The College of the Ozarks Bobcat baseball team took the field at home this Friday for a doubleheader against the Northwestern Red Raiders (Iowa). For the fourth series in a row, the Cats came away with a split, winning game one, 9-6, and falling in game two, 1-0.
Game one saw both teams put their bats on the ball, as Northwestern tallied 13 hits and the Bobcats had 15. Garret Woods pitched 6 innings for the Bobcats to pick up the win, with Jason Myers closing out the last inning with one runner on base. Bobcats’ catcher Winston Rasmussen was 3-for-4 with one RBI: DH Dylan Heitz went 2-for-3 with 2 runs scored and 3 RBI, including a homerun and double; center fielder Austin Schweiss also went 2-for-3, including 2 doubles, one run scored and one RBI.
Game two featured a pitching duel between Northwestern’s Raphael DeHoyos and C of O’s Christian Vonderheide, both of whom pitched 7 innings. The game was knotted up at zero until the top of the 5th when the Red Raiders’ Fernando Gutierrez bunted for a base hit and Zach Cortese tripled to deep left center to score him. DeHoyos allowed only 2 hits and 3 walks, striking out 4. Vonderheide gave up 5 hits and only one walk, while also striking out 4. The big difference in the game for C of O was the inability to get the bunt down when the opportunity was presented.
Friday’s results place the Bocats’ record at 4-7 and the Red Raiders at 1-1. The two teams will meet up again at noon on Saturday for anther doubleheader at Bob Smith Field on the campus of College of the Ozarks.
Pictured: Garrett Woods pitching