Two years ago, the Wildcats made their way into the second round of the playoffs, the furthest this team has ever gone. Last year, the Wildcats were ousted in the first round, but this year is a new challenge in itself as they made the switch from Division III to Division IV, and have played a new set of schools. Twin Valley will need to put all of the fundamentals together for the second round when they face West Rutland on Sunday at 1 pm. The Golden Horde took it to the Wildcats at the beginning of the season, winning 16-1, by capitalizing on poor defense by the Wildcats. This time around, the Wildcats are more composed and settled into their duties, and will need to use that blowout loss from late April as motivation if they want to go where no Twin Valley team has gone before.
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PLAINFIELD- The ninth-seed Wildcats battled the eighth-seed Twinfield Trojans in the first round of the Division IV playoffs Wednesday afternoon, but it wasn’t much of a battle. Twin Valley took a slow lead early, and blew it up late, scoring six runs in the fourth inning to back up a one-hit performance by pitcher Colton Butler, and seal a trip to round two.
Butler pitched a stellar seven innings for the ‘Cats, throwing six strikeouts and walking two batters. Twinfield’s only run came in the third inning, at the time making the match a more interesting two-run game. But Twin Valley used contributions from all of their batters to wear down Twinfield, including Butler, who also led the team with three RBIs, going 2 for 5 with a triple and a single. Savannah Nesbitt went 3 for 5 with two RBIs and three runs, Christina Moore added a big day, going 3 for 5 with an RBI, and Natalie Herrick helped out in the bottom of the order, going 2 for 5 with an RBI.
“We’re peaking at the right time,” said manager Aaron Wood, “and that’s important in the playoffs. If we throw strikes and play defense like we did today, we can go far. We just need to believe that we’re as good as I know we are, and everyone has to be ready to play their best on Sunday.”