Big innings cost Cats against Jags
It's not always the long stroke that wins baseball games. Mill Valley proved that Monday night by bunting themselves to a 10-0, 15-3 sweep of intra-district foe De Soto.
The Jaguars laid down at least eight bunts on the night in an attempt to get into scoring position. The strategy worked as Mill Valley was able to tally 25 runs in the doubleheader.
"They handle the bat well," said De Soto coach Steve Deghand. "Some of their bunts caught us out of position. We seemed to be a step behind at times. But that's the way it goes sometimes."
Although the Wildcats did lose by lopsided margins, the games were more competitive than they appeared. The Jaguars used one big inning in each game to pull away.
"There was an inning in each game in which we couldn't do anything right and they couldn't do anything wrong," Deghand said. "But you have to give them credit for that. We told them before the game that if they threw strikes and played good defense, they'd win. We did not play good defense."
Errors led to Mill Valley scoring the first run of the game in the second inning. After two De Soto miscues and a sacrifice fly, the Jaguars led 1-0.
Mill Valley added another run in the third inning. Then, De Soto blundered three times in the fourth inning, helping Mill Valley to a 7-0 advantage.
The Jaguars pulled away with a three-run sixth frame inning.
The second game was close until the fifth inning when the Jaguars took over. Mill Valley led 3-2 going into the final frame, but soon the Jaguars held a 15-2 advantage.
Mill Valley sent 17 batters to the plate and scored 12 runs. Five Jaguars were walked or were hit by a pitch.
Matt Lowe, who scored earlier in the game, scored the final run of the game for De Soto. Jesse Smith tallied the other run.
Leif Goleman and Harley Mostaffa both went 4-for-6 from behind the plate for the series. Lowe was 2-for-4 with a pair of runs scored.
Sean Karashin, Aaron Hueser and Kyle Bray all went 1-for-4. Jesse Smith scored a run for the Wildcats despite being shut out at the plate.
De Soto travels to Holton for a doubleheader Thursday. Game times are set for 4:30 and 6 p.m.