Goleman’s shutout keys season-opening double-header sweep
Late rally earns Cats sweep of Wellsville
After falling behind 9-3 in the nightcap Tuesday, De Soto's baseball team rallied for an 18-9 win against Wellsville and earned the sweep on a season-opening doubleheader.
The Wildcats scored 15 runs in the final three innings to secure the double-header sweep and a 2-0 record on the season. The Wildcats won the opener 10-0.
Despite the perfect start, all didn't set well for Wildcats coach Steve Deghand.
"We have to play better defensively," Deghand said. "If we give up five or six errors in a row like we did tonight, then we're going to be in trouble."
Deghand was pleased, however, with his team's ability to deliver hits when they needed them in the rally.
"Guys have to step up and make plays," the coach said. "We need the guys to step up and make the plays when we need them. It's easy to do it when there is no pressure."
The Wildcats had a lot of help from the Eagles pitching staff. Five different pitchers stepped to the mound in an attempt to silence the De Soto bats. But none could get the job done.
The Eagles hit nine De Soto batters on the night and had several other pitches slipped by the back of an unsuspecting Wildcats batter. On the evening, De Soto stroked out 18 hits, including five hits that went for extra bases.
De Soto started its rally in the bottom of the fourth inning with four runs. Colby Childers started the rally by earning a lead- off walk in the fourth inning. The junior stole second and then came home on an error.
Jacob Rupe and Hunter Noe scored next in the inning when Taylor Burnett ripped a double into deep center field. Burnett then came home on Austin DeGraeve's sacrifice fly to deep left field.
Seven runs were scored for the Wildcats in the fifth inning as De Soto sent 11 batters to the plate on just two hits. Four Wildcats walked, while one more was hit by a pitch.
De Soto scored four runs in the bottom of the sixth, securing the win.
In the first game, De Soto didn't need a rally to get the easy 10-0 win. That's because Leif Goleman was nearly unstoppable.
The senior threw 74 pitches for the complete-game win. He struck out 12 batters and gave up just two hits.
"That was huge," Deghand said. "It set the tone for the evening. It also gives the other players confidence that he's going to get the job done when he steps on the mound. He did what a senior should do."
Although it took the Wildcats some time to get their offense cranked, De Soto scored eight runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. The Wildcats battered Cody Gardner and Kyle Rush for six hits in the inning, including a triple and a double by Riley Pierce and Taylor Burnett, respectively.
Tyler Farmer and Rupe then scored a run each in the fifth, finishing the 10-run rule win.
Eight Wildcats had multiple hits on the night. Goleman, Pierce and DeGraeve led the way with three hits each. Pierce and DeGraeve were 3-for-5, while Goleman went 3-for-6 over the course of the two games.
Noe and DeGraeve led the way by scoring five and four runs apiece. Farmer and Rupe produced three runs apiece. DeGraeve also knocked in four runs, while Goleman had two. Three other Wildcats had two RBIs on the evening.
De Soto, 2-0, is next in action at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at Ottawa.