Leather-seeking smacks sink Cats
Sometimes you just get beat. It's as simple as that, De Soto baseball coach Joel Thaemert said Tuesday after his team lost two games to Eudora.
The Cats narrowly missed in the first game, falling 6-5 after giving up a seventh-inning run. De Soto then seemingly smashed every ball directly at a Cardinal fielder in the second game before going on to lose 5-2.
It's unfortunate, frustrating and not what the team needed, Thaemert said, but more than anything, it can be summed up pretty simply.
"That's just baseball," he said. "I don't think we could have hit the ball any harder. We just kept hitting it at them."
De Soto had its best chance to win in the first game, a contest it's hard to say got away as a string of Eudora blunders kept De Soto out of trouble late in the game.
Trailing 5-4 in the sixth, Cat senior Jarod Bader led off with a single over second base, and Erik Hill got on when the Eudora first baseman flubbed a slow roller.
An Aaron Hanson single into left field sent Bader home and tied things up, but De Soto couldn't take any further advantage of what eventually became a bases loaded situation.
De Soto bailed out of a tight situation of its own early in the seventh. Eudora led off with a double, but cleared the bags when Brady Maasen caught a pop-fly bunt. He slid forward from his first base position to make the out, then gunned the man on second down without getting off his knees.
Two walks, a single and finally a hit batsman later the acrobatic play was wasted as Eudora's winning run trotted home.
"That was a great game," Thaemert said. "We played well enough to win, but we have to tip the cap. They earned it."
The week wasn't all bad for the Cats. De Soto beat up on Baldwin Friday, winning 12-2 and 14-4.
De Soto will host its regional. Play in the eight-team tournament begins at 4:30 p.m. Monday as the Cats, the No. 7 seed, battle Kansas City-Piper.