|Dragons struggle at plate in losses|
|Written by Kyle Arnoldy|
For the first time this season, the HHS baseball squad lost consecutive games, falling to Sedgwick County 0-11 and 1-15 at home Thursday, April 17.
Holyoke 0, Sedgwick County 11
Holyoke batters came into Thursday’s home doubleheader with Sedgwick County sporting a respectable combined batting average of .347 and averaging close to 12 hits a game. But facing arguably the top pitcher in not just 2A, but possibly the state, Holyoke was unable to take charge offensively, losing to the visiting Cougars and their ace Chase Dunker 0-11.
Dunker threw a perfect game to open the doubleheader, not allowing a single Dragon to reach base. Equally impressive, Dunker struck out 19 of the 21 batters he faced in his complete-game shutout victory.
Coach John Zilla noted that Dunker did a good job of hitting his spots and painting corners. Last year Zilla felt like the Dragon batters were more intimidated by Sedgwick County’s ace, resulting in more watched strike three calls. On Thursday, however, Zilla said his team was more ready to take hacks at the plate.
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