April 19, 2017

Cats Split with Williams Baptist

College of the Ozarks baseball team came out swinging in the first game of Tuesday’s doubleheader against Williams Baptist University (Ark.), picking up a big 13-6 victory to snap a 4-game losing streak.

Branson freshman Chad Reusch and shortstop Jacob Karlson (Nixa) both went 3-for-4 at the plate.  Reusch scored 3 and drove in 2, while Karlson scored 1, drove in 3 RBI, and contributed a double.  Third baseman Tad Mitchell went 2-for-3, scoring 3 and driving in 3, while tagging a double and a homer.  Second baseman Tyler Whiteis also homered, driving in 3 runs.

Wyatt Saltarelli took the mound to open the game, pitching 4.1 innings, giving up 8 hits on 4 earned runs with one walk and one strikeout.  Logan Schuh provided 2.2 innings of relief, allowing 2 hits, one earned and one unearned run, and one walk, striking out 2.

The Bobcats opened up game two with a run in the top of the first, but Williams Baptist took their turn participating in the hit parade, as they tallied 4 runs in the 2nd, 8 in the 4th, and 3 in the 5th to pick up a 15-3 win.

College of the Ozarks scattered nine hits in the game to Williams Baptist’s 13.  Both teams pitched by committee, as the Bobcats opened with Ethan Whiteis, followed by Isaac Norsic, Tyler Whiteis, and Hunter Humphrey.  Williams Baptist threw Shaffer at the start.  He tossed 3 innings, giving up 3 runs on 6 hits, but his reliever and closer held the Cats’ bats at bay.

Tad Mitchell went 2-for-3 for the Bobcats, driving in 1 RBI, while J.D. Chadwell and Austin Schweiss were each one-for-two in the game. Jordan Gentry picked up a pinch hit in his plate appearance.

Tuesday’s split places the Bobcats’ season record at 23-18, strong enough to earn a place in the A.I.I. Conference Tournament  being held at Georgia Gwinnett College in early May.  In the meantime, the Bobcats will head to Fulton, Mo. on Wednesday to face William Woods University for another doubleheader beginning at 3 p.m., followed by a doubleheader at home on Saturday against Ecclesia College at 1 p.m.