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Wildcats kick off baseball season with opener against Louisburg

April 3, 2003

Louisburg took advantage of a sub-par De Soto pitching staff en route to a 6-1, 26-5 sweep of the Wildcats Tuesday in a season opening double header for both teams at Sunflower Field in De Soto.

The Wildcats limped their way through five different pitchers in 12 innings, while Louisburg's starting pitchers rang up two complete games.

The lone bright spot on the mound for De Soto was sophomore Leif Goleman, who came in as relief in the opening game of the twin bill.

"Leif did a good job," said first year coach Steve Deghand. "He threw some strikes and because of it, got some defense behind him. It's rather difficult to get the defense involved in the game if you're walking people all of the time."

Goleman pitched the final 4-2/3 innings in the season-opening loss after senior starter Brian Bartholomew gave up five runs in 2-1/3 innings.

Goleman needed just 60 pitches to get the final 14 outs of the game and allowed just one unearned run during that time span.

The Wildcats scored three runs on Bartholomew in the first inning by getting a pair of infield singles by Brett Bowes and Nick Skuban and a stand-up double by Reed Kreiser back-to-back-to-back.

Louisburg also added a pair of walks in the inning.

Bartholomew allowed two more runs in the top of the third when Carson Williams ripped an infield single down the third base line to score Nick and Chris Skuban.

Louisburg added an insurance run in the top of the fifth when Chris Scott reached base safely on an error and Williams came home after reaching on an error as well.

De Soto earned its only run of the game in the bottom of the fifth inning when Goleman belted an infield single, scoring Sean Karashin.

Both teams pounded out six hits in the opening game, but Louisburg also earned five base on balls during the seven-inning game.

Louisburg starter Chris Skuban handcuffed the Wildcats by striking out nine batters for the game.

In the nightcap, Louisburg scored early and often.

The Wildcats put up five runs in the opening inning and added 11 more in the second stanza. Louisburg scored in every inning of the five-inning game, which was shortened because of the 10-run rule.

Goleman jumpstarted the Wildcat offense by scoring in the bottom of the first inning off a Harley Mostaffa single to center field.

De Soto added three more runs in the bottom of the fourth inning on an error and a Goleman single to center field. Hunter Noe, Chris Peterson and Jesse Smith all came home in the inning.

Noe and Smith both reached on errors, while Peterson came in to pinch run for Troy Gower after he earned a base on balls.

Mostaffa scored the final Wildcat run in the final half of the fifth inning on a stand-up double by Noe. Mostaffa reached base safely by drilling a sharp single down the right field line.

"They're a good team," Deghand said. "They are a senior-laden team with a couple of excellent pitchers."

According to Deghand a lot of teams would have folded the tents after falling behind early. But his team didn't quit.

"I was really proud of the fact that the guys kept fighting," Deghand said. "We'll get back to the basics. Fundamentals - fundamentals - fundamentals. We're going to learn how to play baseball the way its supposed to be played."

Mostaffa led the way for De Soto offensively by going 5-for-7 from the plate, scoring a run and knocking a run in. Goleman went 4-for-7, scored a run and knocked in three more. Sean Karashin was 2-for-5 with a run scored and a run batted in.

Jesse Smith, Noe and Chris Peterson all scored a run.

De Soto will take tit 0-2 record up against Basehor-Linwood at home Thursday. The game starts at 5:30 p.m.

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