Nothing’s come easy this season for PCS.
Facing off against heavyweights from 4A and up, the Bobcats started the year 1-10. Now, on a three-game winning streak, they seem to be finding their groove.
Their latest victory came Friday night against Sacred Heart in the ’Battle on Bonhomie’. Kyle Maxie’s Bobcats rallied from a 3-0 first inning deficit and scored 13 unanswered runs in picking up a 13-3, run-rule win over the Crusaders.
“For them to get down like that and answer the way they did, that’s a big step for this club,” Maxie said. “Overall, it’s a pretty young club. For them to answer like that, that was great.”
Sacred Heart started off hot with that three-run first inning, as Griffin Wiggins, Luke Hicks and Levi Odom drove in a run apiece for the Crusaders. Then, PCS starting pitcher Braxton Henley started to settle down and find his own groove.
“It all started on the mound,” Maxie said. “Braxton comes out and falls behind early. Then it’s almost like he gets in a groove. He gets looks and gets going out there.”
Henley, who went 4 2/3 innings and struck out five batters, got big-time run support in the form of a seven-run second inning and a three-run third for the Bobcats. After three innings, Henley and company led 10-3.
PCS scored three more runs in the fifth inning, invoking the run-rule for the win. Holden Dykes drove in the game-winner for the Bobcats. Dykes finished with a game-high 3 RBI on the night, while Nicholson Vance and Boone Roberson each drove in two apiece.
PCS improved to 4-10 with the victory. Considering where they were two weeks ago, it’s not a bad position to be in, especially with conference play just getting started next week, said Maxie.
“You always want to get a winning streak going heading into conference next week. We had a great game at Columbia Academy the other night. The guys fought back hard all the way through. Then tonight and if we can keep it going tomorrow, it’s always great to go into that next series with some confidence going.”
PCS honors the late Larry Mixon before the game
At the request of Maxie, PCS planned a special way to honor Larry Mixon, who led Sacred Heart’s baseball program the previous eight years and tragically passed away from cancer back in January.
The Bobcats flipped their “W” flag in right field to an “M” for Mixon. Also, a moment of silence was held before the game.
“For a guy like that who put his heart and soul into Sacred Heart baseball and pass away suddenly like he did, it’s hard,” Maxie said. “He [Mixon] is the one that kind of initiated the ‘Battle on Bonhomie’. That’s something to where we thought it was a special gesture for those guys. To show that respect pregame. Coach [Drew] Dewease was very honored by that gesture.”