Cats battle, fall to rivals to open new fields
If it's any consolation to De Soto's players and coaches, they have made up some ground with Mill Valley in the past year.
During the 2003 baseball season, the Jaguars run ruled De Soto twice. Despite closing the gap, Mill Valley still swept the Wildcats Monday in a double header that opened the district's new baseball/softball complex, at 83rd Street and Kansas Highway 7.
"We had them scared," De Soto coach Steve Deghand said. "We had them on the ropes. The kids fought hard and never gave up. We were just a few plays away."
Wildcat pitching ace Matt Lowe did his part to get the win but didn't get much help from the Wildcat bats in a 3-2 loss in the opener. In the nightcap, Mill Valley produced five runs in the second inning putting the game out of reach for the Jaguars.
Lowe, who went the distance, was in control in the first game of the double header. He threw 102 pitches in 6 1/3 innings and gave up three earned runs. The senior struck out six batters, walked three batters, and allowed eight hits.
"Matt pitched very well for us," Deghand said. "He threw strikes and for the most part worked ahead in the count. We just couldn't get the timely hit we needed."
In the opener, Mill Valley scored a run in the second inning, one in the sixth, and one in the seventh as it built a 3-0 advantage going into the bottom of the seventh inning.
De Soto made it interesting when it sent seven batters to the plate in the final inning, Unfortunately for the Wildcats, none of the baserunners scored.
"We just didn't cash in," Deghand said. "We did everything but score. We just couldn't get that timely hit."
In the final three innings of the opening game, De Soto stranded seven base runners. In all, 13 Wildcat batters struck out in the opening game.
In the nightcap, Leif Goleman struggled in the second inning and gave up five runs on two hits, a walk, and two hit batters. Otherwise, the Wildcats played even with the Jaguars the rest of the game.
Jesse Smith went 3-for-8 in the two games combined and scored twice; Sean Karashin was 1-for-7 with a run scored; Hunter Noe was 3-for-7 with two RBIs and two runs scored.
Troy Gower was 2-for-7; Taylor Burnett was 1-for-6; Kyle Bray was 2-for-5 with two RBIs; Danny Doherty was 1-for-3; Leif Goleman was 1-for-5 with a run scored; Jacob Rupe was 1-for-1 with an RBI and a run scored.
De Soto, 4-3, is the host to Holton for a double header Friday. Action is set to start at 4:30 p.m. The game will be the team's first home game at the new baseball complex.
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