It was a rough day on the diamond for Bobcat Baseball, as they dropped two games to Waldorf University, 6-3 and 3-1.
In game one, the Bobcats put a run on the scoreboard in the bottom of the first, as Max Pulley doubled and Kyle Abrahamson was hit by a pitch. Pulley advanced to third on a fly ball by Lincoln Rasmussen, and the Bobcats executed a double steal, with Pulley scoring when Waldorf tried to catch Abrahamson at second.
The lead was short-lived for the Cats. Waldorf opened the top of the second with a single followed by two outs, but a triple by Josh Fussy, a hit by pitch, and a Bobcat error resulted in a three-run inning for the Warriors.
Waldorf scored a run in the top of the fourth on a Fussy single and a Gonzalez double—a duo that would plague the Bobcats throughout the day. The Bobcats responded with a run in the bottom of the frame when Kolton Giefer was hit by a pitch and later scored on a double by Zach Ford.
Trailing 4-2, the Bobcats added another run in the bottom of the fifth, thanks to a two-out double by Abrahamson and a triple by Rhett Hill. Unfortunately, a fly ball closed out the inning with the Bobcats down by one run.
In the top of the sixth, Fussy and Gonzalez went to work again for the Warriors. Fussy, who would go 2-2, with 3 runs scored and an RBI, opened the inning with a base on balls. Gonzalez (2-3, 2 runs, 1 RBI) executed a bunt hit, which placed runners on first and second with no outs. Jack Muhleck bunted and reached first base on an errant throw to third by pitcher Joe Lee in an effort to knock out the lead runner; Fussy scored. Brett Stenlund hit a sacrifice fly to right to tally a second run, and the top half of the sixth closed with Waldorf leading 6-3.
The Bobcats could not put together a rally in the bottom of the sixth or seventh, and the Warriors’ Heath Chapman picked up the complete-game win. Chapman allowed three earned runs on six hits, walked no batters, and struck out eight. Kyle Giefer suffered the loss for the Bobcats, allowing 2 earned runs in five innings pitched, walking four and striking out two.
Kyle Abrahamson led the Bobcats at the plate, going 2 for 2 with 1 run scored. Abrahamson, Pulley, and Ford each doubled, and Hill tripled.
Game two saw both teams tally a run in the first inning. Waldorf’s run came on doubles by Gonzalez and Muhleck, while the Bobcats would see Abrahamson walk, move to second on a wild pitch, head to third on a Rasmussen single, and score on a sac bunt by Kyle Giefer.
Both teams were scoreless until the top of the fifth, when Waldorf took a 3-1 lead on a Jack Denney single, followed by a Fussy homerun.
There wasn’t much action in the remaining innings until the seventh. Jake Denney would double to deep left center for the Warriors but was left stranded. The Bobcats opened the bottom of the frame with a strikeout and a walk to Pulley. An Abrahamson fly ball to the warning track in right field raised the hopes of Bobcat fans, but it was tracked down for an out. Lincoln Rasmussen singled through the gap and Kyle Giefer was hit by a pitch to load the bases, but on a 3-2 count, pinch hitter Cade Little grounded out to close the game.
Mac Pearson collected the win for the Warriors, and Tad Jones suffered the loss for the Bobcats.
Bobcat leaders at the plate featured: Dawson Nimmo (1-1), Lincoln Rasmussen (2-4), and Kyle Giefer (1-2).
The two teams will return to Coach Bob Smith Field tomorrow for another doubleheader, where the Bobcats will hope to even-up the series.