The El Dorado and Augusta baseball teams faced off in a doubleheader on Thursday night at Rodney Wheeler Stadium in Augusta.

The Wildcats took game one 11-6, before Augsuta won game two 6-3 to salvage a split.

In game one, each team scored one run in the first inning. El Dorado exploded for six runs in the second inning, opening up a 7-1 lead.

The Wildcats scored at least one run in all but one inning, as they cruised to a 11-6 win.

Gage Starkey earned the win for the Wildcats in game one, going six innings, giving up seven hits, while striking out five.

Blake VanDegrift led El Dorado at the plate with two hits and three RBI’s. Gage Starkey, Jarin Koehler, Trey Smith, and Chase Veatch also finished with two hits each.

Jonny Clausing led the Orioles at the pate with two hits and two RBI’s

In game two, El Dorado was the first to score as Gage Starkey drove in Kaden Clites to give El Dorado a 1-0 lead after two innings.

Augusta answered with two outs in the bottom of the third inning as Clay Wesbrooks doubled, and Jarin Jackson followed up with a single to score Wesbrooks. JC Roberts doubled to bring home Jackson, and Tyler Smith singled to give the Orioles a 3-1 lead.

Augusta added one run in each of the next three innings to go up 6-1.

El Dorado gave Augusta a scare in the top of the seventh inning, but could not complete the comeback as Augusta came away with a victory.

“Our pitching was really good today,” said El Dorado head coach Bill Shaw.

“Our defense for the most part was good, aside from some letdowns in the middle of the second game. We made some physical error in game two. The positive of game two is that we went down fighting. Obviously, our hitting was much better in game one. Today was a lot cleaner than previous games. How we approached the game, and our execution was much better.”

El Dorado is now 3-11 on the season and will travel to McPherson on Thursday, May 3.

Augusta has a record of 8-6 and will host McPherson on Monday, April 30.