The El Dorado baseball team was finally able to complete their first sweep of the 2017 season on Thursday night in Winfield. Game one was a low scoring affair as neither team could get on the board until the fifth inning. Ridge Towner has been dominating on the mound for the Wildcats this season and had his best game of the season against the Vikings in game one as he threw a complete game shutout while only allowing three singles and two doubles in seven innings on the mound for the Wildcats.
El Dorado scored the first run of the game when Kaden Clites crushed the ball to the right field fence and slid into third to beat the throw. The throw to third was inaccurate and got past the Winfield third baseman as Clites was able to score an inside-the-park homer and finally break the tie.
With two out in the next inning, the Wildcats capitalized on some Winfield pitching errors to extend their lead. El Dorado had runners on second and third when a pitch got past the Vikings’ catcher and rolled to the backstop, allowing the runners to advance and score. A second passed ball occurred just a few pitches later, giving El Dorado a 3-0 lead in the sixth. Towner was able to finish off the game from the mound and complete the shutout giving El Dorado the victory over the Vikings.
Nate Jacobs led the Wildcats offensively. Jacobs finished the game with a double and a single in a game where hits were hard to come by.
Game two featured much more offense for the Wildcats as they score more runs in the first inning of game two than they did in the entire first game. After the first inning, the Wildcats led 4-0. El Dorado added three more in the second, but the Vikings were able to match the three runs by El Dorado in the inning, making it 7-3.
After a scoreless third and fourth inning, the Vikings added another run in the fifth. Trevor Burnett hit a sacrifice fly in the top of the sixth to score Jarin Koehler from third as El Dorado went up 8-4. Winfield added two more in the bottom of the inning to put some pressure on the Wildcats going into the final inning.
El Dorado was able to handle the pressure as Cade Morrow was walked and Ridge Towner followed up with a triple to make it 9-6. The Wildcats shut out the Vikings in the final inning to finally accomplish the sweep that had eluded them. Ridge Towner had three hits in three at bats in game two. The Wildcats improved to 4-6 with the pair of wins and will try to reach .500 on the season as they travel to Wichita to take on Collegiate on Monday, April 24.