After four losses in a row and the most important part of their schedule upon them, head coach Mitchell Curry focused his team's recent practice on what he felt they needed the most improvement on - hitting. The Wildcats took batting practice before the start of the game this past Tuesday on the field rather than in the batting cages, as is the normal practice, and it worked.
It was not the game most envisioned after Richmond Hill got their season off to a fast 7-1 start. That tempo has now been slowed with four Wildcat losses in a row, the latest two coming in a five inning, 10-0, region 3-AAA opening loss to South Effingham and then a 9-0 loss to the Effingham County Rebels on Saturday.
A few days after their defense helped squeak them past a tough 4-3 test with Savannah Christian, the Wildcat defense, which has been sterling so far this season, finally showed a chink in its armor.
For five complete innings on Tuesday, Richmond Hill's Scott Strickland flirted with a no-hitter against Richmond Hill's old nemesis Savannah Christian, but for five innings his teammates failed to provide him with any run support. It would take a rally in the final two innings to give the Wildcats and Strickland the 4-3 well deserved victory.
Richmond Hill baseball has shined brightly for most of this early season. Except for a few innings of unexplainable, inexplicable, and now add to the adjectives "bizarre", failings that have led to all three of their losses - the Wildcats could have easily been undefeated. The most recent a 4-3 loss at Bradwell, a team they beat handily less than two weeks earlier, had performed the latest voodoo via the bunt in the fourth inning ...
An old adage in baseball is that hitting is contagious. If that is true, Mitchell Curry's Wildcats are in the throws of a full blown epidemic. Richmond Hill has 53 hits and 40 runs in the last three games. One of those games was a loss, but the latest victims of this outbreak were Johnson High School that lost in a rain make up on Friday 17-0 in four innings and a 14-0 thrashing of Bradwell on Saturday that lasted only five innings.
Richmond Hill coach Mitchell Curry knew Thursday night's game was going to be his teams first real test. Brunswick plays in region 2-AAAA and has the talent to finish strong in their region. So when Curry looked up at the scoreboard in the top of the sixth and saw his team leading 9-2 he had to be pretty pleased.
The night began with an introduction of the Richmond Hill players, middle school, junior varsity, and varsity to the teams supporters and fans. Then came a tribute to a former supporter and fan, Jim Bayens. Bayens, who passed away in 2006, was a long time supporter of Wildcat baseball. That support was commemorated with the unveiling of a sign that will hang on the backstop in his honor. His son, and former Wildcat ...
With two games now under their belts, albeit one of them was a pre-season practice game loss to Savannah Christian, head coach Mitchell Curry has to be fairly pleased with the results. The pitching is what he thought it would be and the rest isn't so bad either. On Monday night in Swainsboro the Wildcats rebounded nicely beating the always-tough Tigers on their own turf for a season starting 8-4 win.
It has become an annual event for Richmond Hill baseball. Carrabba's dinner and meet the team are as recognizable to Wildcat baseball as hotdogs and sand gnats. Last Tuesday night at the Richmond Hill High School cafeteria the local restaurant prepared meals for take out and dine in while head coach Mitchell Curry introduced his 2007 team to a room full of parents, boosters and administrators.
At the region tournament in Augusta on Wednesday, Feb. 14, the Richmond Hill High School girls basketball team defeated the highly touted Butler team to win a trip to the state playoffs.
Although the Richmond Hill boys finished the season as they started it, with another two losses in the final week, two of many that have piled up this season, throughout they have played hard, held their heads high, and respected each other as a team. On Saturday night against Jenkins, senior night, they respected those players who will be moving on.