LOCKWOOD — The Diamond Wildcats were seeking their third consecutive win in as many days when they traveled to Lockwood for a Spring River Valley Conference game against the Tigers.
In the previous days, Diamond defeated Miller 7-4 Wednesday and rolled over Sarcoxie 14-0 Thursday, good for two conference victories.
On Friday, however, Lockwood jumped all over Diamond early with four runs in the first and three in the second producing a 7-1 lead after two innings and the Tigers pushed across four more runs in the fourth en route to a 11-3 victory.
The Wildcats got off to a great start Friday — continuing from their effort Thursday — with Trey Marbough’s leadoff double. Hunter Russow sacrificed Marbough over 90 feet and he came home on a passed ball.
The Tigers, though, roared back with seven unanswered runs.
Marbough enjoyed a solid game for the Wildcats at the plate with his leadoff double highlighting a 3 for 4 effort at the plate … and he scored all three Diamond runs.
Christian Maturino and Noah Hubbard rounded out Diamond’s five-hit attack, and Maturino’s double brought home Marbough for the lone Wildcat RBI.
The Wildcats struck out 13 times and walked not a single time against Lockwood pitchers Justin Nentrup and Dylan Gallup. Nentrup finished with nine strikeouts over 4 2/3 innings and Gallup added four strikeouts over his 2 1/3 innings of scoreless relief.
Meanwhile, Leighton Bridgewater went the distance for the Wildcats, allowing 11 runs (nine earned) on 14 hits over six innings and he struck out seven and walked one on a day when three arms combined for 20 strikeouts and a mere one walk.
Diamond, after having played five games in five days, enters Tuesday’s conference game against Jasper with a 3-8 overall and 2-2 SRVC record.