The El Dorado Wildcats seemed to have found their stride and earned a pair of 4-2 victories over the Rose Hill Rockets Thursday at home at McDonald Stadium.
“Scoring early is somewhat of a first for us; not chasing someone offensively was nice. We were able to do a few more things being up early and having Easton (Smith) pound the strike zone forcing those guys to put the ball in play gave us a chance,” said El Dorado head coach Scott Camien.
Starting pitcher Easton Smith went the distance in a complete game effort and was two outs away from a shut out win.
Smith allowed 7 hits and two runs with only one being earned, he walked three and struck out 6 in his second victory of the season.
The Wildcats struck first in the bottom of the first with Smith helping his own cause with a two-out two-run double to the gap to score Kyle Macy and Trevor Crain.
Gage Armstong followed with a seeing eye single past the Rose Hill shortstop to score Smith and give the Wildcats a 3-0 lead.
From there, Smith settled in and pitched in and out of trouble and with the help of some solid defending put up goose egg after goose egg on the scoreboard.
“You have to tip your hat to Easton. He threw extremely well,” said Camien.
Macy was 2-4 with a double a run scored and a stolen base.
Armstrong was 2-2 with a rbi, a walk and a stolen base. Quinton Morgan was 2-2 with two walks and a stolen base.
The Wildcats took the momentum from the first game and it carried into the second ball game as El Dorado received another solid performance from the bump and won again 4-2.
Starting pitcher Aaron Riffel earned his first victory of the season going five innings allowing two unearned runs and three hits while walking one and striking out 4 Rockets.
Quinton Morgan followed with two innings of relief to earn the save allowing a hit and a walk and no runs while striking out two.
The Wildcat pitchers were solid in game two allowing only 4 hits through 7 innings.
The Rockets scored first in the top of the second to take a 1-0 lead on El Dorado.
The Wildcats answered in the bottom of the inning with two runs to claim the lead.
Rose Hill knotted the game at 2-2 in the third but El Dordo responded again with a run and claimed the lead for goo and added an insurance run in the fourth.
Kyle Macy had three of the four Wildcats’ hits, going 3-4 at the plate with two rbis and a stolen base for the Wildcats.
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“Our record isn’t great, at this point. I think the guys are playing somewhat unsure of themselves and for us to come out and earn the wins the way we played is extremely important for us and moving forward,” said Camien.
The Lady Wildcats softball team fell 16-2 and 11-2 in their two games at home against Rose Hill.
The Wildcats will be at home on Monday in a weather make up with Winfield.