The Bobcats took a trip to Ringgold, Ga. on Tuesday to face the region leading Generals of Heritage High School. The Cats were hoping to pick up where they left off last week after taking two out of three from the Southeast Whitfield Raiders, it was not meant to be.
It did not matter what the Cats tried to do or how hard they worked this season, there wasn’t any way they could prepare for the young man the Generals put on the mound. Cole Wilcox, a senior and a University of Georgia signee, brought everything he had as Major League scouts filled the reserved seating at Heritage field. Throwing 97 miles per hour in warm-ups had the Cats looking on in awe. Wilcox threw a consistent fastball of 93-95 mph and complimented it with an 85 mph breaking ball that had the Bobcats hitters spellbound. Hunter Bowyer and Sam Nicholson worked base hits off the flamethrower for the Generals but the Bobcats couldn’t muster any runs. Ninety-plus mph fastballs are really rare at the high school level and there really isn’t a way to prepare for them.
The Generals put up ten runs off of the three Bobcats pitchers with the highlight being Sophomore Tyler “Rocket” Wright coming in with 2 outs in the fourth and getting the third out. Wright allowed one run in the fifth giving the Generals the GHSA mercy rule victory.
Next up for the Bobcats will be Thursday as these same Generals come to Bobcat Field in game two of the three-game series starting at 5:55 pm.