The Enterprise Wildcats (4-2) opened up the 2021 baseball season on Feb. 16 with a doubleheader win over Providence Christian on the road.
In the first game, Enterprise jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the second inning and expanded that lead to 9-0 in the third inning. Providence managed to cut the lead to 9-1 in the fourth inning before Enterprise expanded that lead back out to 10-1 in the fifth.
Providence cut the lead further to 10-5 in the bottom of the fifth inning and scored two more runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to cut the lead to 10-7 but couldn’t get any closer than that.
New Brockton transfer CJ Wilkerson had a big day at the plate for the Wildcats going 3-for-3 with two runs, while Jack Williams, Payton Easterling and Logan Fleming had two hits each.
Noah Loy, Williams, Will Powell and Wilkerson each scored two runs, while Parker Sessions and Dylan Gilbert scored one run each.
Trey Cavanaugh pitched three innings and struck out seven batters, while giving up no hits or runs. Cole Hooper struck out three batters and gave up two hits and five runs in one inning, while Owen Burrow struck out five batters and gave up two hits with two runs in three innings on the mound.
Enterprise dominated the second game of the doubleheader after falling behind 1-0 early. The Wildcats answered with five runs in the third inning, two in the fourth inning and one in the sixth. Providence earned its only other run in the bottom of the seventh inning as Enterprise picked up the 8-2 win.
Tristan Bartling went 3-for-4 at the plate with four RBIs, while Cavanaugh and Williams each had two hits.
Powell scored two runs with Sessions, Loy, Williams, Cavanaugh, Micah Yoo and Gilbert scoring one run each.
Williams pitched three innings with three strikeouts along with three hits given up and no runs. Fleming struck out five batters, while giving up two hits and one run. Wilkerson also struck out one batter and gave up one run in an inning on the mound.
Defensively, Loy, Wilkerson and Sessions earned a double play each.
Enterprise was on the road again on Feb. 19 losing to Andalusia 6-3 in the Wildcats’ first loss of the year. Andalusia went up 1-0 in the second inning and stretched that lead out to 5-0 in the fourth inning.
The Wildcats managed to get on the board with one run in the top of the sixth inning but Andalusia answered with a run of its own in the bottom of the sixth to go up 6-1. Enterprise scored two more runs in the top of the seventh but couldn’t manage any more runs as Andalusia held on to the 6-3 win.
Williams and Easterling each had two hits, while Williams, Powell and Wilkerson each had one run.
Austin Acreman took the loss on the mound earning five strikeouts, while giving up eight hits and five runs in three and 2/3 innings pitched. Hooper struck out three batters and gave up four hits with one run in two and 1/3 innings pitched.
Enterprise traveled to Auburn on Feb. 20 for a doubleheader against Auburn and West Point.
The Wildcats started the day off with a dominating 14-4 win over West Point. Enterprise had a huge day at the plate picking up 18 hits in 28 at bats as a team.
Williams went 4-for-4 with two RBIs and three runs, while Sessions went 4-for-4 with three runs and one RBI. Hooper also went 3-for-4 with three RBIs and a run. Loy also wen 2-for-3 with an RBI and two runs.
Gilbert scored two runs along with Wilkerson, Easterling and Powell scoring one run each.
Fleming picked up the “W” on the mound with four strikeouts , five hits and three runs given up in four innings pitched. Burrow earned a strikeout and gave up two hits with one run in one inning.
In the next game, Enterprise struggled to a 4-0 shutout loss to Auburn. After the huge day at the plate against West Point, the Wildcats earned just three hits in 24 at bats against Auburn. Sessions, Williams and Fleming each had one hit.
Cavanaugh took the loss on the mound as he earned four strikeouts, while giving up six hits and four runs. Burrow had one strikeout and gave up no hits or runs in one inning pitched.
Enterprise bounced back with a 7-2 win over GW Long on the road on Feb. 23. Sessions had a huge day in the win over Long going 4-for-4 with an RBI and two runs. Williams and Cavanaugh also had two hits.
Cavanaugh scored two runs with Loy, Powell and Fleming scoring one run each.
Williams struck out six batters and gave up four hits with two runs in five and 1/3 innings pitched, while Burrow gave up one hit and earned one strikeout in one inning. Hooper also pitched 2/3 of an inning and gave up no hits or runs.