GOODLAND, KS — The Goodland baseball team showed a little rust early but was able to earn a split with Holcomb in their GWAC double-header on Friday afternoon at Centennial Park.
For the Cowboys it was their first games in over two weeks due to cancelled & weather-postponed games, and it showed early on as Goodland struggled on both defense and offense in game one.
In game one, both teams were held scoreless thru the first two innings. Holcomb got two runners on thanks to being hit by pitcher Cole Linton and then the Goodland defense didn’t help the cause committing two errors in the same frame to give the Longhorns a 4-0 lead.
After two more scoreless innings Holcomb would score three more runs in the sixth as Josh See had an RBI single & and then another pair of GHS errors gave HHS a 7-0 lead and that would be the final.
In the end Goodland committed five errors and only had three hits, all singles. They only had a baserunner make it into scoring position three times the entire ballgame.
Cole Linton took the loss despite just giving up two hits and four, none earn. In fact of the seven runs allowed only one was earned in game one. Holcomb’s Peyton Kruleski threw a three hitter with no runs allowed & had five K’s for the win.
Game two started quite similarly to game one as Holcomb grabbed the early 2-0 lead after two innings thanks to another Cowboy error & a Josh See RBI in the second.
It would be all zeros until the bottom of the fifth when the Goodland offense finally broke thru against the Horns. GHS loaded the bases and then a walk & hit-by-pitch tied the game. Then Mason Hernandez scored on a pickoff attempt and Gentry Deeds tacked on two more with a two RBI single to make it 5-2. Goodland would get two more runs in the frame to lead 7-2.
GHS added three more insurance runs in the sixth to make it the final score of 10-2.
Octavio Gonzalez went the distance to earn the win allowing just two runs on six hits while striking out five. Two, three, four hitters: Brock Mull, Cole Linton & Gentry Deeds each drove in two in the win.
The split puts Goodland at 6-4 overall on the season & 4-2 in GWAC play. Holcomb after the 1-1 day is now 8-4 overall & 6-2 in GWAC.
Up Next: Goodland head to GWAC leader Scott City on Tuesday while Holcomb will be at Ulysses.
Head Coach Dev Mull Postgame