Doubleheader headaches linger for De Soto
Pitching, defensive inconsistencies cost Cats
The problems wouldn't be nearly as vexing if the De Soto baseball team would just struggle.
The Cats dropped Game 2 of a doubleheader Thursday night at Osawatomie, and in doing so they committed most of the same sins they did the week prior.
They walked batters and gave up hits, bobbled routine grounders and made poor throws, struck out and left runners on base.
In other words, the De Soto Wildcats of the second game bore no resemblance to the Wildcats that dominated the first game.
De Soto beat Osawatomie 16-5, but tripped up 10-6 in the second game. It's the second time this season De Soto has missed on a chance to sweep a doubleheader.
"We can be better than that," Coach Joel Thaemert said. "With the games we have coming up, we'll have to be better than that."
De Soto's averaging 3 1/2 more runs per game in the first game of doubleheaders, and giving up three more runs every second game.
Thaemert said it wasn't so complex Thursday. In the first game, Jerod Bader was phenomenal on the mound, pitching six innings and, getting six strikeouts while giving up seven hits and two earned runs.
He got plenty of help from an eight-run first inning and three runs each from Tyler Farmer and Austin DeGraeve.
In the second game De Soto gave up seven first-inning runs and committed six fielding errors.
It doesn't make for much of a riddle, he said.
"It's important for us (to sweep a doubleheader) more from the mental standpoint," Thaemert said. "It's discouraging when we don't finish up a doubleheader."