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Bobcat Bats Come Alive in Win Over Oakland City

Mar 11, 2021

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#2 Caleb Johnson

The College of the Ozarks Baseball Bobcats hosted the Oakland City University Mighty Oaks on Wednesday and broke out the bats for a big nine inning win.  Scoring runs in every inning except the first and sixth, the Bobcats racked up 12 runs on 13 hits on their way to a 12-7 victory.

The Mighty Oaks jumped on the scoreboard early using a walk and a one out single to put a run on the board.  The Bobcats went down in order in the first and trailed 1-0 after one.  Trenton Hyde pitched out of a bases loaded jam in the top of the second to keep the Oaks off the board and Max Pulley led off the Bobcat half of the second with a single.  He was erased on a fielder’s choice by Lincoln Rasmussen and with two outs and a runner on first, Caleb Johnson opened his day with a double over the center fielder.  Lane McLevain followed Johnson with an RBI single and the Bobcats led 2-1 after two. The Mighty Oaks answered in the third with three runs off four hits and a hit batsman and led 4-2.  The Bobcats were only getting started and responded with three runs of their own to regain the lead.  Neco Lopez led off with a double and Dawson Nimmo was hit by a pitch.  Both runners advanced and Ryan Daggs hit a sacrifice fly to drive in Lopez.  Max Pulley slashed a single down the left field line and Chandler Tidwell singled to center.  Caleb Johnson hit his second double of the afternoon and the Bobcats led 5-4 after three.  The Oaks were held scoreless in the fourth and fifth, but the Bobcats continued to build their lead.  A Neco Lopez solo blast would add a run in the fourth and the Bobcats would get three more runs in the fifth.  Singles by Max Pulley and Lincoln Rasmussen set up Caleb Johnson for another RBI opportunity that he would not miss.  A shot over the left center field fence would add to his RBI total and make the Bobcat lead 9-4.  The Mighty Oaks would add two runs in the sixth and the Bobcats would go down with only a Ryan Daggs hit by pitch.  The Bobcats added two more runs in the seventh after retiring Oakland city in order in the top half.  A lead-off walk by Chandler Tidwell was followed by Caleb Johnson’s fourth hit of the day and a Lane McLevain double.  Seth Stamps hit a sacrifice fly to score a run and the lead was 11-6 after seven full innings.  The Mighty Oaks added a single run in the eighth to make it 11-7 but the Bobcats would capitalize on three walks and a double steal situation to match the Oaks eighth inning run.  Ryan Daggs pitched the final two frames to close the door on the Mighty Oaks and the Bobcats sealed the 12-7 win.

The Bobcats were led at the plate by Caleb Johnson with four hits, including two doubles, a homerun, a walk, three runs scored and four RBI’s. Max Pulley went three for four with two runs scored and Neco Lopez added a homerun and a double.  Lane McLevain added two hits with two RBI’s and Lincoln Rasmussen, Chandler Tidwell, and Andrew Martinez each added one hit each.  Joe Lee got the win on the mound for the Bobcats.

The Bobcats are scheduled to take on William Woods in a weekend series Friday and Saturday, March 12th and 13th at Coach Bob Smith Field.