Wildcats blank Patriots

Watson Chapel coach Chad Cope has not been happy with his team’s plate discipline the last couple of games.

With nine walks and five hit batsmen against Little Rock Parkview on Monday, the Wildcats seemed to be working on their plate discipline in a 14-0 victory in five innings at Watson Chapel Field.

“That’s the one, we had some plate discipline which we haven’t had the last couple of games,” Cope said. “The kids did a batter job today of having a plan in the box and taking what they were given.”

Parkview coach Nick Eubanks said his team had trouble on the mound.

“That was our number-four guy that started the game and he had trouble with his control,” he said.

Joseph Scott’s control problems were evident right away as he walked the first three Watson Chapel batters with only two strikes. The Wildcats (2-3) scored two runs in the first and second innings, four in the third and six in the fourth.

“We finally started to get some guys to come through and hit the ball,” Cope said. “We haven’t been getting the two out hits and we finally broke free.”

Justin Dardenne also started the game for Watson Chapel. He had two walks in the first two innings, but in the top of the second, he struck out the last two batters with runners on first and second to end the inning.

Dardenne said it took some time for him to find his groove.

“I came out today and at first I wasn’t feeling so good,” he said. “But after I got my fastball going, my changeup and curveball started to come. Once I got on top of my curveball, things just started clicking.”

Dardenne went all five innings and gave up three hits, two walks and struck out five batters.

Offensively, Watson Chapel scored four runs in the third and six in the fourth. Landon Colson scored four times on three walks and two hit-by-pitches. Dardenne was 1-for-2 with three runs and two RBIs. Wyatt Jones was 1-for-1 with two runs and two RBIs, Reece Huffty had three RBIs, V.J. Dickson had two RBIs and Jordan Stargell scored twice.