PCS got the pitching it needed to compete with MRA in its playoff opener Tuesday night. It was the lack of timely hits which kept the Bobcats from finishing the job against the Patriots, who took a 1-0 series lead with a 3-2 win.
Through three innings of play, PCS held a 1-0 lead, thanks to an RBI double from Boone Roberson. In hindsight, that lead could’ve been larger, especially considering the Bobcats left the bases loaded in the second inning.
“[We] just couldn’t get the timely hit early in the game when we had runners in scoring position,” said PCS head coach Kyle Maxie. “That was the difference-maker.”
Jake Riley Gunn got the start on the mound for the Bobcats and went four innings with six strikeouts. Gunn was replaced by John Driskell in the top of the fifth with PCS still up 1-0. With a few baserunners on and nobody out, MRA then seized control with a three-run frame, taking a 3-1 lead on the Bobcats.
“He [Gunn] came out and gave us a shot. He threw his tail off,” said Maxie. “John Driskell came in behind him right there. [Driskell] got in trouble that first inning and settled in and did a nice job. Like I said, he gave us a chance to win it right there at the end.”
PCS pulled to within one run in the sixth off an RBI double from Blake Wilberding, but that would be it from the Bobcats, who fell to 7-24 with the loss. The team will need to win games two and three Thursday night at MRA in order to advance to the next round.
“This team’s grown up a lot since the beginning of the year. We just gotta simply go up there and get the job done,” added Maxie. “We gotta get the big hit when runners are in scoring position. We gotta execute the offense when they [MRA] give us chances like we had in the first couple of innings there. If we get that timely hit, it’s a whole different ballgame.”