El Dorado had a chance to complete their first sweep of the season, but let the opportunity slip away late in game two. After handling Mulvane 9-3 in the first game, the Wildcats blew a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the seventh as Mulvane came back and won game two in the final inning by a score of 4-3.
Trevor Burnett started on the mound for El Dorado In game one. Muvane got on the board first, scoring a run in the first inning. After a scoreless second inning, El Dorado exploded in the third, scoring four runs. Kaden Clites led off the inning with a single into shallow left field. Chase Vetch then laid down a bunt and was thrown out, while Clites was able to advance to second base. After a strikeout, Dacota Motter was hit by a pitch to put runners on first and second for the Wildcats. Tyler Michaelis connected on a pitch and sent the ball over the right fielder, scoring both Clites and Motter and giving El Dorado the 2-1 lead. The Wildcats would go on to hit three consecutive doubles, the next two coming from Cade Morrow and Trevor Burnett. This gave El Dorado the 4-1 advantage after the third inning. Neither team scored in the fourth, but Mulvane loaded the bases as Trevor Burnett walked three Mulvane batters, but Mulvane could not capitalize and Burnett was able to get out of the inning without giving up a run.
Dacota Motter took another pitch off the shoulder without flinching to get on base for the Wildcats in the top of the fifth. Tyler Michaelis then singled, which brought Cade Morrow to the plate. Morrow hit another double which scored two runs for El Dorado, and giving Morrow his third RBI of the day.
El Dorado was up 6-1 and beginning to pull away. The Wildcats added to their lead in the sixth, and a Mulvane error in the seventh gave El Dorado a 9-1 lead going into the final half-inning. Mulvane could only manage to score two in the final inning, as El Dorado hung on to win 9-3.
Game two was much more competitive, as the contest was tied up at one after five innings. In the top of the fifth, El Dorado loaded the bases and Jarin Koehler stayed in the box and got hit by a pitch, sending home a run as the Wildcats took a 2-1 lead. In the bottom of the sixth, Trevor Burnett made a stellar defensive play at third base as Mulvane runners were on first and second with two outs. Burnett made a diving catch as a line drive was hit in his direction, getting the final out of the inning for El Dorado and preserving the one-run lead. In the top of the final inning, Cody Wittenberg crushed a ball over the left field fence that just barely stayed fair. The solo home run gave El Dorado a 3-1 lead and all the momentum as Wittenberg’s teammates mobbed him as he touched home plate.
Mulvane had one more chance to come back and avoid getting swept. El Dorado failed to close out the game as multiple Mulvane batters reached base and advanced to second and third before a ball sailed over the third baseman’s head while trying to throw out a baserunner. The ball rolled into left field and both Mulvane runners scored to tie the game at three with one out. The Wildcats were able to get another out, but Mulvane was able to advance the winning run to third with two outs. A pitch landed in the dirt and took a bad bounce off of El Dorado’s catcher and rolled down the first base line as the winning run came in to score and Mulvane won in dramatic fashion to avoid the sweep.
El Dorado will travel to Winfield Thursday, April 20 to take on the Vikings in a doubleheader starting at 4 p.m.