Wildcats

Payton Easterling (18) hit a homer in the Gulf Coast Classic last week.

The Enterprise Wildcats baseball team hit the road last week to compete in the Third Annual Gulf Coast Baseball Classic in Gulf Shores and ended up going 2-3 in tournament action.

Enterprise pulled off a dominating 15-0 win over Decatur-Heritage in the opening game on March 29. In that win, Owen Burrow drilled a grand slam home run as the Wildcats were hot at the plate going 10-for-27 as a team.

Parker Sessions also went 3-for-4 himself with two RBIs and two runs. CJ Wilkerson scored three runs, while Dylan Gilbert, Jack Williams, Drew Shiver and Will Powell scored two runs each. Cole Hooper scored one run.

Trey Cavanaugh pitched all five innings and struck out five batters, while giving up four hits and no runs. Noah Loy, Powell and Sessions each had a double play on defense.

Enterprise followed that up with a 7-5 win over Robertsdale later in the day. With Enterprise trailing 5-4 going into the seventh inning, Powell drove Gilbert home in the top of the seventh inning to tie the score 5-5.

Wilkerson hit a double into left field to drive Cade Peacock home to give Enterprise the 6-5 lead and then Loy hit a sacrifice fly to drive Cavanaugh home and extend the lead to 7-5.

In the bottom of the seventh inning, Burrow mowed down two batters and another grounded out to secure the 7-5 Wildcat win.

Shiver led Enterprise at the plate against Robertsdale going 3-for-3 with two RBIs and a run, while Cavanaugh went 3-for-4 with two runs.

Burrow pitched three innings striking out three batters and giving up just one hit with no runs. Williams also pitched four innings and gave up nine hits and five runs with one strikeout.

The Wildcats followed up with a frustrating 4-2 loss to Gulf Shores on March 30. In a defensive battle, Enterprise went just 2-for-24 at the plate with Sessions and Shiver earning the only hits of the game for Enterprise. Sessions and Williams were also walked once each. Sessions and Wilkerson also got on base after being hit by a pitch. Wilkerson and Sessions scored Enterprise’s runs.

Brady Richardson pitched four innings and allowed four hits and four runs along with striking out three batters, while Hooper spent two innings on the mound and allowed no hits or runs.

In the next game, Enterprise was overrun by Phil Campbell by a score of 10-4. Enterprise trailed 3-1 going into the fifth inning when Phil Campbell exploded with seven runs to take a 10-1 lead. The Wildcats tried to battle back with one run in the sixth and two more in the seventh inning but couldn’t draw any closer.

Powell led Enterprise at the plate going 3-for-4, while Payton Easterling went 2-for-3 with a home run and an RBI. Williams also went 2-for-3 with a run. Gilbert and Loy scored one run each.

Bowen Beckham pitched one and 2/3 innings and struck out two batters, while Lane Danford pitched one inning and gave up eight hits and seven runs. Austin Acreman also pitched three and 1/3 innings and gave up three hits and three runs.

The Cats went just 3-for-24 at the plate in a 7-0 loss to Russellville in the final game of the tournament. Loy, Sessions and Powell each earned one hit.

Logan Fleming took the loss on the mound and struck out one batter along with giving up five hits and five runs in two innings. Hooper pitched two innings and struck out one batter and gave up two hits and two runs. Burrow also spent two innings on the mound and struck out one batter, while giving up no hits or runs.

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