Wildcat girls stumble in Kaw Valley League play
Piper took advantage of the big inning on its way to an 11-1 and 14-4 doubleheader sweep of De Soto on April 9.
The defending Kaw Valley League champions scored in bunches in the first game, especially in the second inning when they sent 12 batters to the plate and scored eight runs.
In the nightcap, the Pirates pounded out 13 hits and scored four runs in each of the first, second and fourth innings.
"That really killed us," said De Soto coach Kelly Dennis of giving up big innings. "We can't do that if we want to beat the good teams. We can't have all of the errors and walk them (opponent) and still expect to win the game."
In the pivotal second inning of the first game, Wildcat pitcher Emily Baker gave up three free bases. De Soto then turned around in the third inning and committed four errors, allowing three more Pirates to score.
De Soto did display a little more offense in the second game by pounding out nine hits and scoring four runs.
"We looked much better in the second game offensively," Dennis said. "We made more contact on balls. In the first game we acted like they won the league last year and let them take it to us. We took our easy cuts at the ball and got out of there. Because we give up runs...we have to be able to score runs too."
Dennis also stressed how important it was to be able to put the ball in play. Not only because it helps her team offensively, but also puts more pressure on the opposing defense. It creates more opportunities for the defense to commit errors.
"I can handle kids getting out if they put the ball in play," she said. "The knack for putting the ball in play will come as we get more at bats."
Jara Mori led the Wildcats at the plate after going 4-for-5 in the doubleheader and scoring a run. She also collected both of De Soto's hits in the first game.
Emily Baker was the only other Wildcat to collect more than one hit in the series. She went 2-for-6 and scored a pair of runs.
Katie Davis, Allie Heinen, Carrie Buser, Jennifer Davis and Bianca Gonzalez all had a hit in the doubleheader as well. Heinen also walked twice.
Baker pitched all 10 innings for De Soto. She dropped her record to 3-2 after facing 66 batters and giving up 16 earned runs in the two games combined.
Baker struck out two batters, walked seven and scattered 18 hits in the losing efforts.
De Soto battled intra-district rival Mill Valley Monday but lost 8-2.
Mill Valley jumped out to a 5-0 lead with the help of Sarah Luschen's three-run, first-inning homer
The Wildcats narrowed the score to 5-2 in the fifth and shut down the home-standing Jags in the bottom of the inning. De Soto, however, could score no more while Mill Valley added two runs in the sixth.
De Soto (3-3) travels to Bonner Springs for a doubleheader Tuesday. Game times are scheduled for 4:30 p.m. and 6 p.m.