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Wolfpack Baseball embraces weekend losses as learning opportunities

Coach Johnny Watts said that he is impressed with the improvement the young team showed between games

The Wolfpack played against Columbia Burbank on April 24, for a doubleheader game. Game one saw a score of 9-1, with Burbank winning.

The team took their first lead of the year into the bottom of the 3rd inning.

“For a team solely made up with underclassmen with limited experience they showed competitive grit and significant improvement defensively,” Watts said, in an email. “Due to numbers, many of the players were in positions that they normally don’t get a lot of reps in much less game-time situations.”

DW jumped out first yet again with the second game of the day, taking a 2-0 lead into the bottom of the fourth. Unfortunately, Burbank was able to capitalize on the combination of unforced errors, free passes, and timely hitting allowed by the DW defense, Watts shared.

“The bottom of the 4th turned into a 14 run inning for the Coyotes,” Watts said. “Although the final score was a bit lopsided, DW again showed tremendous growth both defensively and on the base paths. Monte Pettichord made an outstanding diving play in center field that saved multiple runs from scoring and was solid all day. “

Cyson Morris and Quinn Benevides completed DW’s first double play of the year and there were multiple players recording their first hits of the season.

Game 1 Stats:

Score: Burbank-9 DW-1

Pitching: DW-Klint Kuykendall ( 6-innings pitched, 8 hits, 2 walks, 2 hit batters, 6 earned runs)

Hitting: DW-3 hits ( Klint Kuykendall 2 for 3 with 1 RBI) ( Zach Durham 1 for 3)

Runs Scored: DW-1 (Levi Boudrieau-1)

Game 2 Stats:

Score: Burbank-14 DW-2

Pitching: DW - Levi Boudrieau ( 3 and 2/3 innings pitched, 13 hits, 2 walks, 2 hit batters, 9 earned runs) DW – Zach Durham (1/3 inning pitched, no hits, no walks, and no runs)

Hitting: DW – 4 hits (Klint Kuykendall 1 for 3) (Zach Durham 1 for 2 with one RBI) ( Quinn Benevides 1 for 2 with 1 RBI) (Jasper Morrow 1 for 2)

Runs Scored: DW- 2 ( Monte Pettichord-1 )( Ryan Pitcher-1)


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