
The ‘S’ was taken care of in the first inning when Woodland got on the board first with two runs. Cass cut into the lead in the fourth with one run and took the lead in the fifth with two more runs.
Woodland answered back in the bottom of the fifth, taking the lead with two more runs.
Cass then answered back with two more runs in the top of the sixth.
However, Woodland won the big-inning war in the sixth when the Wildcats scored four runs.
Grant Robinson had the first big hit when he drove a double to left field and moved to third on a Braden Harris groundout. Jarrett Kilgo then drove in two runs with his double to left. Markise Smith followed Kilgo with a bunt single as Kilgo advanced to third base. Hunter Siniard and Houston Stewart each walked, giving Stewart the RBI. Hayden Siniard then stepped up to the plate and drove in his brother to take the 7-5 lead.
“We showed a lot of heart. There were a few crazy breaks that went against us. There was a groundball up the middle. Our shortstop was in position and the ball hit off the second-base bag,” Gochee said. “There were things when we should’ve got out of it, but we showed a lot of heart and dealt with some adversity.”
Hayden Siniard pitched four innings, allowing just one run while Cauy Williams picked up the save with a scoreless seventh inning of work.
The two teams match up again with each other Thursday, this time at Cass at 5:55 p.m.