Little League baseball

In Medomak Valley diamond jungle, Wildcats cage Panthers to rule den

Defending champs grab early momentum from No. 6 opponent en route to crown
By Ken Waltz | Jun 18, 2019
Photo by: Ken Waltz Scene from Medomak Valley Little League baseball championship game between Wildcats and Panthers on June 15 in Friendship.

Friendship — The Wildcats so enjoyed being kings of the Medomak Valley Little League baseball diamond jungle last year they decided to rule again — as they snarled, clawed and roared to a second straight championship.

The Wildcats' season was close to purrrrfect, and they pulled away in a competitive championship game on Saturday, June 15 with another feline opponent to win the crown.

On a beautiful afternoon at the Friendship Village Society Field, surrounded by a throng of youth baseball fans, No. 2 Wildcats grabbed the early momentum and pulled away late en route to a 10-2 win over the upstart, No. 6 Panthers.

Watch video and see more photos below.

The Wildcats, led by manager Keith Simmons and coaches Matt Lash and Jason Simmons, include Gabe Lash, Austin Lash, Jonah Dickenson, Walker Simmons, Aiden Herring, Colby Simmons, Carter Jackson, Devin Benedix, Alden Reed, Rowan Augustine, Kolin Donlin and Avery Simmons

The Wildcats finished 14-2 overall

The Panthers, guided by manager Nat Winchenbach and coach Andy Severson, include Liam Winchenbach, Jacques Thomas, Jacob Hendrickson, Jacoby Miller, Sidney Hutchins, Jacoby Severson, Elijah Korenkiewicz, Landon Starr, Philip Benefield, Noah Lash, James Mayo and Alexander Day.

The Panthers finished 7-10-1 as the team more than doubled its win total from the regular season to the postseason.

The championship game was 6-2 in favor of he Wildcats after four and a half innings. There were fine defensive plays by both teams during the six-inning affair.

The final regular-season standings were: Tigers 12-0, Wildcats 10-2, Warren I 6-6, Washington 5-6-1, Warren II 4-8, Panthers 3-8-1 and Union 1-11.

The double-elimination tournament results, with some scores unavailable, from the 12-game playoffs, were: Warren II beat Washington 8-2, Panthers beat Warren I,  Wildcats beat Union,Tigers beat Warren II, Wildcats beat Panthers 12-0, Warren I beat Union, Panthers beat Washington 15-2,  Warren II beat Warren I 18-5, Wildcats beat Tigers, Panthers beat Warren II 21-4, Panthers beat Tigers and, in the championship, Wildcats beat Panthers 10-2.

In the championship game on Saturday in Friendship, Gabe Lash turned in a stellar pitching performance, as he struck out 16, which means, all but two outs in the six-inning, 18-out affair came via strikeout. The tall right-hander also issued two walks.

Day started on the mound for the Panthers and with relief help from a teammate. The duo recorded 11 strikeouts and walked 10.

The Wildcats scored one run in the first and second innings, four in the third and four in the fifth. Panthers plated both runs in the fifth.

Pacing the champs' offense were Austin Lash (2 runs), Colby Simmons (run), Gabe Lash (2 runs), Walker Simmons (2 runs, bases-clearing, extra-base hit to right-center field in which he came all the way around to score), Dickenson (run), Jackson (run) and Reed (run).

For Panthers, Hendrickson and Thomas crossed the plate, and Liam Winchenbach reached base twice.

Additional specific information from the contest was unavailable.

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Wildcats and Panthers on June 15 in Medomak Valley Little League baseball championship game in Friendship. (Video by: Ken Waltz and Zack Miller)
Scene from Medomak Valley Little League baseball championship game between Wildcats and Panthers on June 15 in Friendship. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley Little League baseball championship game between Wildcats and Panthers on June 15 in Friendship. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley Little League baseball championship game between Wildcats and Panthers on June 15 in Friendship. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley Little League baseball championship game between Wildcats and Panthers on June 15 in Friendship. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley Little League baseball championship game between Wildcats and Panthers on June 15 in Friendship. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley Little League baseball championship game between Wildcats and Panthers on June 15 in Friendship. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley Little League baseball championship game between Wildcats and Panthers on June 15 in Friendship. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley Little League baseball championship game between Wildcats and Panthers on June 15 in Friendship. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley Little League baseball championship game between Wildcats and Panthers on June 15 in Friendship. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley Little League baseball championship game between Wildcats and Panthers on June 15 in Friendship. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley Little League baseball championship game between Wildcats and Panthers on June 15 in Friendship. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley Little League baseball championship game between Wildcats and Panthers on June 15 in Friendship. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley Little League baseball championship game between Wildcats and Panthers on June 15 in Friendship. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley Little League baseball championship game between Wildcats and Panthers on June 15 in Friendship. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley Little League baseball championship game between Wildcats and Panthers on June 15 in Friendship. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley Little League baseball championship game between Wildcats and Panthers on June 15 in Friendship. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley Little League baseball championship game between Wildcats and Panthers on June 15 in Friendship. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley Little League baseball championship game between Wildcats and Panthers on June 15 in Friendship. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley Little League baseball championship game between Wildcats and Panthers on June 15 in Friendship. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley Little League baseball championship game between Wildcats and Panthers on June 15 in Friendship. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley Little League baseball championship game between Wildcats and Panthers on June 15 in Friendship. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley Little League baseball championship game between Wildcats and Panthers on June 15 in Friendship. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley Little League baseball championship game between Wildcats and Panthers on June 15 in Friendship. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley Little League baseball championship game between Wildcats and Panthers on June 15 in Friendship. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley Little League baseball championship game between Wildcats and Panthers on June 15 in Friendship. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley Little League baseball championship game between Wildcats and Panthers on June 15 in Friendship. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley Little League baseball championship game between Wildcats and Panthers on June 15 in Friendship. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley Little League baseball championship game between Wildcats and Panthers on June 15 in Friendship. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley Little League baseball championship game between Wildcats and Panthers on June 15 in Friendship. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley Little League baseball championship game between Wildcats and Panthers on June 15 in Friendship. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley Little League baseball championship game between Wildcats and Panthers on June 15 in Friendship. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley Little League baseball championship game between Wildcats and Panthers on June 15 in Friendship. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley Little League baseball championship game between Wildcats and Panthers on June 15 in Friendship. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley Little League baseball championship game between Wildcats and Panthers on June 15 in Friendship. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley Little League baseball championship game between Wildcats and Panthers on June 15 in Friendship. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley Little League baseball championship game between Wildcats and Panthers on June 15 in Friendship. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley Little League baseball championship game between Wildcats and Panthers on June 15 in Friendship. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley Little League baseball championship game between Wildcats and Panthers on June 15 in Friendship. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley Little League baseball championship game between Wildcats and Panthers on June 15 in Friendship. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley Little League baseball championship game between Wildcats and Panthers on June 15 in Friendship. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley Little League baseball championship game between Wildcats and Panthers on June 15 in Friendship. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley Little League baseball championship game between Wildcats and Panthers on June 15 in Friendship. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley Little League baseball championship game between Wildcats and Panthers on June 15 in Friendship. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley Little League baseball championship game between Wildcats and Panthers on June 15 in Friendship. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley Little League baseball championship game between Wildcats and Panthers on June 15 in Friendship. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley Little League baseball championship game between Wildcats and Panthers on June 15 in Friendship. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley Little League baseball championship game between Wildcats and Panthers on June 15 in Friendship. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley Little League baseball championship game between Wildcats and Panthers on June 15 in Friendship. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley Little League baseball championship game between Wildcats and Panthers on June 15 in Friendship. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley Little League baseball championship game between Wildcats and Panthers on June 15 in Friendship. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley Little League baseball championship game between Wildcats and Panthers on June 15 in Friendship. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley Little League baseball championship game between Wildcats and Panthers on June 15 in Friendship. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley Little League baseball championship game between Wildcats and Panthers on June 15 in Friendship. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley Little League baseball championship game between Wildcats and Panthers on June 15 in Friendship. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley Little League baseball championship game between Wildcats and Panthers on June 15 in Friendship. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley Little League baseball championship game between Wildcats and Panthers on June 15 in Friendship. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley Little League baseball championship game between Wildcats and Panthers on June 15 in Friendship. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley Little League baseball championship game between Wildcats and Panthers on June 15 in Friendship. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley Little League baseball championship game between Wildcats and Panthers on June 15 in Friendship. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley Little League baseball championship game between Wildcats and Panthers on June 15 in Friendship. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley Little League baseball championship game between Wildcats and Panthers on June 15 in Friendship. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley Little League baseball championship game between Wildcats and Panthers on June 15 in Friendship. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley Little League baseball championship game between Wildcats and Panthers on June 15 in Friendship. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley Little League baseball championship game between Wildcats and Panthers on June 15 in Friendship. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley Little League baseball championship game between Wildcats and Panthers on June 15 in Friendship. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley Little League baseball championship game between Wildcats and Panthers on June 15 in Friendship. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley Little League baseball championship game between Wildcats and Panthers on June 15 in Friendship. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley Little League baseball championship game between Wildcats and Panthers on June 15 in Friendship. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley Little League baseball championship game between Wildcats and Panthers on June 15 in Friendship. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley Little League baseball championship game between Wildcats and Panthers on June 15 in Friendship. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley Little League baseball championship game between Wildcats and Panthers on June 15 in Friendship. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley Little League baseball championship game between Wildcats and Panthers on June 15 in Friendship. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley Little League baseball championship game between Wildcats and Panthers on June 15 in Friendship. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley Little League baseball championship game between Wildcats and Panthers on June 15 in Friendship. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley Little League baseball championship game between Wildcats and Panthers on June 15 in Friendship. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley Little League baseball championship game between Wildcats and Panthers on June 15 in Friendship. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Wildcats — 2019 Medomak Valley Little League baseball division champions. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
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