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April 25, 2013

Bobcats swat Buna to earn playoff spot

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BUNA —

With two outs, Permenter slapped a single that got past second base and rolled to centerfield as Johnson and Smith both raced home for a 2-1 Bobcat lead. Kurt Haggard drew a walk from Clark as the ball got away from him and courtesy runner Colby Choate scooted in to score.

“I’m glad to see our bats come alive because we’ve struggled the last couple games,” said Trawhon. “Blake gave us some momentum there by driving in those two runs. I couldn’t be happier for Luke. He really hit the ball well from the No. 9 spot and he made a superb play at short to get us out of trouble.”

The Bobcats tacked on a run in the top of the fourth.

Tryce Howard reached on an error and moved to second after a nice sacrifice bunt by Johnson. Eric Truncale reached on an infield single and Howard was able to dart in off a Cougar error.

That was it for Kolton Clark on the mound. He went 3 2/3 innings, allowing four hits while striking out five and walking five as Joe Clark replaced him.

Orangefield added some insurance in the top of the fifth.

Permenter stroked a leadoff single to left and Haggard reached on a fielder’s choice. With two outs, Johnson was able to plate Permenter with a sharp double to leftfield.

Joe Clark worked 3 1/3 innings for the Cougars, scattering three hits while striking out one.

The Cougars went down battling as they tallied two runs in the bottom of the fifth.

Ty Cleveland started it with a leadoff single to center. Patrick drew a one-out walk. Joe Clark brought home Cleveland with a RBI single up the middle and Patrick wound up scoring on a wild pitch to trim the margin to 5-3.

After Ryan Houston singled to open the bottom of the sixth, Gunstream replaced Smith on the Bobcat hill and the Orangefield defense rose to the occasion to record the last six outs on putouts.

The Bobcats will close out their regular season at home Friday night against Orange County rival Bridge City.

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