Opening up the season with back-to-back wins, the HHS varsity baseball team defeated the visiting Sedgwick County Cougars, 7-5 and 10-0, on Saturday, March 21.
Though some players have been practicing for over month, those also on the basketball team had only four practices under their belts for Saturday’s games. That didn’t appear to be a handicap for the Dragons, who stayed on top of the Cougars through all the innings of both games.
“The boys played great baseball,” said coach Kyle Bules. “Everyone did their jobs in order to come away with two victories. We executed very well on the bases and took advantage of SC errors. I was very excited to see the outfielders making big plays. Some younger kids stepped up and played very well and with confidence, and that was very good to see.”
He noted the pitchers did a good job of throwing, with a 59 percent strike ratio. “We expect that to rise as the season progresses,” he said. “It takes a great burden off the pitching staff when everyone is doing their jobs.”
Two errors were committed by the team on the day, which Bules said is going to happen. “We just want to minimize them,” he added. In addition, he said, the team “will continue to work on situational hitting in order not to leave men on base, and score when in scoring position.”
Holyoke 7, Sedgwick Co. 5
Four innings passed before the Cougars got on the scoreboard. In the meantime, Holyoke racked up five runs: one in the first, and two in each the second and third innings. The fourth remained scoreless.
With a score of 5-0, Sedgwick County made its first run of the day, but the Dragons answered with one of their own. The Cougars made a valiant effort in the top of the sixth, earning three runs to bring the score to 6-4. In the bottom, HHS added one last run.
Sedgwick County had one more chance to tie the game in the seventh, but could only manage one more run, handing the win over to the Holyoke team.
Logan Krueger and Brett Gerk each hit a double in the first game. Krueger had two RBIs while Brian DeBoer, Austin Tharp and Gerk had one apiece. Gerk also had three hits and Brandon Price made three runs.
Krueger got the mound win with seven strike-outs in three innings. Tharp also pitched three innings and had three strike-outs, while Price pitched the last inning and had one strike-out.
Statistics AB R H RBI
Reid Baumgartner 2 0 0 0
DeBoer 3 0 1 1
Tharp 3 1 0 1
Krueger 2 1 1 2
Greenman 2 1 1 0
King 3 0 0 0
Gerk 4 1 3 1
Vasa 2 0 0 0
Price 2 3 0 0
Totals 23 7 6 5
Sedg. Co. 0 0 0 0 1 3 1 —5
Holyoke 1 2 2 0 1 1 - —7
Holyoke 10, Sedgwick Co. 0
Holyoke dominated the Cougars from the beginning in game two, holding them scoreless for a 10-run rule victory in the sixth inning.
HHS scored in all six innings. By the third, the team was up by three when Krueger went up to bat. He sent a home run ball flying over the fence to bring himself and two other runners home, doubling the Dragon score.
In the next three innings, HHS put up four more runs on the scoreboard to bring the game to an early end after only six innings, as the Cougars failed to bring anybody over home plate.
Krueger and Gerk each achieved two RBIs, while Reid Baumgartner and Tharp had one apiece. Krueger also led in runs with three. Tharp, Gerk and Price added two each and Willie Greenman one.
Price was credited with the win on the mound, going five innings with only two hits, and earning four strike-outs. Gerk also pitched one inning.
Statistics AB R H RBI
Reid Baumgartner 3 0 1 1
DeBoer 3 0 0 0
Tharp 2 2 0 1
Ryan Baumgartner 4 0 0 0
Krueger 3 3 1 2
Greenman 3 1 0 0
Killin 1 0 0 0
Gerk 3 2 2 2
Vasa 2 0 0 0
Price 3 2 2 0
Totals 27 10 6 6
Sedg. Co. 0 0 0 0 0 0 —0
Holyoke 2 1 3 2 1 1 —10
The Dragon baseball team also traveled to Wiggins Tuesday, March 24 for a varsity doubleheader. Results of that game will be in next week’s Enterprise.
Friday, March 27, Holyoke will host Yuma in a varsity doubleheader with action slated for 1 p.m. Saturday, March 28, the Dragons will travel to Merino for another varsity doubleheader starting at 11 a.m.