McKenzie, Tenn. -After not playing well in a 6-2 loss Friday at home against Union, the Bethel Wildcats bounced back with a doubleheader sweep of the Bulldogs Saturday at Wildcat Park. The Cats took game one 2-1 and won game two 7-0.
After falling behind 1-0 in game one Bethel scored a run on a RBI double by Chase Pilkenton in the fourth inning to tie the game. Lance Jarreld's sacrifice fly in the fifth inning proved to be the game winner as Bethel squeaked out the 2-1 win. Bethel's Michael Freeman pitched five strong innings and was the winning pitcher. Gavin Lindsey and Spencer Clifft pitched a scoreless inning each with Clifft collecting the save.
In game two the Cats exploded for six runs in the fourth inning to hand Gary Ward a commanding lead. Chris Cain had a three-run home run which was followed a by a two-run shot by Jordan Stack. The Cats sent 11 men to the plate in the big inning. Brian Ferrell and Lance Jarreld accounted for the other RBI's in the game. Ward went six innings allowing just four hits and remained undefeated on the year at 7-0.
Bethel improved to 22-15 overall and 10-5 in TranSouth conference play. Union fell to 22-15-1 overall and 8-8-1 in the league.
The Bat Cats begin a seven game road trip with a visit to Williams Baptist Tuesday. The teams play a doubleheader at 1 p.m.