Hot Wildcats cruise past SM East, 12-1
It’s not every day that 4A and 6A schools square off in athletic competition in the state of Kansas.
Perhaps even rarer is when the 4A squad that is compiled from a significantly smaller student population beats its much larger opponent.
But that’s exactly what happened July 8 when Joel Thaemert’s baseball team took to the diamond against the Lancers of Shawnee Mission East.
The Wildcats hammered the Lancers 12-1 at the 3 & 2 baseball complex.
“We were real happy with how the team performed,” assistant coach Darren Erpelding said. “It’s always good to know that we can compete against the larger schools.”
While Erpelding acknowledged that SME didn’t field its full squad, he said the Lancers had the majority of their varsity ball players participate in the summer league contest.
Despite peppering the baseball and scoring 12 runs in the game, Thaemert said he was most pleased with his pitcher.
“T.J. Crow pitched a gem,” Thaemert said. “He’s a guy who has been pitching with the U16 squad, but he jumped in to play for the 18s.”
Apparently being called up didn’t faze him. Crow allowed just five hits in his five innings en route to the De Soto victory.
“I was most impressed with the way he got out of a jam in the first inning,” Erpelding said. “We had one out with runners on second and third and he pitched his way out. He got a guy to ground out to end the inning, and went on to pitch a great game.”
Offensively De Soto performed just as the score indicated. Randall Callaway, Logan Clark and Eric Seymour put on a clinic at the plate as each recorded multiple hits in the contest.
Sophomore Logan DeGraeve also made good on his opportunities at the plate with a bases loaded double to increase the deficit.
Defensively the Wildcats continued to showcase some good glove work by not making any errors in the field.
De Soto has three games remaining on its schedule, providing none of the numerous rainouts from earlier in the season will be rescheduled. De Soto will play a doubleheader against Bishop Ward Tuesday.