Baseball swept on Senior Night
The Wildcats’ baseball team fell victim to a near flawless performance on the mound Monday in the first game of the squad’s doubleheader with Eudora in De Soto.
The Cardinals’ Derek Scrimsher threw 6 1/3 innings without giving up a hit, propelling Eudora to an 8-1 win over De Soto. The second game also ended in disappointment as the Cardinals edged the Wildcats, 6-4.
Daniel Peterson was credited with the loss in the first game and Kyle McCulloch took the loss in the second.
Scrimsher effectively combined his curveball and fastball to keep De Soto hitters at bay, and it wasn’t until the bottom of the seventh inning in the first game before the Wildcats could muster anything offensively.
McCulloch broke up the no-hitter with a bloop single to left, then Tommy Elmer ripped a line drive over the shortstop to score McCulloch. The mini-rally proved futile, however, as Scrimsher made quick work of the final two batters to end the game.
“Their pitcher pitched great,” coach Joel Thaemert said. “We’ve got to give credit where credit is due. We just didn’t hit.”
The Wildcats got their bats going early in the second game as TJ Martin singled and scored on a passed ball. Logan Clark doubled to score another run and Elmer put down a perfectly executed bunt to score McCulloch, who had reached on an error.
But the Cardinals erased the 3-1 deficit in the bottom of the third, scoring three runs to give them a one-run advantage.
The Wildcats will be the No. 5 seed and begin regionals at 5 p.m. Monday at Jeff-West.