2009 Game Summaries


Valdosta baseball falls in first round

Author: Staff reports
Publication Date: May 10, 2009 The Valdosta Daily Times

EVANS — The season came to an end for Valdosta High’s baseball team Friday night, as the Wildcats lost both games of their first-round series with Greenbrier, 12-0 and 9-6.

Valdosta ends its season 14-14. Greenbrier, a tough first-round opponent for the Wildcats, improved to 22-5.

The Wildcats were blown out 12-0 in five innings in the first game. Trailing 1-0 in the top of the fourth, VHS committed errors on two consecutive plays, and that started a six-run inning for Greenbrier.

The second game, however, was a classic. Facing elimination, Valdosta fell behind 3-0 in the third, but battled back to tie the score. The Wolf Pack took the lead two more times, but both times, the Wildcats came back to tie the score again.

“I was proud of our guys. They fought hard, and never gave up,” Valdosta head coach Bart Shuman said. “We scrapped and scratched and did the little things. I was proud of our effort.”

In the bottom of the seventh, Valdosta loaded the bases with one out, and had a chance to win the game. But they could not get the winning run across home plate, and the game went into extra innings.

Finally, in the top of the ninth, Greenbrier’s Shawn McCain hit a three-run homer to give his team a 9-6 lead.

Friday’s games were the last ones for Valdosta seniors Kyle Rowe, Jamie Turner, Cameron Cain, Harrison West, Stuart Brooks, John Mark Stephenson, Tyler Stalvey, Wesley Welch, Dustin Spriggs and Sterling Dunlap.

“It was a good season,” Shuman said. “I’m sad for our seniors.... They’ve had good careers here.”

Three times making the state playoffs, a region championship, a trip to the semifinals. I’m proud of them.”


Playoffs start for Vikings, ’Cats

Author: Christian Malone
Publication Date: May 8, 2009 The Valdosta Daily Times

VALDOSTA — The baseball teams from Lowndes and Valdosta High Schools begin their pursuit of a state championship today.

Lowndes (13-12) hosts Newton (9-15) in a doubleheader, beginning at 6 p.m. at Noel George Field. Valdosta (14-12) will hit the road, traveling to the Augusta area to face Greenbrier (20-5) in a doubleheader at 4:30 p.m.

Both games will be broadcast on the radio. As usual, Lowndes will be on 106.9 FM, while today’s Valdosta broadcast has been moved to 105.9 FM, and will also be available on the Internet at www.newstalk1059.fm.

The Lowndes Vikings are the Region 1-AAAAA champions, which guarantees them home games for at least the first two rounds of the state tournament. Like most teams, they’re glad to have the home field advantage.

“Home field is big,” Lowndes head coach Danny Redshaw said. “Funny things can happen when you travel. Our kids have worked hard and had a good year, and we’re glad to be able to play at home this series.”

Matt McCall, Lowndes’ ace right-hander, will start the first game for the Vikings. Redshaw said either right-hander Gabe Cason or southpaw Hayden Martin will start game 2.

Lowndes started the season 1-7 and 3-9, playing a very tough non-region schedule. But since a 4-2 nine-inning loss to rival Valdosta on March 24, the Vikings have been tough to beat. They beat AAAA No. 1 Lee County 9-7 the next night, and have won 10 of their last 13 games.

“We’re playing pretty good baseball right now,” Redshaw said. “I’m happy with the way we’ve played the last five weeks or so. It really started with the Valdosta game, which was a good ballgame. We beat Lee the next night, and that kick-started us. We’ve played well since then.”

Lowndes’ coach expects a challenge from Newton.

“Newton’s a good team. We’re going to have to play well to win,” Redshaw said. “I know they’ve got three good pitchers. They swing the bats pretty good. They’ve got power in the middle of their lineup, and some speed. It sounds like that region (2-AAAAA) was pretty tough this year.”

Valdosta finished the regular season in a tie with Northside for second place, but lost the tiebreaker because the Eagles had swept fourth-place Tift County (VHS had split with Tift). So the Wildcats have to go on the road.

“Five hours, possibly 10 in one day,” Valdosta head coach Bart Shuman said, referring to the time his team will be traveling today. “It’s a long drive. We need to be able to play well after a long bus ride.”

Greenbrier won the Class AAAA state championship in both 2006 and 2007, before moving up to AAAAA this season. Valdosta’s coach expects the Wolf Pack to be a tough opponent.

“They come from a great baseball region,” Shuman said. “They’ve won two state championships. They’re well-coached, they’ve got good baseball athletes. It will be a tough challenge.”

Valdosta started slowly this season (1-6), turned things around, winning 11 of 14 games at one point, then endured a four-game losing streak in late April. But the Wildcats have rebounded with two solid wins, 9-5 over Colquitt County and 12-1 over Houston County, and Shuman says they’re playing good baseball entering the playoffs.

“Last week, we played well in our two region games,” Shuman said. “The Houston County game might have been our best game of the year. Hopefully we can continue playing like that.

“The key is going to be for us to pitch well, and hit it like we have the last two weeks. We’ve got to adjust to a different atmosphere on the road in the playoffs, against a fundamentally-sound ballclub.”

Shuman will send his ace, Valdosta State signee Kyle Rowe, to the mound in game 1. Tyler Stalvey, another senior right-hander, will get the start in game 2.

“Tyler’s thrown well his last three outings,” Shuman said.


Valdosta Wildcats hammer Houston

Author: Staff reports
Publication Date: May 2, 2009 The Valdosta Daily Times

VALDOSTA — Valdosta High’s baseball team dominated Houston County Friday night, winning 12-1 in five innings at Bazemore Field.

The Wildcats scored two runs in the first inning, four in the second, two in the third and four in the fourth to put away the Bears.

Valdosta’s Jamie Turner hit a grand slam in the rout. Stuart Brooks had three hits for the Wildcats. Turner, Harrison Waller and Cameron Cain had two hits apiece.

Tyler Stalvey pitched a complete game and struck out six batters to earn his first victory as a Wildcat.

“Tyler Stalvey was just outstanding tonight,” Valdosta head coach Bart Shuman said. “He threw well, and we hit the ball well.”

Valdosta will begin the AAAAA state playoffs next week against a yet-to-be-determined opponent.


Valdosta JV baseball team ends season with a win

Author: Staff reports
Publication Date: May 1, 2009 The Valdosta Daily Times

NASHVILLE — Valdosta High’s junior varsity baseball team ended its 2009 season with a 2-1 win over Berrien Thursday night.

Ryan Whilden pitched a complete game, allowing just one hit and striking out seven. Trey Haygood had the game-winning RBI. Randy Cook drove in the other run for the Wildcats.

Valdosta’s JV finished the season 13-5.


Wildcats rebound with win over Colquitt County

Author: Wayne Grandy, The Moultrie Observer
Publication Date: April 29, 2009 The Valdosta Daily Times

MOULTRIE — Valdosta High’s baseball team ended a four-game losing streak, and earned a big Region 1-AAAAA victory Tuesday night, defeating Colquitt County 9-5.

The Wildcats overcame a 5-1 deficit, scoring the final eight runs of the game. Valdosta is now 13-12, and 9-4 in the region. The Wildcats close the season at home Friday, hosting Houston County.

Needing a victory to keep alive a faint hope of a playoff berth, Colquitt let a 5-1 fourth-inning lead slip away at Ike Aultman Field at Packer Park on Tuesday.

Colquitt County (8-15, 5-8 region) had to win its final two Region 1-AAAAA games and Tift County had to lose its final two for the Packers to reach the postseason. Tift County lost to Lowndes 5-2 on Tuesday, but that ended up being moot.

Valdosta scored two runs in the fifth and four in the sixth to take a 7-5 lead. The Wildcats added two more in the seventh to put the game out of reach.

Valdosta had dropped its last three region games in a row to fall to 8-4 and appeared in danger of facing a fourth-straight region defeat when it went into the top of fifth trailing 5-1.

The Wildcats scored a run in the top of the first on singles by Harrison Waller and Stuart Brooks and a ground out by Jamie Turner.

But the Packers touched up Valdosta starter Kyle Rowe for two runs on three hits and an error in the bottom of the inning.

The Packers made it 5-1 in the third when Hayden Kudela followed a Corey Hancock single and a walk by Austin Dykes with his second home run of the season.

But over the next 4 2/3 innings, the Packers managed just three hits and no runs off of Rowe.

Packers starter Russ DeMott had retired the six previous Wildcats in order when Ryan Whilden reached base to open the fifth.

One out later, Waller singled and Stuart Brooks got the second of his three hits to drive in the first Valdosta run of the inning. Turner doubled in Waller to cut the Packers’ lead to 5-3 before DeMott got out of the inning. When Brent Robison opened the sixth with a single, Packers coach Eric McCranie replaced DeMott with Hancock.

A walk, an error and a two-run single by Brooks tied the game. A two-run double by Cameron Cain off reliever John Michael Harrison gave the Wildcats the 7-5 lead.

Three walks, two singles and a throwing error led to the final two Valdosta runs in the top of the seventh.

Despite his early trouble, Rowe (6-4) went the distance to get the win and finished strong, striking out the side in the bottom of the seventh. The senior right-hander gave up 10 hits, walked one and struck out four.

Brooks and Robison each had three hits and Waller had two for Valdosta. Cain, Turner and Harrison West had the others.

Hancock, Ryan Davis and Jebb Cato each had two hits for the Packers. Harrison, Kudela, Matt Creech and Cole Pitts had the others.


Coffee knocks off VHS

Author: Staff reports
Publication Date: April 25, 2009 The Valdosta Daily Times

DOUGLAS — Coffee handed Valdosta High’s baseball team its third straight Region 1-AAAAA loss Friday night, winning 5-2.

Kyle Rowe had two hits for the Wildcats (12-13, 8-4 region), who face Colquitt County on Tuesday.


Vikings win crosstown showdown
Lowndes scores 13 runs in first three innings, defeats Valdosta 13-7

Author: Christian Malone
Publication Date: April 22, 2009 The Valdosta Daily Times

VALDOSTA — Lowndes High can hit a baseball. Valdosta found that out the hard way Tuesday night.

Lowndes defeated its crosstown rivals 13-7 at Bazemore Field Tuesday. In the process, the Vikings took sole possession of first place in Region 1-AAAAA, with three games left to play. Lowndes (11-10) is 9-2 in the region, while Valdosta (12-10) falls to 8-3.

“It’s a great position to be in,” Lowndes head coach Danny Redshaw said. “The ball is in our court, if we hold up our end of the deal. The only way we don’t win the region is if we lose a baseball game. It’s not going to be easy, but you’d rather be sitting in first with three to go than sitting somewhere else.”

Lowndes’ offensive star was catcher Mike Moore, who hit two home runs and drove in five runs in the victory. Moore’s first homer, a three-run shot, gave the Vikings a 4-0 lead in the top of the first. His second homer, a two-run blast in the third, increased the Vikings’ lead to 9-1, a lead Lowndes would not relinquish.

“I’m so happy. I always wanted to hit a home run off Valdosta, and I hit two tonight,” Moore said.

“How about that? Mike Moore had a great game,” Redshaw said. “He had a single also. He did a tremendous job at the plate.”

The win broke Valdosta’s three-game winning streak in the baseball version of the Winnersville Classic.

“They beat us three in a row coming into this game,” Moore said. “They embarrassed us last year (10-0 in five innings). We came in this year, and wanted to beat the heck out of them, and we did it. I’m so happy. We all work together and have great chemistry.”

A high-scoring Lowndes-Valdosta baseball game is rare. But on Tuesday, the Vikings and the Wildcats combined for 20 runs, against two of the best pitchers in the region.

Valdosta ace Kyle Rowe hadn’t had a bad start in ages, and was 3-0 lifetime against Lowndes. But he was also pitching for the third time in eight days, after a complete game last Tuesday against Tift County and a relief appearance against Northside on Friday. He was not his usual dominant self, and a hard-hitting Lowndes squad took advantage.

“He’s a great pitcher, a quality pitcher,” Redshaw said. “We’ve been swinging the bats well, and he struggled a little bit. We took advantage of it. I’m glad we finally beat the kid. I’m glad he’s graduating. I hope he has a great college career.”

“(Bad outings) happen in this game,” Valdosta head coach Bart Shuman said.

Matt McCall (6-2) was the winning pitcher for Lowndes. The senior right-hander allowed seven runs and seven hits, striking out five, but his teammates gave him plenty of run support. Gabe Cason closed the door with two scoreless innings.

“He did (battle). He’s a competitor,” Redshaw said about McCall. “He didn’t have his good stuff. He struggled a little bit, but he gave us a chance to win. That’s what good pitchers do.”

Adam Rigoni led off the game with a double, and went to third on a wild pitch. Rowe retired the next two batters, and worked a two-strike count on Cole Fuller. But then Fuller lined a shot to deep center field, scoring Rigoni with the first run of the game. Rowe hit Lee Rewis, putting two runners on. Then Moore jumped on a pitch and hit it over the fence for a three-run homer, making it 4-0 Vikings.

“They just hit the ball early. We got two outs, then Fuller hit the double, and that got (their offense going),” Shuman said.

Valdosta responded with a run in the bottom of the first. Harrison Waller walked to start the inning and later scored on a passed ball.

Lowndes put five more runs on the board in the second. Cason and Bryant Alonso reached base to start the inning, then Rigoni singled home Cason. Rowe hit Brandon Gilbert with a pitch, loading the bases with no outs. Zac Freeman lined a two-strike pitch into right field for a two-run double, making it 7-1. Two batters later, Kyler Kirkland singled to left, scoring two more runs and increasing the Vikings’ lead to 9-1.

Valdosta found itself trailing by eight, but it wasn’t ready to throw in the towel yet. The Wildcats came back with three runs in the bottom of the second. With one out, Rowe singled to left and Brent Robison followed with a single to right. One out later, Harrison West jumped on a pitch and blasted a triple to right center, scoring Rowe and Robison. Waller singled to right center, and West crossed home to make it 9-4.

Lowndes’ offensive onslaught continued in the top of the third. Rigoni, batting for the third time Tuesday, reached on an error to start the inning. Gilbert and Freeman walked, and both Rigoni and Gilbert scored on wild pitches by John Mark Stephenson, who had relieved Rowe with two outs in the second. Tyler Stalvey replaced Stephenson with one out in the third and struck the first batter out. But then Moore ripped a pitch that went over the 370-foot sign in center field for a two-run homer, giving the Vikings a commanding 13-4 lead.

After that, Stalvey settled down, and held Lowndes scoreless the rest of the way. The senior right-hander shut out LHS over the final four innings, striking out three.

“I thought Tyler Stalvey did a fantastic job, with four scoreless innings,” Shuman said.

Valdosta put a run on the board in the bottom of the third. Cameron Cain started the inning with a walk. Brooks was hit in the head with a pitch, but was OK. With two outs, Robison lined the ball just inside the line in right field, scoring Cain and making it 13-5.

In the bottom of the fifth, Brooks drilled a two-run homer to left center, cutting Valdosta’s deficit to 13-7.

“Our guys never quit. We made a little run at it. I was proud of them for not laying down and giving up,” Shuman said.

The game was delayed 65 minutes by lighting at the start of the seventh inning, but eventually resumed, and Lowndes closed out the win shortly thereafter.


Lowndes High's Mike Moore circles the bases after hitting his second home run of the game Tuesday evening at Bazemore Field. Moore drove in five runs and helped the Vikings beat the Wildcats 13-7.
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Valdosta's Tyler Stalvey (23) throws a pitch against Lowndes High Tuesday evening at Bazemore Field.
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Valdosta High's Stuart Brooks (16) goes down after getting hit in the helmet Tuesday evening against Lowndes High. Brooks was OK.
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Wildcats, Vikings clash tonight for first place
Author: Christian Malone
Publication Date: April 21, 2009 The Valdosta Daily Times

VALDOSTA — Winnersville’s two rivals sit at the top of the Region 1-AAAAA baseball standings. Tonight, one of them will climb into the driver’s seat, while the other one will fall back into second.

Lowndes High (10-10, 8-2) travels across town to face Valdosta High (12-9, 8-2) tonight at Bazemore Field. The first pitch comes at 6 p.m.

Tonight’s game will not decide the region title; there are still three games left to go in the Region 1 season after this one. But the winner will certainly have its region destiny in its own hands.

“There’s a little more riding on this game,” Valdosta head coach Bart Shuman said. “Whoever wins this game will have the inside track in the region. It’s a good matchup between two good teams.”

“We’re looking forward to it,” Lowndes head coach Danny Redshaw said. “I’m sure it will be a playoff atmosphere. The winner’s going to be in first place, and the loser will be fighting for second. It’s going to be a battle.”

Both coaches will send their aces to the mound tonight. Kyle Rowe (5-3, 3.09), who is 3-0 lifetime against Lowndes, heads to the mound for Valdosta. Rowe, who has committed to Valdosta State, has been a big-game pitcher throughout his Wildcat career.

Meanwhile, the Vikings will counter with Matt McCall (5-2, 2.45), a Mercer signee. McCall has had two quality starts against Valdosta the last two years, but has only a loss and a no-decision to show for two duels with Rowe. The two-right handers also battled to a nine-inning stalemate in ninth grade, a game Valdosta later won.

Both coaches knew who the other team was pitching tonight. With first place on the line, there was no doubt each team would put its best arm on the mound.

“I expect two very good pitchers to throw good games,” Shuman said. “They both pitched great the last time we played, and I expect (tonight’s) game to be the same way.”

“Matt’s thrown well against Valdosta. He’s thrown well all year,” Redshaw said. “He and Rowe are both good pitchers.”

A win would especially be big for Valdosta, as it would give the Wildcats a season sweep and the edge if a tiebreaker should occur at the end of the region season.

The fans can probably bet money that they won’t see a repeat of the last Valdosta-Lowndes game played at Bazemore Field, a 10-0 Valdosta rout in 2008. They will more likely see another game like the Wildcats and Vikings played on March 24, a nine-inning duel that Valdosta won 4-2. That night, Rowe turned in a gutsy nine-inning performance, and got two impressive defensive plays — by right fielder Stuart Brooks in the seventh and center fielder Harrison West in the ninth — to keep the Vikings off the scoreboard. In the ninth, Valdosta sophomore Brent Robison singled home Brooks and Rowe with the runs that decided the game.

“That was a great ballgame,” Shuman said. “Throughout the years, Lowndes and Valdosta have had some real good games, and I expect another good game tomorrow.”

Both coaches feel good about the way their team is playing, particularly since region play started.

“I think we’re playing really well,” Shuman said. “We’ve been pretty consistent all year. We’ve been in every game. This is a good team.”

“We’ve been playing pretty well the last few weeks,” Redshaw said. “We’re pitching pretty good, and swinging it pretty good. They’re excited about the challenge. I know they’re looking forward to it.”


Wildcats fall in extra innings, 6-5
Author: Staff Reports
Publication Date: April 17, 2009 The Valdosta Daily Times

WARNER ROBINS — Valdosta High’s baseball team fell 6-5 to Northside in eight innings Friday night.

The Wildcats (13-9) held a 5-0 lead with two outs in the fifth. But Northside hit a two-run homer, tied the score with three runs in the sixth and won it with a run in the eighth.

Stuart Brooks had three hits for Valdosta, which dropped into a tie for first in Region 1-AAAAA at 8-2. Wesley Welch and Kyle Rowe added two hits apiece for the Wildcats.


Valdosta Wildcats fall to Columbia, 5-4
Author: Staff Reports
Publication Date: April 16, 2009 The Valdosta Daily Times

LAKE CITY, Fla. — Valdosta High’s baseball team committed seven errors, and lost 5-4 to Columbia Wednesday night. All five Columbia runs were unearned.

Harrison West hit a two-run homer for the Wildcats (12-8), who travel to Northside on Friday.


Valdosta JV team beats Lowndes in 8 innings
Author: Staff Reports
Publication Date: April 16, 2009 The Valdosta Daily Times

VALDOSTA — Valdosta High’s junior varsity baseball team scored three runs in the eighth inning, and defeated Lowndes 10-7 Wednesday.

Harrison Waller swung Valdosta’s biggest bat, going 4-for-6 and driving in five runs. Randy Cook went 2-for-5 with an RBI. Russ Newbern had an RBI and a triple. Valdosta starter Ryan Whilden went six innings, striking out seven. Keyuntay Gatlin got the win in relief, shutting out the Vikings for two innings.

Valdosta’s JV hosts Lee County on Friday.


’Cats win on Senior Night
Author: Adam MacDonald
Publication Date: April 15, 2009 The Valdosta Daily Times

VALDOSTA — The Valdosta Wildcats are a baseball team that appears to get better with each passing game.

That was the case again on Tuesday night, as the Wildcats beat the Tift County Blue Devils 8-3 at Bazemore Field.

With the win over the Blue Devils, the ’Cats improved to 8-1 in Region 1-AAAAA and 12-7 overall. Their only loss in the region came at Tift on March 17.

Despite the success, the ’Cats are still taking it one step at a time.

“It means nothing in particular,” Valdosta head coach Bart Shuman said. “We have Northside (Warner Robins) on Friday, and that’s all we need to worry about. One region game at a time, that’s it.”

Kyle Rowe pitched a complete game and gave up three runs on seven hits, while striking out three, to lift the ’Cats over the Blue Devils on Senior Night. He also hit a three-run homer that broke the game open.

“You’re going to get the same from Kyle every time he goes out,” Shuman said. “He’s going to be in the strike zone. He’s a competitor. He’s going to keep you in the game.”

Rowe’s three-run shot came with one out in the bottom of the fourth with the ’Cats leading 1-0. Cameron Cain started the rally by drawing a walk, then a slow chopper by Jamie Turner got by Tift first baseman Tyler Hobby. Rowe followed with an opposite field homer over the wall in right-center field.

“(The pitch) was outside, and I just tried to hit it that way,” Rowe said. “The wind caught it. I didn’t know it was out until I got to second base. It was a confidence booster, not just because I hit it, but because we got a few extra runs.”

Until his home run, Rowe was in a pitcher’s duel with Tift’s Sy Crumley, who gave up the homer. Crumley hit Harrison Waller to start the bottom of the first, then gave up a single to Chad Prain to put runners on first and second. Waller came around to score on a 6-4-3 double play by Cain to make it 1-0, but Cain’s double play started a streak of nine consecutive batters retired by Crumley.

Rowe was equally effective on the mound. He scattered four hits over the first four innings without allowing a run. The first 3 1/2 innings took just 30 minutes to play.

With Valdosta leading 4-0, Tift cut the lead in half with two outs in the fifth. Ryan Casey doubled, then the ’Cats opted to intentionally walk leadoff hitter Chance Veazey, a University of Georgia signee. Thomas Burtle followed with a two-run double to right field to make it 4-2.

The ’Cats got the run back in the bottom half of the fifth when Burtle, in relief of Crumley, threw a wild pitch with the bases loaded that scored Waller.

The ’Cats tacked on three more runs in the sixth to make it 8-2. No. 9 hitter Harrison West singled home Brent Robison on a hit-and-run, then Waller hit a two-run double, scoring Wesley Welch and West.

Tift had one last chance for a comeback when it loaded the bases with no outs in the seventh, but Rowe pitched out of it by giving up an RBI sacrifice fly to Veazey and getting the last two batters to ground back to him to end the game.

“I won’t say I was panicked,” Rowe said. “I know it was my fault they got on, so I settled down and got them to hit a couple ground balls.”

Waller went 2-for-3 with three RBIs and two runs. Rowe went 1-for-2 with a homer, three RBIs and a walk. West went 2-for-3 with a pair of singles and a run.

For the Blue Devils, Crumley took the loss after pitching 4 1-3 innings and giving up four runs (three earned) on two hits. He was removed from the game with one out in the bottom of the fifth. Shuman said he appeared to aggravate an abdominal muscle in the previous inning’s at-bat.

Seth Mann went 2-for-4 for Tift with two singles. He was the only Blue Devil with a multi-hit game.

The ’Cats will step out of region to play a make-up game against Columbia High today at 6:30 p.m. in Lake City, Fla. The ’Cats return to region play on Friday at 7 p.m., when they travel to Northside-Warner Robins. Despite a showdown with archrival Lowndes looming on Tuesday, Shuman said the team’s focus is not on the Vikings, but instead just on the next game.


Valdosta High's Kyle Rowe (14) gets congratulated by head coach Bart Shuman after hitting a three-run home run Tuesday at Bazemore Field.
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Valdosta High's Brent Robison looks towards first base after fielding a ground ball during the Wildcats’ 8-3 win over Tift County Tuesday at Bazemore Field.
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Valdosta High's Harrison Waller (8) slides into third base, as Tift County’s Seth Mann (24) looks for the throw Tuesday at Bazemore Field.
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Valdosta High's Chad Prain runs to first base against Tift County Tuesday at Bazemore Field.
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Valdosta High's Chad Prain (10) holds up the ball after forcing out a Tift County player Tuesday at Bazemore Field.
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Valdosta High senior baseball players are recognized, along with their parents, Tuesday during the Senior Night pre-game festivities on Bazemore Field.
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Valdosta beats Warner Robins, 7-2
Author: Staff reports
Publication Date: April 11, 2009 The Valdosta Daily Times

WARNER ROBINS — Valdosta High maintained its one-game lead in the Region 1-AAAAA baseball standings with a 7-2 win over Warner Robins Friday afternoon.

Chad Prain (4-1) pitched a complete game for the Wildcats, who improved to 11-7, and 7-1 in the region.

Stuart Brooks had three hits and three RBIs for Valdosta. Wesley Welch had two hits and drove in two runs, while Harrison West also had two hits.

Valdosta hosts Tift County on Tuesday.


Wildcats fall to Lee County, 6-4
Author: Christian Malone
Publication Date: April 9, 2009 The Valdosta Daily Times

VALDOSTA — Valdosta High’s baseball team lost its first game in over three weeks, falling 6-4 to Lee County on Wednesday at Bazemore Field.

The Wildcats (10-7) had not lost since falling 7-3 to Tift County on St. Patrick’s Day in Tifton.

Kent Patrick was the difference-maker for Lee County (14-1), the No. 1 team in Class AAAA, on Wednesday. The Trojans’ cleanup hitter hit two home runs, including the game-winner in the top of the fifth inning.

Valdosta hurt itself when it gave Lee an extra out in the fifth inning. With two outs, following back-to-back strikeouts by VHS starter Tyler Stalvey, Valdosta’s third baseman couldn’t handle Taylor Howell’s ground ball. That brought Patrick to the plate, and he drilled a pitch off of the scoreboard in center field to give Lee a 6-4 lead.

Lee relievers Andrew Tharp and Tyler Knight made that lead stand up the rest of the game. The two right-handers combined for 4.1 scoreless innings, and allowed only one Wildcat to get past first base. Tharp earned the win, while Knight, a side-armer, got the save.

Lee took the early lead with a four-run second. Leading off the inning, Patrick knocked a pitch over the fence for his first homer of the day. Colten Glover followed with a double. After a strikeout and a walk, Chase Griffin beat out an infield single, loading the bases. Justin McCalvin walked, and Glover trotted home, making it 2-0. Matthew Suggs grounded to second for a force out, but beat the throw to first, and Jess Posey scored. Then Suggs and Griffin executed a double steal, with Griffin scoring to make it 4-0.

The Wildcats tied the score with four runs in the third. Leading off the inning, Wesley Welch ripped a Posey pitch off the top of the fence in right center — barely missing a home run — and wound up on second with a double. Then Harrison West stepped up to the plate, and drilled a pitch over the wall in right center for a two-run homer, his first of the year, cutting Lee’s lead to 4-2.

After a strikeout, Chad Prain lined a double to the fence in left. Then Cameron Cain duplicated West’s feat, blasting a two-run homer to right center, tying the game.

The Wildcats loaded the bases with two outs, but then Lee went to the bullpen, and Tharp got Welch to hit into a fielder’s choice.

The score remained 4-4 until the top of the fifth, when Lee scored what turned out to be the winning runs on Patrick’s homer.

Valdosta’s best scoring chance after its four-run inning came in the bottom of the sixth. With two outs, Harrison Waller singled to left and Prain walked, putting two men. But Knight entered the game and struck out Cain with a tough curveball.

Stuart Brooks and Brent Robison had two hits each for Valdosta, while Prain reached base in each of his four plate appearances.

Stalvey was a hard-luck loser. The senior right-hander pitched 6.2 innings, giving up six runs, four earned, and nine hits, striking out six. Take away his only bad inning, the second, and Stalvey allowed no earned runs and six hits.

For Lee, Patrick went 3-for-4 with two home runs and three RBIs. Glover was 3-for-3.

Valdosta travels to Warner Robins on Friday for a 7 p.m. Region 1-AAAAA game.


First baseman Cameron Cain (11) and the Valdosta High baseball team fell 6-4 to Lee County on Wednesday.
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Wildcats defeat Trojans
Valdosta stays in first with 7-3 win over Coffee

Author: Adam MacDonald
Publication Date: April 8, 2009 The Valdosta Daily Times

VALDOSTA — Kyle Rowe allowed three runs in the third inning, but Valdosta High’s ace recovered to retire 12 of the final 14 batters he faced, and led the VHS baseball team to a 7-3 win over Coffee Tuesday night at Bazemore Field.

The Wildcats (10-6, 6-1) took an early 3-0 lead, but the Trojans tied it the top of the third. Coffee got a run a fielder’s choice, then two more runs on a pair of two-out RBI doubles to tie the game at 3-3.

But the ’Cats rallied to score two runs in the bottom of the third and added two more in the fourth off of Coffee starter Ryan Mayo.

That was more than enough support for Rowe. Valdosta’s ace, one of the top pitchers in the state, allowed no hits and two base runners over the final four innings of work. The two batters that reached base both reached on walks. He pitched a complete game, giving up three runs on four hits while striking out nine. He struck out the first five batters of the game.

“I got behind, and I tried to do a little too much, and started to mess up,” Rowe said about his third-inning struggles. “After that, I calmed down and trusted the defense.”

“He doesn’t get rattled. He’s an experienced guy. He has a lot of wins under his belt,” Valdosta head coach Bart Shuman said.

The Wildcats improved to 6-1 in Region 1-AAAAA with the win, and are alone in first place.

“I’d love to be undefeated, but I’ve said all along I can’t tell if we’re undefeated or have five losses,” Shuman said. “We just come to work everyday. We’re getting better.”

The ’Cats jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first. Harrison Waller walked to start the inning and Chad Prain followed with a single. Waller hustled to beat the throw to third and Prain advanced to second. Two batters later, Waller scored on a wild pitch to make it 1-0, and Prain advanced to third. Jamie Turner walked, putting runners on the corners for Stuart Brooks, who singled home Prain to make it 2-0. Later in the inning, Brent Robison knocked in Turner when Coffee’s shortstop booted a ground ball, making it 3-0.

Coffee answered with its three-run third inning, but Robison put the ’Cats back on top 5-3 with a two-run single in the bottom of the third. Brooks came across the plate easily, then Rowe was able to make it home when the Trojans’ left fielder misplayed the ball.

Brooks and Robison were at it again in the fourth. Brooks smacked an RBI double to score Cameron Cain to make it 6-3. Brooks came into score on an RBI single by Robison to complete the scoring at 7-3.

Brooks went 3-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs. Robison finished 2-for-3 with three RBIs.

“I was proud of the guys,” Shuman said. “They bounced back and got two runs (in the third and fourth), and they fed off of that. We kept swinging the bats. We had 10 hits.”

The Wildcats return to action today at 6 p.m. when they host Lee County. Lee County is currently the No. 1 team in Class AAAA in the PrepCountry.com/GACA Coaches Baseball Poll.


Valdosta’s Jamie Turner slides in safely at home plate, as Coffee catcher Jordan Farabow loses the ball Tuesday.
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Coffee shortstop Luke Anderson looks towards first base, after Valdosta’s Harrison Waller beat the throw to second Tuesday at Bazemore Field.
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Wildcats shut out Bucks, 6-0
Tyler Stalvey, Ryan Whilden, John Mark Stephenson keep Deerfield off of the scoreboard Monday

Author: Christian Malone
Publication Date: April 7, 2009 The Valdosta Daily Times

VALDOSTA — Three Valdosta High pitchers combined on a four-hit shutout, leading the Wildcats to a 6-0 win over Deerfield Beach Monday night at Bazemore Field.

Tyler Stalvey, Ryan Whilden and John Mark Stephenson combined to limit Deerfield Beach, a school from southern Florida currently traveling on its annual spring break trip, to just four hits and kept the Bucks off of the scoreboard.

“We used three different pitchers, and all of them did a very good job,” Valdosta head coach Bart Shuman said. “Ryan Whilden is a sophomore, and it’s good for him to get some innings on varsity.

“It was a well-played game. We only had one error. We only walked two batters. It was a good, solid win.”

Valdosta’s baseball team improved to 9-6 with the win.

The game was a pitcher’s duel for the first three innings, as Deerfield starter Kurt Hardy matched zeroes with the Wildcat pitchers, retiring nine of the first 10 batters he faced.

Valdosta finally broke through with two runs in the bottom of the fourth. Chad Prain led off the fourth with a single to left center, then advanced on a wild pitch. Cameron Cain walked. Jamie Turner hit a routine ground ball, but Deerfield shortstop Kevin Zarote booted the ball, and Prain scored the first run of the game. Later in the inning, Stuart Brooks lined out to left, but Cain tagged up and scored from third to give the Wildcats a 2-0 lead.

Valdosta increased its lead with four runs in the fifth. Leading off the inning, Harrison West beat out a bunt, then stole second. Brent Robison hit a fly ball that the wind carried over the center fielder’s head. West scored easily, and Robison raced into third with a triple. Prain’s fly ball was dropped by the center fielder, and Robison scored, making it 4-0. Two batters later, Jamie Turner lined a double down the left field line, scoring Prain.

Valdosta got its last run of the inning on a bizarre play. Wesley Welch struck out, foul tipping strike three into the catcher’s glove. Brooks was running on the pitch, and turned around, thinking he had to return to first on a foul tip. He didn’t, and soon found himself in a rundown. But Brooks eluded the first baseman’s tag, and got back safely. Meanwhile, Turner took off for home and scored, making it 6-0.

That was more than enough support for Valdosta’s pitchers. Stalvey allowed one hit in two innings, striking out two. Whilden was the winning pitcher, holding Deerfield to just two hits in four innings of relief, striking out four. Stephenson closed out the win with a scoreless seventh.

“It’s big. You never know when we’ll need one of them,” Shuman said. “Last Friday, Chad had trouble, and John Mark came in and did an outstanding job. We’re trying to build a pitching staff and get our young guys ready.”

Deerfield thought it scored a run in the first. Tyler Hubbard reached on a two-base error to start the game, and was sacrificed to third. Hardy hit a fly ball to left field, and Hubbard tagged up and scored. Or so he thought. Shuman appealed that Hubbard had left third early, and the umpires agreed, calling him out.

Robison was the only Valdosta player with multiple hits Monday, going 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI. Prain scored two runs. The Wildcats only had seven hits, but took advantage of their opportunities.

Valdosta will host Coffee at 6 p.m. today in a big Region 1-AAAAA game.


Valdosta’s Chad Prain (10) gets caught in a rundown during the first inning Monday at Bazemore Field. Prain is chased by Deerfield Beach shortstop Kevin Zarote.
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Valdosta High’s Chad Prain (10) slides in to second base during a steal, as Deerfield Beach second baseman Tyler Hubbard applies the tag Monday at Bazemore Field.
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Valdosta defeats Houston County

Author: Staff Reports
Publication Date: April 4, 2009 The Valdosta Daily Times

WARNER ROBINS — Valdosta High’s baseball team improved to 5-1 in Region 1-AAAAA with a 15-6 win over Houston County Friday night.

Jamie Turner blasted a three-run homer and had three hits for the Wildcats. Chad Prain, Cameron Cain and Kyle Rowe had two hits apiece. John Mark Stephenson got the win in relief, pitching five innings and holding Houston to one unearned run, striking out six.

Valdosta (8-7) hosts Deerfield Beach on Monday, then welcomes Coffee to Bazemore Field on Tuesday.


’Cats beat rain, Packers
Prain hits two homers in 14-4 rout of Colquitt

Author: Christian Malone
Publication Date: April 1, 2009 The Valdosta Daily Times

VALDOSTA — Valdosta High’s baseball team beat both Colquitt County and the rain Tuesday night.

Valdosta (7-7, 4-1 region) maintained a share of first place in Region 1-AAAAA with a 14-4 rout of Colquitt on Tuesday at Bazemore Field. The Wildcats took the lead with three runs in the second inning, then pulled away with five runs in the third, one in the fifth and four more in the sixth to earn the mercy rule victory.

“Our guys swung the bats well,” Valdosta head coach Bart Shuman said. “We were glad to get a win. We’re playing well.”

Chad Prain swung Valdosta’s biggest bat Tuesday. The junior shortstop, who was an All-Region selection a year ago, blasted two home runs and reached base all five times he came to the plate.

“Chad hit two home runs today. He’s getting on a roll,” Shuman said.

Stuart Brooks also went deep for Valdosta, for the second time in less than a week. The Wildcats only had four home runs all year, but hit three on Tuesday.

Valdosta pounded out 12 hits and took advantage of eight walks issued by Colquitt pitchers.

The game was scheduled to start at 6 p.m., but with a nasty storm expected to hit southern Georgia early Tuesday evening, Shuman and Packers head coach Eric McCranie decided to play the game a couple hours earlier. The move was wise — the downpour came less than a half hour after the game ended.

“I’m just glad we got the game in,” Shuman said. “It got a little slick in the sixth inning.”

After each team scored a run in the first inning — Colquitt on a couple of errors, Valdosta on Prain’s first home run — the Wildcats took the lead for good with a three-run second. Kyle Rowe led off the inning with a double, stole third and scored on Taylor McQuaig’s single. Later in the inning, the Wildcats loaded the bases, then Cameron Cain doubled home Harrison West and Harrison Waller, giving Valdosta a 4-1 lead.

The Packers came back with a run in the top of the third. Corey Hancock led off with a single, stole second and scored on Cole Pitts’ single, making it 4-2.

The Wildcats exploded in the bottom of the third, crossing home plate five times. Leading off the inning, Brooks drilled a pitch over the fence for his second home run of the season.

“Stuart Brooks has been on fire,” Shuman said.

After Brooks’ homer, Rowe walked, went to third on a stolen base and a sacrifice, and scored on a passed ball. With two outs, West walked and Waller singled. Then Prain stepped up to the plate, and drilled another pitch over the fence for his second home run of the game. That gave the Wildcats a 9-2 lead.

In the fourth, Hancock and Pitts both drove in runs for Colquitt with RBI singles, cutting the Wildcats’ lead to 9-4. Valdosta came right back with a run in the bottom half of the inning. Brent Robison singled with two outs and scored on McQuaig’s double, making it 10-4.

Valdosta ended the game via the mercy rule with four runs in the bottom of the sixth. The inning began with a single, a hit by pitch and a fielder’s choice. McQuaig singled home Brooks. Then West, Waller and Prain each drew walks. The first two walks scored Rowe and McQuaig, and West scored on a passed ball, increasing the Wildcats’ lead to 14-4 and ended the game.

Rowe was the winning pitcher, allowing four runs and six hits in five innings. He struck out eight and improved to 3-2. Prain pitched a scoreless sixth inning, striking out two.

At the plate, Prain went 2-for-2 with two home runs and four RBIs. He also drew three walks. Waller was 2-for-4 with two RBIs and scored two runs. Cain was 2-for-4 with three RBIs. Rowe and West each scored three runs, while Waller, Prain and Brooks crossed home plate twice.

Valdosta travels to Houston County Friday night.


Valdosta High’s Chad Prain hit two home runs in the Wildcats’ 14-4 win over Colquitt County Tuesday at Bazemore Field. Prain also reached base five times in the win.
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Wildcats defeat Leon in 8 innings

Author: Staff reports
Publication Date: March 26, 2009 The Valdosta Daily Times

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — For the second day in a row, Valdosta High’s baseball team won a game in extra innings. Wednesday night, the Wildcats defeated Leon 8-6 in eight innings.

The Wildcats rallied from a 5-0 deficit to send the game into extra innings, then won it in the eighth.

Stuart Brooks and Taylor McQuaig both homered for Valdosta. Brooks, Chad Prain and Cam Cain had two hits apiece.

John Mark Stephenson got the win, pitching the final two innings in relief of starter Tyler Stalvey.

Valdosta had beaten Lowndes 4-2 in nine innings on Tuesday.

The Wildcats (6-6) host Coffee at 7 p.m. Friday.

Valdosta JV beats Thomas Co. Central

VALDOSTA — Valdosta High’s junior varsity baseball team defeated Thomas County Central 11-8 Wednesday.

Russ Newbern went 2-for-3 with a home run. Ross McLeod was 2-for-3 with two RBIs. Randy Cook went 3-for-3. Robert Wheling drove in two runs.

Keyuntay Gatlin struck out five batters in three innings, then Zach Mize fanned seven in four innings for the Wildcats (9-3), who travel to TCCHS next Thursday.


’Cats win extra-inning battle
Valdosta takes Winnersville showdown with two runs in 9th

Author: Christian Malone
Publication Date: March 25, 2009 The Valdosta Daily Times

VALDOSTA — Tuesday night, the Valdosta Wildcats and Lowndes Vikings battled like a pair of heavyweights on the baseball diamond. And in the end, it was the Wildcats that survived a nine-inning dogfight to win 4-2.

Valdosta scored two runs in the top of the ninth, and defeated their archrivals in a big region contest at Noel George Field. With the win, the Wildcats now share first place in Region 1-AAAAA.

“It was just a great baseball game,” Valdosta head coach Bart Shuman said. “It was well-played by both teams, and I’ll tell you what, there were some unbelievable plays here tonight. Both teams played great, both pitchers pitched great. I’m proud of my guys. They found a way to win.

“It’s good to win this game. It was a good atmosphere. Any time you win on the road in this region, it’s a good win.”

It was a game that could have gone either way. Both Shuman and Lowndes coach Danny Redshaw expected a close game, and that’s what they got.

Valdosta ace Kyle Rowe and Lowndes ace Matt McCall traded zeroes most of the game, giving the hitters very little to hit.

“In ninth grade, Matt and I pitched nine innings, and it was that game all over again,” Rowe said.

Rowe stepped up big Tuesday night, like he has many times in his Wildcat career. The senior right-hander went all nine innings, and held Lowndes to one earned run, striking out five. Rowe also hit a double in the ninth that set up the winning runs.

“Kyle threw a great game,” Shuman said. “He battled. Lowndes hit the ball; they’ve got a great ballclub. But he did a good job.”

Rowe has faced Lowndes three times in his varsity career, each time on the Vikings’ home field. He has won all three.

The victory was also important to Rowe and the Wildcats because it was a big region win.

“The region’s been close so far, so it’s a big win for the region,” Rowe said. “It’s a real key win. We had to fight for it. It showed the character of our team.”

The Wildcats won it with two big runs in the ninth.

Stuart Brooks drew a walk to start the top of the ninth. Then Rowe lined a double down the left field line, putting runners on second and third. That brought sophomore Brent Robison to the plate. Robison lined a single to shallow center field. Brooks and Rowe came home, giving the Wildcats a 4-2 lead.

But Lowndes would not go down without a fight. Jayson Wilson opened the bottom of the ninth with a bloop single. Then Kyler Kirkland drove a pitch to deep right center. It looked like a certain double, and possibly even a home run. But Harrison West, Valdosta’s speedy center fielder, took off running full speed, slid and caught the ball at the base of the wall. That catch might have saved the game.

“Harrison made a great play.... I didn’t think he’d get to that ball,” Shuman said. “I thought it was going to be a double. A couple of great plays by our outfielders — Harrison and Stuart — were probably the difference in the game.”

Lowndes’ Bryant Alonso hit a line drive, but it was right at left fielder Wesley Welch for the second out. After Rowe hit Adam Rigoni, Brooks hauled in a fly ball to right for the final out.

Valdosta struck the game’s first blow in the top of the fourth. Leading off the inning, Cameron Cain worked a walk from McCall. Then Jamie Turner stepped up to the plate. Valdosta’s senior cleanup hitter jumped on a pitch from McCall, and drilled a towering fly ball to left field that disappeared over the fence for a two-run homer.

Lowndes’ cleanup hitter answered Turner’s blow with one of his own in the bottom half of the fourth. With two outs, Zac Freeman ripped a Rowe pitch over the fence in right center to cut the Vikings’ deficit to 2-1. It was Freeman’s fourth home run in four region games.

Valdosta threatened in the top of the sixth. Chad Prain and Cain led off the inning with singles. McCall struck out Turner, then Brooks’ fly ball to right moved the runners up to second and third. But Alonso caught Rowe’s pop fly in shallow right field for the third out.

Lowndes tied the score in the bottom of the sixth. Adam Rigoni led off the inning with a bunt single and was sacrificed to second. Cole Fuller’s single put runners on the corners with one out. With the infield playing in, Freeman hit a chopper that third baseman Ryan Whilden misplayed. Rigoni scored, making it 2-2.

Lowndes threatened to win the game in both the seventh and the eighth, only to have Valdosta come up with big outs.

In the seventh, Gabe Cason led off with a single. Then Wilson singled to right, and pinch runner Ricky Bozeman tried to take third. Brooks fielded the ball and fired to third. The ball and Bozeman arrived at about the same time, Whilden tagged Bozeman, and the umpire called the runner out. It would turn out to be a big out, because two batters later, Alonso singled for what would have been the winning run.

In the bottom of the eighth, a single, a fielder’s choice and a walk put runners on first and second. Lowndes’ Lee Rewis hit a chopper to short that Prain pitched to Harrison Waller at second. Freeman appeared to beat the throw, but was called out. With the potential winning run on third, Rowe got out of the inning with a fly ball to center.

That set the stage for Robison’s big hit in the ninth, and Valdosta earned its fourth straight win over Lowndes.

McCall allowed two runs and five hits in seven innings for Lowndes, striking out seven, but got a no-decision. Left-hander Hayden Martin took the loss, yielding two runs in two innings.

At the plate, Rewis, Wilson and Alonso had two hits apiece for Lowndes. No Wildcat had more than one hit, although seven different players had one hit apiece.


Valdosta’s Kyle Rowe delivers a pitch during the Wildcats’ 4-2 win over Lowndes Tuesday night at Noel George Field. Rowe pitched all nine innings in the win.
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Valdosta High’s Harrison Waller hits a ground ball during the Wildcats’ 4-2 win over Lowndes High Tuesday at Noel George Field.
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Column: Rowe steps up for Valdosta in baseball edition of Winnersville Classic

Author: Adam MacDonald
Publication Date: March 25, 2009 The Valdosta Daily Times

The best part about Winnersville games is that the stars come out.

It took all of seven seconds for Greg Reid to make a splash in the Winnersville football game last year, when he took the first play from scrimmage to the house for Lowndes.

Jay Rome got his revenge for Valdosta against Lowndes by dominating the Winnersville basketball game in January, and admitted that he was extra motivated because it was at the expense of the Vikings.

Now Kyle Rowe can be added to the list.

The Wildcats’ star pitcher went nine innings and gave up two runs in Valdosta’s 4-2 win over Lowndes Tuesday night.

Rowe threw 112 pitches, and despite looking vulnerable at times, managed to work his way out of several tough situations.

“He had to battle tonight,” Valdosta head coach Bart Shuman said. “(Lowndes) is as good as anybody in the region. They’re going to win a bunch of ball games.”

After the game, Rowe said his arm felt fine and he couldn’t feel himself wearing down at the end of the game because of the adrenaline.

As if Rowe’s presence on the mound wasn’t enough, he doubled down the left field line in the top of the ninth to put runners on second and third with no outs in a tie game. Brent Robison then singled home the two runners to put Valdosta up for good, 4-2.

“(Lowndes pitcher Hayden Martin) was throwing fastballs for strikes, and he wasn’t throwing me any curveballs, so I was waiting on it,” Rowe said about his game-changing double.

After the game, Rowe hesitated when asked if it was extra motivation to pitch the way he did because it was against the crosstown rivals.

His answer? Honest and what should have been expected.

“Everyone tells us this is just another game, but you can’t help to know it’s against Lowndes,” Rowe said. “It’s a big deal to some of us.”

Beating Lowndes on the Vikings’ home field has become old hat for Rowe. He won at Lowndes in his sophomore and junior seasons, and improved to 3-0 against his team’s crosstown rivals with the win on Tuesday.

“I didn’t want to come over here and blow our streak, especially in my senior year,” Rowe said.

He also dueled Matt McCall, Tuesday night’s starter, in his freshman year, in a game on Valdosta’s field that the Wildcats won in extra innings.

Rowe was also quick to credit his teammates for picking him up in a couple of big spots.

In the bottom of the seventh, Vikings pinch runner Ricky Bozeman tried to go from first to third on a single by Jayson Wilson, but was gunned down at third on a one-hop throw from right fielder Stuart Brooks.

In the bottom of the ninth, Wildcats center fielder Harrison West made a sliding catch at the warning track for the first out of the inning. Kyler Kirkland, who hit the ball, represented the tying run.

But like all good pitchers, Rowe had to make his own luck.

In the bottom of the sixth, with runners on first and second, Rowe struck out Lee Rewis for the second out and gave a subtle fist pump that reiterated the confidence had on the mound. The strikeout came after Lowndes scored the tying run on an error.

Rowe, who has committed to Valdosta State, said he thinks Tuesday night’s win is the type of game that can propel the Wildcats going forward. More pitching performances like that from Rowe would certainly help the cause.


Valdosta JV beats Madison

Author: Staff reports
Publication Date: March 25, 2009 The Valdosta Daily Times

VALDOSTA — Valdosta High’s junior varsity baseball team defeated Madison County 5-3 Monday.

Ross McLeod was the winning pitcher, striking out eight batters in six innings. McLeod also drove in two runs. Randy Cook went 2-for-4, Russ Newbern stole two bases and Tyler Yelito had two RBIs.

Valdosta hosts Thomas County Central on Wednesday.


’Cats, Vikings battle tonight
Lowndes hosts rival Valdosta in region matchup

Author: Christian Malone
Publication Date: March 24, 2009 The Valdosta Daily Times

VALDOSTA — Winnersville bragging rights — and, more importantly, a share of first place in Region 1-AAAAA — will be on the line tonight when Valdosta High’s baseball team travels across town to meet rival Lowndes.

The first pitch will come at 6 p.m. at Noel George Field.

With both teams 2-1 in three Region 1-AAAAA games, this will be a key matchup for the region standings. The winner will gain at least a share of first place.

“No doubt this is a big game,” Lowndes head coach Danny Redshaw said. “The winner’s going to be sitting at 3-1 and on top of the region, and the loser’s going to be right back in the middle of the pack. I’ve kind of got a feeling it’ll be like that all year long in our region.”

“It’ll be a tough matchup,” Valdosta head coach Bart Shuman said. “It’s a big region game.”

Both coaches expect the other one to send their ace to the mound tonight. Shuman confirmed that he will hand the ball to senior right-hander Kyle Rowe. Rowe, who went 13-1 last year and has committed to Valdosta State, missed a start last week with some soreness in his arm, but Shuman says he’s back to 100 percent.

“It all starts with him,” Redshaw said. “He’s certainly the best pitcher in the region. I’m sure he will be (pitching against us).”

Redshaw didn’t know who he would start on the mound, saying Monday he would sleep on it, and decide today. Shuman expects to see 6-foot-4 right-hander Matt McCall, a Mercer signee.

“It will be a classic (if it’s) Rowe vs. McCall,” Shuman said. “When they were in ninth grade, they both went nine innings, and we could see that kind of pitcher’s duel again tomorrow.”

Rowe and McCall staged a pitcher’s duel last year at Noel George, allowing only one combined earned run. But errors by Lowndes’ defense helped the Wildcats score six unearned runs in a 6-1 victory.

Even if Rowe or McCall doesn’t go to the mound tonight, the teams have other options. Last week, Lowndes’ Hayden Martin and Gabe Cason helped pitch the Vikings to wins (over Colquitt County and Coffee, respectively). Valdosta’s Chad Prain shut out Northside, and teammate Tyler Stalvey pitched well against Tift County before being victimized by four unearned runs in the sixth inning.

Both coaches feel that tonight’s winner will be the team that gets the best pitching and plays the best defense. The Wildcats and Vikings have both had days where their pitching and defense carried them, and other days when those things killed them.

“I think we’ll have to pitch well, don’t give away any runs, and hopefully we can scratch across a few runs and have a chance,” Redshaw said.

Usually one team looks like the clear favorite heading into a Valdosta-Lowndes baseball showdown. But tonight’s matchup looks about as even on paper as any the teams have had in recent years.

Both coaches have led their teams for over 10 years and have coached in a lot of Wildcats-Vikings matchups. As usual, both expressed mutual respect for the other team’s program on Monday.

“Lowndes has a good team,” Shuman said. “They’ve got Matt McCall, and that’s saying a lot. He’s the kind of pitcher who can win a lot of games in our region. They’ve got (Adam) Rigoni, who signed with (Tallahassee Community College). (Zac) Freeman’s been hitting the ball well. They’ve got two good catchers. (Cole) Fuller’s a good outfielder. They’ll be good.”

“They’ve got a great baseball team,” Redshaw said. “They’re solid. Obviously they’ve got Kyle Rowe. He can play.... It’s always chaos (when we play them). A lot of fun. It should be a good one.”

Both teams had slow starts to the season, but have recently turned things around.

Lowndes (3-8) had a seven-game losing streak at one point (thanks in large part to the tough non-region schedule Redshaw always puts together). But the Vikings broke that streak last week, defeating Colquitt County 4-2 in eight innings last Tuesday and blowing out first-place Coffee 12-2 on Friday.

Redshaw attributes his team’s two recent wins to improved pitching and near-flawless defense, two things the Vikings lacked for most of the losing streak.

“The games we’ve won lately, we’ve pitched it. The bats woke up a little bit Friday against Coffee. If we can pitch it well and play some defense, we’ll have a chance,” Redshaw said. “It all starts on the hill.”

Valdosta (4-6) also had some rough outings early on, but since the region season began 11 days ago, the Wildcats have shut out Warner Robins (5-0) and Northside (8-0) for their two region wins.

“Our pitchers threw the ball well, we got some clutch hits and we played good defense,” Shuman said.

Valdosta has a three-game winning streak over Lowndes, dating back to 2007, but Shuman points out that those victories won’t help his team win tonight's game.


Wildcats blow out Eagles
Prain, Rowe combine for shutout, VHS beats NHS 8-0

Author: Christian Malone
Publication Date: March 21, 2009 The Valdosta Daily Times

VALDOSTA — Valdosta dominated Northside Friday night, winning 8-0 at Bazemore Field.

Chad Prain and Kyle Rowe combined to shut out the Eagles, and the Wildcats improved to 2-1 in Region 1-AAAAA.

Prain shut down the Northside hitters for six innings, holding them to four hits and striking out six. Rowe retired the side in the seventh to finish off the shutout.

“Chad Prain had great control and great stuff,” Valdosta head coach Bart Shuman said. “He pitched a great game.”

Valdosta’s hitters provided plenty of support. The biggest bat was swung by cleanup hitter Jamie Turner, who went 2-for-3 with a home run and a double, scored three runs and had two RBIs in the win. Prain helped his cause by going 2-for-4 with a triple, and scoring two runs. Stuart Brooks had three RBIs, after hitting a bases-loaded triple.

“I thought we had a breakout game at the plate,” Shuman said. “We swung the bats well, and beat a good Northside team.”

Valdosta took an early lead with two runs in the first inning. With one out, Prain tripled and scored on a Cameron Cain groundout. Then Turner stepped up to the plate and blasted a curveball from Northside starter Justin Key over the left field fence for a solo homer, giving the Wildcats a 2-0 lead.

Valdosta broke the game open with a four-run inning in the bottom of the third. With one out, Harrison Waller and Prain singled. Cain walked, loading the bases. Then Turner drew a bases-loaded walk, and Waller jogged home with the Wildcats’ third run. Brooks stepped up to the plate and crushed the ball to deep center field. Northside center fielder Brian Jones leaped for the ball, but it went over his head and bounced on the warning track. Prain, Cain and Turner all raced home, and Brooks wound up with a three-run triple, giving Valdosta a 6-0 lead.

The Wildcats added two more runs in the bottom of the fifth. With one out, Turner doubled to deep left center. Kyle Rowe popped up for what should have been the third out, but Northside first baseman Jake Deason lost the ball in the lights, and it fell in safely. Courtesy runner Brent Robison scored, and Rowe ended up on second. Tanner Allen followed with a single to right, and Rowe scored to make it 8-0.

Northside’s biggest scoring threat came in the top of the first. With two outs, Joe Scott’s ground ball was booted, and Kevin Gifford tried to score from second. But Rowe grabbed the ball, threw home and Turner tagged Gifford out at the plate. After that, only two more Eagles reached second base after that.

Six Valdosta players had at least one hit Friday.

Valdosta (4-6) will travel across town to face Lowndes on Tuesday at 6 p.m.


Valdosta High's Jamie Turner (15) drills a solo home run over the fence against Northside-Warner Robins Friday evening at Bazemore Field. Turner had two hits, as the Wildcats defeated the Eagles 8-0.
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Valdosta falls to Tift, 7-3

Publication Date: March 18, 2009 The Valdosta Daily Times

TIFTON — Tift County’s baseball team scored four runs in the bottom of the sixth to break a 3-3 tie, and defeated Valdosta High 7-3 Tuesday night.

The Wildcats (3-6, 1-1 Region 1-AAAAA) committed five errors Tuesday. Tyler Stalvey was the losing pitcher. Valdosta hosts Northside Friday night.


Valdosta falls to Pensacola Catholic, 8-5
Crusaders score six runs in first two innings

Author: Christian Malone
Publication Date: March 7, 2009 The Valdosta Daily Times

VALDOSTA — Pensacola Catholic’s baseball team built a big lead early, and defeated Valdosta High 8-5 Friday night at Bazemore Field.

The Crusaders scored six runs in the first two innings, then added two more in the fifth to build an 8-1 lead. Pensacola Catholic pounded out 10 hits on the night.

Valdosta rallied in the bottom of the fifth with four runs to cut its seven-run deficit to three, 8-5. But that was as close as the Wildcats would get.

The middle of the lineup was very productive for the Crusaders. Third hitter Austen Smith was 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI, cleanup hitter Austin Farrell went 2-for-4 with a run, fifth hitter Wes Mugarian went 2-for-3 with a run and two RBIs and No. 6 hitter Stuart Todd scored one run and drove in another run. Cody Alling was the winning pitcher.

Harrison Waller was the only Valdosta player with multiple hits, going 2-for-2 and reaching base in all four plate appearances. But the rest of the Wildcats managed just three hits. Kyle Rowe took the loss for VHS.

Friday’s game was part of the Farmers and Merchants Bank Georgia-Florida Challenge, hosted by Lowndes High. The tournament continues today, with six games. Pensacola Catholic plays South Gwinnett at 10 a.m. at Lowndes, while Chiles faces Parkview at 10 a.m. at Valdosta High. Lowndes hosts Pace at 1:30 p.m., while Florida Christian battles South Gwinnett at the same time at VHS. The tournament wraps up with Lowndes hosting Florida Christian and Pace playing Parkview at VHS at 5 p.m.


Valdosta High first baseman Jamie Turner (15) snags the throw, as Pensacola Catholic’s David Thompson (4) steps on the base on a close play at first. Thompson was called out.
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Valdosta High’s Harrison West (3) reaches over the center field fence to rob a Pensacola Catholic hitter of a home run Friday night at Bazemore Field.
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Chiles High pounds ’Cats, 12-5

Author: Christian Malone
Publication Date: March 6, 2009 The Valdosta Daily Times

VALDOSTA — Chiles High’s baseball team defeated Valdosta High 12-5 Thursday night at Bazemore Field, taking advantage of the Wildcats’ struggles at the plate, on the mound and in the field.

Valdosta (1-4) committed four errors in the contest, leading to five unearned runs for Chiles. The ’Cats also managed just five hits.

The Wildcats held a 3-2 lead entering the top of the third inning, but Chiles scored nine unanswered runs to pull away for the win.

The Timberwolves’ rally started with three runs in the third. Chiles’ Brad Bell led off the top of the third with a routine fly ball to left. But the left fielder lost the ball in the lights, and Bell wound up on second with a double. Next, James Rasmussen hit a ground ball that was booted by the shortstop. Instead of having two outs, there were two runners on base. Erik Starace stepped up to the plate and drilled a pitch over the fence in left center for a three-run homer, giving the Wolves a 5-3 lead.

Then Chiles exploded in the top of the fifth. After a one-out single by Taylor Gulich, Hunter Mayfield lined a single to right. But the right fielder let the ball go right through his legs, and it rolled to the fence. Gulich came around to score, and Mayfield sprinted around the bases, crossing home plate just ahead of the throw to make it 7-3.

That opened the floodgates. Sean Poole and Brad Bell walked, then another error loaded the bases. Then Poole stole home. Miles Detelich crushed a towering three-run homer over the fence in left, increasing the Wolves’ lead to 11-3. Chiles added a run in the sixth, making it 12-3.

Valdosta scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the seventh. After the first two hitters struck out, Harrison Waller, Chad Prain and Cameron Cain drew walks, loading the bases. Tanner Allen followed with a two-run double, cutting VHS’ final deficit to 12-5.

Chiles scored a run in the top of the first, but Valdosta answered back. Prain hit a one-out single to right. Then Chiles starter Evan Murrell got wild, uncorking three wild pitches, and on the third, Prain raced home to tie the score.

Chiles quickly regained the lead, loading the bases with one out. Detelich tagged up and scored on Mayfield’s fly ball to center, making it 2-1.

Valdosta grabbed its only lead with two runs in the third. Stuart Brooks singled with one out, and Ryan Whilden followed with a double to deep right center. One out later, Brooks scored on Murrell’s fourth wild pitch of the game. Harrison West’s RBI double to left gave Valdosta a 3-2 lead. But the lead wouldn’t last long.

Thursday’s game was the opener of the Farmers and Merchants Bank Georgia-Florida Challenge, hosted by Lowndes High. Valdosta plays its second tournament game today, hosting Pensacola Catholic at 6:30 p.m. at Bazemore Field.


Valdosta High's Chad Prain (10) is safe at third during a steal, as Chiles third baseman Erik Starace lunges to make the catch Thursday evening at Bazemore Field.
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Hornets knock off VHS

Author: Christian Malone
Publication Date: February 28, 2009 The Valdosta Daily Times

VALDOSTA — Cook High’s baseball team won an extra-inning battle with Valdosta Friday, scoring two runs in the eighth and walking away with a 6-4 win at Bazemore Field.

At one point, Cook was one out away from losing. But the Hornets found a way to send the game into extra innings, then won it in the eighth.

“This win should help our confidence,” Cook head coach Bob Owsley said. “I’m very proud of our kids.”

Kaleb Cowart led off the top of the eighth with a walk. D.J. Johnson followed with a double to deep left field, putting men on second and third with no outs. Valdosta pitcher John Mark Stephenson retired the next two batters on a pop up to second and a strikeout, then got two strikes on Austin Pafford.

But Pafford hit a fly ball that Valdosta right fielder Stuart Brooks couldn’t get to, and it fell in. Cowart and Johnson scored, giving Cook a 6-4 lead.

Johnson then retired the side in the bottom of the eighth, closing out a big win for the Hornets.

“We’ve kind of had a little bit of a phobia the last couple of years with (Valdosta) and Lowndes, and this kind of breaks it,” Owsley said. “I hope our kids realize now they can play with anybody if they just do what they’re supposed to do.”

At times Friday, both teams looked like the highly-ranked baseball teams they are, and at other times, they showed their early-season rust. Cook left 14 runners on base, eight in scoring position, while Valdosta committed five errors.

“We had a lot of opportunities to put the game away,” Owsley said. “That’s not taking anything away from Valdosta. We just didn’t step up to the plate. We left 14 people on base, and that isn’t good.”

Cook sent its ace, Cowart, to the mound Friday. He ran into trouble in the first inning, allowing three runs, but after that, he was dominant. After the first four Valdosta hitters reached base, Cowart retired 15 of the next 16. He struck out 11 batters in six innings of work.

“I can’t say enough about our pitchers. They did a great job tonight,” Owsley said. “The first inning, I think he was trying to do too much too soon. He finally settled down into a rhythm. He’s a good player.”

Valdosta took the early lead with three runs in the first inning. Cowart walked Harrison Waller, hit Chad Prain with a pitch and walked Cameron Cain, loading the bases. Then Cowart hit Jamie Turner with a pitch, forcing in the first run of the game. Kyle Rowe was called out on a close play at first, but Prain scored. Brooks’ ground ball brought home Cain, giving the Wildcats a 3-0 lead.

Cook’s Josh Barks put the Hornets on the scoreboard with a home run over the fence in right center leading off the top of the second.

Cook put another run on the board in the third. Trevor Hand led off the inning with a single to left, and took second on a wild pitch. On ball four to Cowart, Hand took off for third. The throw went into left field, and Hand scored, making it 3-2. One out later, Valdosta starter Tyler Stalvey issued back-to-back walks to Wes Warren and Barks, loading the bases. But after a visit to the mound from VHS coach Bart Shuman, Stalvey settled down, and fanned Pafford and Tyler Goodin to end the inning.

The Hornets tied the score in the fourth. Austin Steele reached on an infield single to start the inning, and Parker Nix walked. One out later, Cowart hit a ground ball to second. Waller dove and stopped the ball, but when he tried to pull it out of his glove, he dropped it, and the bases were loaded. Johnson followed with a line drive to left field. Ryan Whildon made a diving catch, but Steele tagged up and scored, making it 3-3.

The score stayed that way until the bottom of the sixth, when Valdosta took the lead. Cain walked to lead off the inning. Two batters later, Rowe lined a double to the fence in left field, putting two runners in scoring position. Cowart struck out Brooks, but with Brent Robison at the plate, his pitch bounced in the dirt and got away. It hit the backstop and ricocheted back to catcher Austin Norton. Norton threw to Cowart covering the plate, but Rowe slid in under the tag, giving the Wildcats a 4-3 advantage. Valdosta was only three outs away from the win, but after Stephenson struck out the leadoff hitter, Norton reached on an error. Stephenson threw a wild pitch, but then got Steele to ground out to first for the second out. But with the Hornets down to their final out, Parker Nix singled past a diving second baseman, scoring courtesy runner Tim Rowe to tie the score and send the game into extra innings.


Cook High's Kaleb Cowart (11) makes it safely into second base, as Valdosta High second baseman Harrison Waller fields the throw Friday at Bazemore Field. Cook won the game, 6-4, in eight innings.
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Valdosta High's Chad Prain watches as his pop-up sails into foul territory in the fifth inning against Cook Friday at Bazemore Field.
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Valdosta High first baseman Cameron Cain (11) fields a bunt during the Wildcats’ game with Cook Friday at Bazemore Field.
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Wildcats open with win

Author: Christian Malone
Publication Date: February 26, 2009 The Valdosta Daily Times

VALDOSTA — The Valdosta Wildcats opened their 2009 season with a 3-2 win over Tallahassee Lincoln Wednesday at Bazemore Field, during the Wildcat Invitational.

The Wildcats only managed six hits Wednesday, but their three runs was enough for Chad Prain, who pitched a complete game, held Lincoln to just five hits and struck out nine batters.

Sophomore shortstop Brent Robison drove in all three runs for the Wildcats, on two run-scoring singles.

“It was a very nice win, over a very talented Lincoln team,” Valdosta head coach Bart Shuman said. “Brent Robison was the hero at the plate, with three RBIs and two hits. We’re happy to get this win.”

Valdosta took the lead for good in the bottom of the third, taking advantage of two Trojans mistakes to score two runs. Lincoln starter Josh Bruijn retired the first two hitters and got Jamie Turner to ground to third base for what should have been the third out. But third baseman Evan Carruthers booted the ball, and Turner reached safely. Then Kyle Rowe struck out swinging on a pitch in the dirt, but the ball got away, and Rowe reached base. Next, Stuart Brooks drew a walk, loading the bases.

Robison came to the plate, and sent a single into shallow right field. Courtesy runner Wesley Welch scored, and Rowe raced home from second, giving Valdosta a 3-2 lead.

Prain would make the lead stand up from there, shutting out the Trojans over the final four innings.

“Chad Prain was on in the strike zone,” Shuman said. “We’re glad to see him come around. We’re looking for somebody to go with Kyle, and I think he proved himself tonight. He’s a battler. He maintained his composure.”

Lincoln loaded the bases with two outs in the fourth. Prain threw a first-pitch ball, but after a visit to the mound from Shuman, he threw the next three pitches past Joe Karels, and escaped the jam.

That was Lincoln’s last threat against Prain. The junior right-hander had thrown 72 pitches in the first four innings, but he retired the side in the fifth and sixth innings on five pitches each. Prain retired seven of the last eight batters he faced, allowing only a two-out infield single in the seventh.

Lincoln had taken an early 1-0 lead with a run in the first. Reed Williams walked and stole second, then two batters later, Bruijn doubled into the left field corner, scoring Williams.

Valdosta tied the score in the bottom of the second. Rowe led off with a single, advanced on a ground out and went to third on a wild pitch. Robison knocked a single into right field, bringing in Rowe.

Lincoln quickly grabbed the lead back. Leadoff hitter Juwanza Starling connected with a fastball, and drilled it over the fence in left center for a solo homer.

But Valdosta responded with two runs in the bottom half of the inning, and walked away with a season-opening win.

Robison was the only Valdosta player with multiple hits. Starling went 2-for-4 for Lincoln. Bruijn allowed three runs, one earned, and three hits in four innings, striking out three.

The game was part of the Wildcat Invitational, taking place this week at three different sites. The tournament continues Friday, with Valdosta playing twice, against Cook at 4:30 p.m. and Mill Creek at 7 p.m.

“We’ve got two big ones Friday. It’s going to be a long day,” Shuman said. “Those are two of the top teams in the state.”


Valdosta High's Chad Prain (10) delivers a pitch during the Wildcats’ 3-2 win over Lincoln High on Wednesday evening at Bazemore Field.
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Wildcats take exhibition over Bainbridge, 11-3

Author: Christian Malone
Publication Date: February 20, 2009 The Valdosta Daily Times

VALDOSTA — An 11-3 victory is a good way to begin a baseball season.

Valdosta took the field for the first time in 2009 Thursday night, and dominated Bainbridge, winning 11-3 in an exhibition game at Bazemore Field.

Valdosta has high hopes for this season, after winning 28 games and making it to the state semifinals a year ago, and an eight-run exhibition win was a good way for the Wildcats to start out the year.

“It’s a win. It’s good to get out here and play against somebody different,” Valdosta head coach Bart Shuman said. “It’s the first night, so we’re pleased.”

The Wildcats broke the game open with eight runs in the bottom of the fourth inning, collecting six hits in the inning and taking advantage of three walks.

Kyle Rowe led off the fourth with a triple to deep right center. Stuart Brooks lined an RBI single through the pitcher’s legs, giving the Wildcats a 2-1 lead. Brooks later scored on the front end of a double steal. Harrison West’s double to shallow right field scored Brent Robison, making it 4-1. Later in the inning, the Wildcats loaded the bases on a walk to Chad Prain, a single by Harrison Waller and a walk to Cameron Cain.

Then Jamie Turner lined a single over the shortstop’s head, scoring Prain and Waller. Rowe, batting for the second time in the inning, walked to load the bases again, then Cain scored on a wild pitch. Brooks singled to left center, scoring Turner and Rowe to make it 9-1.

Bainbridge scored twice in the fifth, when Tyler Hutchens drilled a double off the wall in left with the bases loaded. But Valdosta responded with runs in the fifth and sixth innings. In the fifth, Robison beat out a hit, took second when the throw got past the first baseman, went to third on a wild pitch and scored on Waller’s groundout.

Turner led off the sixth with an infield single, advanced on a wild pitch and a passed ball and scored the game’s final run when Rowe grounded back to the pitcher, making it 11-3.

The Wildcats took an early 1-0 lead with a run in the first. Prain was hit by a pitch, went to third on an error and scored when Cain hit into a double play. Bainbridge tied the score with a run in the fourth.

But the Wildcats exploded in the bottom of the fourth.

Valdosta used five pitchers Thursday, trying to get its staff some work. Rowe, a preseason All-State pick after winning 13 games last year, started the game and pitched three shutout innings. At one point, he struck out five straight batters.

“Kyle Rowe looked like Kyle Rowe,” Shuman said.

Chad Prain pitched two innings, allowing three runs and three hits. John Mark Stephenson shut out the Bearcats in the sixth, Tyler Stalvey retired the first two batters in the seventh and Ryan Whilden got the final out.

At the plate, Brooks went 2-for-4 with three RBIs. Turner drove in two runs and scored twice. Rowe and Robison also crossed the plate twice.

Valdosta opens its season next Wednesday, hosting Tallahassee (Fla.) Lincoln in the Wildcat Invitational at 6 p.m.