Wildcats drop two
De Soto's run to the top of the 3 & 2 Baseball League took a huge hit Tuesday night when it was swept by the Shawnee Mission Northwest JV Hornets 5-3 and 10-5.
After starting the 2005 season with a 7-3 win over Bishop Miege and a 6-3 win over the Northwest Hornets 15, the Wildcats are now in the midst of a two-game losing skid and stand 2-2 on the year.
Wildcats coach Dustin Jamison said a lackluster performance was the main culprit for causing the mini skid.
"When I talked to them between games, I challenged them," Jamison said. "We weren't playing very passionate baseball at the time. I reminded them that there was enough talent on our team to some day win a state championship. I reminded them that we needed to play with more passion."
The Wildcats opened the second game on offense, and it looked as if Jamison's message had taken hold. De Soto led 3-0 after its half of the first inning.
But De Soto gave Northwest the second game after allowing five unearned runs in the bottom of the first inning and six unearned runs all together.
"It's really frustrating," Jamison said. "It really swings momentum in the favor of that other team."
The first error occurred when Wildcat starting pitcher Brady Maassen fielded a Dusty Dow grounder back to the mound. Maassen reached and made the routine tag out at first, but he dropped the ball.
Instead of recording the final out of the inning, with a 3-0 lead still intact, Maassen and his teammates fell behind and eventually lost the game 10-5.
"It takes momentum from you," Jamison said of the miscues.
The Hornets added two runs in the third inning and three more in the fourth. De Soto, meanwhile tallied two runs in the fourth inning. The Wildcats stranded about 10 batters in the second game alone.
Shawnee Mission Northwest drew first blood in the opening game of the series by scoring a single run in the top of the first inning. De Soto bounced back to take a 2-1 advantage by tallying a run in the second and fourth innings.
The Hornets regained the lead on a double by Brent Adams that scored Bodie Manly and Lentzhall. Shawnee Mission Northwest then added a run in each of the sixth and seventh innings to go up 5-2. De Soto scored a run in the seventh inning to bring the final score to 5-3.
Tyler Farmer was 4-for-6 from the plate in the contest, scored two runs and knocked one in. Travis Crow went 3-for-8 from the plate and knocked in a couple of runs with a double and two singles. He also knocked in a pair of runs.
De Soto, 2-2, returns to action at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday when they compete against St. Thomas Aquinas on Field 7.