The White Pine High School baseball team keeps proving they are a different squad from last year’s team. The Bobcats traded a pair of games with second place Needles on Friday, keeping them alive in the post-season hunt. To Bobcats head coach Quinn Ewell, the hard fought games, both of which were decided by two runs, proved to him that his team can take on anyone.
“We talked a lot about how they were going to be a challenge but they did what they’ve done all year, they stepped up to that challenge,” Ewell said.
The Bobcats (6-4) stymied the Mustangs (6-4) late in the first game on the back of Colton Britton’s consistent strikes to earn a 9-7 victory. Their second game looked to be a complete 180 degree-turn in the wrong direction, allowing 12 early Mustang runs to dig themselves in a deep hole. But instead of packing it in and let the game go, the Bobcats fought their way back into it.
“They could’ve just given up in that second game but they didn’t. They kept fighting and they forced the game to go the full length. I wish we wouldn’t have gotten ourselves into that hole in the first place but I was impressed by the way these kids stayed focused,” the coach said.
The Bobcats still control their own destiny when it comes to the post-season, but their road to the playoffs only gets more difficult. The team will travel to Lincoln High School on May 1 to play their final double-header of the season against the top-ranked Lynx. If they can win one of the two games, they’ll advance. If not, their season is over.
“It would be nice if we were already in but it is a good feeling knowing that if we win, we’re in,” Assistant coach Nick Lopez said.
The Bobcats will start their road double-header at Lincoln at 2 p.m.