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Cats fall 5-3 to Adams in districts



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Oxford catcher Kyle Hartwick unsuccessfully tries to put the tag on an Adams player who scored and tied the game at 3-3. Photo by Dan Shriner. (click for larger version)
June 09, 2010 - The Oxford baseball team showed it is ready to compete next season in the Oakland Activities Association.

The Wildcats lost in semifinal district play on Saturday to Rochester Adams, 5-3.

But, the Cats finished 21-12 for the season, after winning only six games last year.

Next season, Oxford will leave the Flint Metro League and compete in the OAA.

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Facing, Adams, one of the top teams in the OAA, the Wildcats showed they can compete.

They qualified for district play after beating Lake Orion, 5-4, on a walk-off home run by pitcher Billy Kammerer.

Kammerer also pitched well against Adams but the team could not muster any late-game heroics.

Adams went on to beat Romeo, 15-13, to win the district title. Adams had clinched the OAA North title several weeks ago.

Oxford took a 2-0 lead in the game before Adams tied the score and then went ahead, 3-2.

A two-run home run by Highlander pitcher Mike Johnson proved to be the winning margin.

Johnson also shut down the Wildcats, allowing a run in 2.2 innings of relief.

Former Leader Editor Dan Shriner will cover Wildcat football this season.
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