PIERCE CITY — A day after surrendering 15 runs in a loss to Liberal, the Diamond Wildcats took a 18-8 loss in six innings Tuesday to the Pierce City Eagles in a Spring River Valley Conference clash.
Diamond scored one run in the first, two in the second, two in the fourth, and three in the fifth, but had trouble keeping up with Pierce City’s three in the first, three in the second, four in the third, five in the fifth, and three in the sixth.
The Wildcats actually produced more hits in the contest, 18 compared to Pierce City’s 12, but the Eagles also took advantage of nine walks and six hit batters.
Offensively, Trey Marbough, Hunter Renfro, Noah Hubbard, and Leighton Bridgewater each had three hits for Diamond, while Hunter Russow and Logan Brock each had two and Ben Moreland and Durham Mickey each had one to round out a Diamond lineup where eight of the nine reached the hits column. Renfro’s home run and a double highlighted the Wildcats’ efforts at the plate.
Renfro drove in four runs, Russow two, and Marbough and Brock one each.
On the mound, Marbough took the loss, allowing 11 runs (all earned) on nine hits over four innings and he struck out none and walked five. Renfro allowed three runs (all earned) on no hits over 2/3 inning and he struck out one and walked three. Mickey allowed four runs (all earned) on three hits over his inning of work and he struck out none and walked one.
Renfro started the scoring with a two-out solo homer in the first.
In the Diamond second, Hubbard singled and eventually scored on a Marbough single and Bridgewater scored on a Russow bunt single.
After not scoring in the third, Diamond managed to piece together a string of singles in the fourth, culminated by Renfro’s two-run single bringing home Mickey and Marbough, who started the inning with consecutive singles.
In the Diamond fifth, Russow scored Bridgewater on a bunt single, Renfro doubled home Marbough, and Brock scored Russow on a single.
Diamond fell to 3-12 overall and 2-5 SRVC, and step outside conference play Thursday to play host to Southwest. The Wildcats have home games remaining after that against Newton County rivals Seneca and East Newton.