College of the Ozarks picked up two wins Friday afternoon, 6-0 and 8-1, as they opened a four-game series against the Central Christian College Tigers (Kan.).
Game one saw the Bobcats take a 5-0 lead in the 2nd inning as Dylan Heitz and J.D. Payne each tagged a base hit, followed by a Tad Mitchell double to deep left that scored Hunter Simmons, pinch running for Heitz. Following an out and a walk which loaded the bases, designated hitter Tyler Whiteis came up big by driving a grand slam home run over the left field fence on a 2-2 count. The Bobcats added an insurance run in the 5th thanks to a Jacob Karlson single, a stolen base, and a Heitz single that drove in the run.
Bobcat starter Garrett Woods pitched a complete game shutout, giving up no runs on 4 hits, while striking out 4 and walking none. Woods’ record moves to 5-5 and highlights a team-leading 59 strikeouts and only 13 walks in his 13 games pitched.
In addition to Whiteis’ grand slam, feature hitters for the Cats in game one included Dylan Heitz (2-for-2, 1 RBI), Tad Mitchell (2-for-3, 1 run, 1 RBI), and J.D. Payne (2-for-3, 1 run).
In the second game, the Bobcats took advantage of the six walks and two hit-by-pitch provided by Tigers’ pitcher Jacob Herren, as the Cats scored 8 runs on 6 hits. While the first inning was scoreless, the Bobcats proceeded to score runs in each of the following 5 innings. The Tigers’ lone score for the day came on a home run by centerfielder Caleb Gorman in the sixth inning.
Leading the hit parade for the Bobcats were: Tyler Whiteis (2-for-3, 2 runs, 2RBI), Dylan Heitz and Hunter Simmons each went 1-for-1 with 1 run scored, and J. D. Payne and Winston Rasmussen each hit 1-for-2 with an RBI.
Game two’s win was picked up by freshman Logan Teal, who gave up one run on 3 hits, striking out 7 batters in his 6.0 innings pitched. Freshman Logan Schuh came in to relieve Teal in the 7th, allowing no runs, one hit, and striking out one.
Friday’s two wins take the Bobcats’ record to 25-22 overall, 8-2 in A.I.I. play. The Cats and Tigers will return to Bob Smith Field in Pt. Lookout on Saturday for another double header beginning at noon.
Pictured: #13 Tyler Whiteis Grand Slam; #4 Dylan Heitz; Pitchers #2 Woods & #22 Teal