GOODLAND, KS — The Goodland Cowboy baseball team pushed their winning streak to three straight games by sweeping the Syracuse Bulldogs on Thursday afternoon. It took Goodland just five innings to win game one, 12-2 and then came from behind to take game two, 10-4.
In game one the Cowboys jumped out to 5-0 lead after the first two frames and never looked back from there putting up six runs in the fourth inning. Senior starter Ryan Volk pitched a complete game two-hitter while striking out five to get his first win of the season. Volk had a no-hitter with two outs in the fifth but could not finish it out due to a Drake Durler single which would lead to two runs for Syracuse and would extend the game for another three outs before Goodland got one more run in the bottom of the fifth to end the game early.
Senior Henry Cole bounced back after struggling down in Holcomb with the bat going 3-4 in game one with two RBI’s. Ryan Volk not only threw well by also went 2-3 with with three RBI’s and Freshman D.J. Knox hit a two run triple as well.
In game two GHS gave up four runs the Bulldogs in the top of the first due to pitching command issues but settled down to not allow any more runs the rest of the way. Sophomore Brock Mull came in relief of starter Raul Soltelo to throw six and two-thirds innings while only allowing one run on three hits. He also struck out a career high eight batters to get the win. The Cowboy bats got one run back in the first and they would regain the lead scoring five in the third inning & three in the fourth. They would also ad another insurance run in fifth to seal the victory.
Henry Cole drove in another two runs in game two. As did Trevor Daise who went one for three with two runs scored as well. Andy Wood, Brock Mull & Raul Sotelo would also drive in runs for GHS who swept an opponent for the first time in almost a year.
With the wins Goodland (3-3) got back to .500 and will host Ulysses this coming Tuesday. Syracuse fell to 0-7 on the season and will host Southwestern Heights on Monday.
Coach Dev Mull Postgame:
PHOTO CREDIT: Leon Volk