|Dragon baseball pounds Wiggins, improves to 6-0 on 2011 season|
|Written by Chris Lee|
Despite snowy and rainy conditions, Holyoke 10-run ruled Wiggins in both games Saturday, March 26 to improve to 6-0 on the season.
The home team won the first game 16-6 and the second 13-2 to keep their perfect season intact.
“Things are going well right now and the kids understand that our schedule is going to get more difficult and they need to get better every day mentally and physically in practice and games,” coach Kyle Bules said.
Bules said the team worked on a lot of situational hitting and running during the week and implemented some new things offensively prior to Saturday’s games.
Holyoke 16, Wiggins 6
Holyoke scored the first two runs of the game in the bottom of the first inning.
Wiggins found all six of their runs in the second inning. The Dragons answered the call by crossing home five times in the bottom of the second. The home team kept up the momentum in the third scoring six more runs.
They added two in the fifth and a final run in the sixth to earn the win by run rule.
Reid Baumgartner took the mound to begin the game. He earned three strikeouts while allowing three walks, five hits and six earned runs. Jaydin Goldenstein relieved Baumgartner midway through the second inning. He allowed one walk, two hits and zero earned runs while earning eight strikeouts.
Brian DeBoer and Brett Cumming led slugging efforts with three hits apiece. Each also scored three runs. Baumgartner also crossed home plate three times.
Holyoke 13, Wiggins 2
The Dragons’ relentlessness never faded as they kept the pressure turned up in the second game.
After scoring the first run in the bottom of the second, Holyoke exploded for 11 second-inning runs to take an early 12-0 lead.
The Tigers got on the board when they scored one run in the top of the third inning. The Dragons added one more in the bottom of the third.
Wiggins’ final run came in the fourth while both teams were unable to score in the fifth.
Holding a 13-2 lead after five innings, Holyoke earned their sixth consecutive victory of the season.
DeBoer earned the win on the mound after pitching for three walks, three hits and two earned runs. He also earned three strikeouts.
Chris Bieber, Goldenstein and Deyten Klein each had two hits to lead the team. Trevor Dalton led the team with three RBI.
The Dragons are scheduled to travel to Merino Saturday, April 2 to face the Rams in a doubleheader. First pitch is set to be thrown at 11 a.m.
Akron is scheduled to visit the Holyoke diamond Tuesday, April 5 for a doubleheader set to begin at 3 p.m.
Bules said continuing to grow on their recent success and doing the little things will be paramount for the team.