The Bobcats took a trip over the mountain last week to face the non-region opponent in the Chattooga Indians. Falling behind early had Gilmer fighting to play catch up. The Cats fell in six innings on a walk-off home run.
The Indians started the scoring in the bottom half of the first inning with 6 runs. Though these runs would be enough, Chattooga continued to take advantage of a few Bobcats mistakes throughout the game to tally a total of fourteen and take the victory on a 3 run walk-off home run by Whitlock in the bottom of the sixth. In the big first for the Indians, the Cats had three errors to aid in the scoring. The final inning had hits by Tucker, Lackey, Wandell, Price, and Whitlock. Coach Jeff Thurman sent 3 to the mound in an effort to stop Chattooga to no avail. Evan Frady threw 47 pitches over three innings allowing 2 hits, 1 run, 3 walks and had a strikeout. Jess Buckner on 27 pitches had 5 hits, 6 runs, no walks, and 1 K. Austin Daman had 1 inning of work allowing 2 hits, 6 runs, 1 K, and 1 base on balls. Daman was given the loss as the pitcher of record.
The highlight of the game for the Gilmer Bobcats came in the top half of the second when Jake Rhodes stepped to the plate with 2 outs and no runners on. Rhodes took a 1 ball-1 strike pitch over the leftfield fence to put the Cats on the board. The Cats added 2 runs in the fifth inning and 1 run in the sixth but fell short in the mercy rule loss to the Indians. The Bobcats had 6 hits in the game and defensively committed 4 errors giving their opponent extra opportunities to pull away. Jake Rhodes was 1-2 with a home run and 1 RBI, hunter Bowyer and Austin Daman were both 1-2 with a walk and no strikeouts. The Bobcats started a 3 game region series with the Dragons of Pickens on Tuesday 3/19 to renew the 2019 version of the Hwy 515 rivalry.