McIntosh Holds Off Whitewater To Pick Up Key 6-4 Region Win
On Wednesday, the Whitewater Wildcats hosted the McIntosh Chiefs in a key region match up with the fifth place Wildcats trailing the fourth place Chiefs by two games heading into the day. The Chiefs would open up the game with five runs in the top of the first inning. Whitewater would respond in the bottom half of the inning with two runs of their own but would allow McIntosh to pick up one more run in the top of the fourth as the Chiefs took a 6-2 lead. In the bottom of the sixth inning, the Wildcats would manage to tack on another run as they trailed 6-3 and in the bottom of the seventh, the late Wildcats' rally would see them picking up another run to make it a 6-4 game in favor of the Chiefs. Unfortunately for the Wildcats, their rally would end with them falling to McIntosh 6-4.
Following the win, McIntosh head coach, Tom Kelley said the five run first inning by the Chiefs was important because it took pressure off of them. "Being able to put up five in the first took all the pressure off of us and it put it on them" Kelley said, adding that he was proud of his players. Kelley went on to say that he was proud of his team being able to play from "out front instead of behind," he continued, "you play so much looser and you take pressure off of the pitcher," With the win, the Chiefs maintain fourth place in the region standings, trailing first place Starr's Mill, who they will face next Thursday, by three games. Kelley noted that with Starr's Mill and a couple of other key region games on tap, picking up wins will be key for them not only for final standings implications, but as well as being able to have momentum heading into the post season.
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