Wildcats sweep, scoring often with ‘small ball’
De Soto baseball coach Dustin Jamison took a reprieve from what he likes to do on a baseball field and inserted a little small ball into the lineup Tuesday, as the Wildcats swept a double header from the Shawnee Mission South Raiders.
It wasn't as if Jamison thought the Wildcats needed a break from the usual. The conditions were just right.
"We bunted a lot," Jamison said of his 6-2 baseball club. "I usually like to play for the big inning, but the conditions were just right for bunting and moving players.
"If we have guys on first and second and Tyler's (Farmer) up obviously I'm not going to take the bat out of his hands," Jamison continued. "But if we have guys on first and second with the lower part of the order up then I'm going to try to manufacture runs. It seemed when we were in a situation like that the conditions were right for small ball tonight."
The Wildcats also put together a couple of pitching gems and played error-free baseball as they outscored their opponent 21-0 collectively to move into fourth place in the American League standings. The wins put the Wildcats within a game of the top spot.
"We won on pitching and defense," Jamison said. "I'd much rather win a 4-2 ball game as opposed to a 15-13 slugfest."
Brady Maasen received the nod to start the opening game and Farmer started in the nightcap. Both pitched complete games.
Jamison said Maasen's off-speed stuff was working Tuesday. "He had a change-up and a curve ball that was on," he said.
As for Farmer, the Wildcat has been preparing for the 2006 high school season by working on a knuckle curve and a changeup. The junior already has a fastball, but needs to develop an off-speed pitch Jamison said.
The Wildcats opened the evening's scoring when they plated three runs in the third inning.
Jake Bosnak led off the inning by reaching base on an error. De Soto made the Raiders pay when Maasen helped himself with his bat by ripping a single to advance Bosnak. A one out single by Jake Morse scored Bosnak, and Jerin Riffel's single scored Maasen. Morse also scored a run in the inning.
Dustin Grimes led off the fourth inning with a single as the Wildcats tallied three more runs to take a 6-0 advantage.
After a base on balls to Morse, Peter Buffkin smoked a double to score Grimes.
Erin Riffel then walked to load the bases. Austin DeGraeve's bunt single scored Morse and Farmer's fielder's choice scored Buffkin.
De Soto earned lead-off walks by Bosnak and Maasen in the fifth inning and scored both players as the Wildcats ended the contest there with an 8-0 score.
The Wildcats then scored two runs in the first inning, to keep the momentum going in the night cap. De Soto tallied eight runs in the third inning by putting together four singles, a hit batter and three bases on balls. Jamison's squad sent 14 batters to the plate in the inning.
De Soto scored three more runs when they sent eight batters to the plate in the fifth and final inning.
DeGraeve, Travis Crow and Aaron Hansen all scored runs.
De Soto, 6-2, is next in action at the west complex of the 3&2 Baseball Club of Johnson County Tuesday against the Olathe North junior varsity. The games are scheduled to start at 4 and 6 p.m.