Baseball / April 4, 2019 By Kasey McDowell

The Wildcats bats were hot last Thursday as Mulvane hosted the Clearwater Indians in an AVCTL D4 double header.

Coach Nelson's Cats racked up 11 hits and 9 runs in game one as they beat the Indians 9-2. Juniors Gage Gerlach and Cole Diffenbaugh both recorded 2 hits and several other Wildcats (Benson, Nelson, Seier, M. Ellis, Dye, Klein, and Schmidt) recorded 1 hit each. Tanner Nelson and Mason Ellis both knocked in 2 RBIs each. Gerlach, Diffenbaugh, and Schmidt also recorded 1 RBI each. Senior speedster Drew Ellis stole 3 bases while pinch running.

Junior Hunter Dye got the win on the mound and he recorded a complete game. Dye allowed only 3 hits and 1 earned run and he recorded 10 strikeouts.

Game 2 was much of the same as the Cats tallied up 12 hits and 12 runs and got the win 12-9. Senior Nathan Klein led the Cats with 3 hits and 2 RBIs. Diffenbaugh, Gerlach, and Schmidt each recorded 2 hits and 5 RBIs between the trio. Freshman Hunter Seier and Junior Hunter Dye both recorded 1 hit and 1 RBI. Drew Ellis also recorded 3 more stolen bases in game 2.

On the mound, Klein got the win with 2 innings pitched, gave up 3 hits, 0 earned runs, and 2 strikeouts. Schmidt put in 3 innings of work with 4 hits, 1 earned run, and 2 strikeouts. Seier pitched 2 innings with 4 hits, 3 earned runs, and 3 strikeouts.

The Cats opened the season the previous Monday hosting the Circle Thunderbirds. The cats had some trouble getting the bats going and Coach Nelson pitched 7 pitchers in the double header to try to gauge the bullpen for the rest of the season. The Wildcats lost the first game 1-9 and the second game 1-17.

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