Archive for Thursday, April 5, 2001

Wildcats lose two against Spring Hill

April 5, 2001

The DeSoto High School Baseball team played two close games against the Spring Hill Broncos, one of the best teams in class 4A. However the Wildcats (1-3) lost both games 6-4, 7-3 on the road.

In the first game, DeSoto jumped out to a 3-0 lead after two innings. The offense was fueled by hits from Ronnie Kraus and Danny Blades as well as RBIs from Todd Manson, Kyle Watts and Greg Francis. Kyle Watts also came up with a diving catch at third base to end the second inning.

After Francis struck out two batters in the bottom half of the inning, it looked to be business as usual. However, Spring Hill made its comeback during the bottom of the third when it scored four runs to take the lead.

"We played well enough to win but we can't give them those extra outs," Coach Mike Runyon said, "Greg Francis showed why he was our No. 1 pitcher but we had some difficulty making outs in the third inning."

The Broncos scored two insurance runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to give them a 6-3 lead.

DeSoto rallied to tie the game in the top of the seventh inning as Todd Manson stole second base and the Wildcats scored on the Spring Hill catcher's error. However, the rally fell short and the Wildcats lost 6-4.

DeSoto played a strong second game against the Broncos and entered the top of the 6th inning tied 3-3. Jake Miller was the starting pitcher while Danny Blades came in for relief. Miller and Willie Meier provided much of the offense for DeSoto. In the bottom of the sixth inning, however, the Broncos powerful offense scored four runs. The Broncos' offensive spurt put the game out of reach for DeSoto.

Coach Mike Runyon said the team was making improvements and would try to build on the two close games at Spring Hill.

"We are making strides but there is still room to improve," Runyon said, "Pitching is ahead of where I thought it would be, but ours bats are behind."

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