Wellington drops 6-2, 7-3 decisions to Mulvane

    A lack of hitting and eight errors by the varsity Wellington Crusader baseball team resulted in an 0-2 start Thursday evening.
    Mulvane won game one 6-2 and game two 7-3 to sweep the double-header opener at Sellers Park.
    "We learned a lot about ourselves," said Mike Wilmoth, Wellington head boys baseball coach. "And that is we have a lot of things we need to work on."
    Perhaps it was the hamburgers served to the team in-between games. Wellington allowed four runs in the final two innings of the first game, and then came back and allowed five runs in the first two innings of the second game.
    "We had way too many errors to say the least," Wilmoth said. "But Mulvane was committing errors as well. It was a typical first game, considering the weather."
    So what was the difference?
    Wellington didn't hit the ball with regularity, Wilmoth said. Of the 42 outs in the two games, 21 were the results of strikeouts. The Dukes only put the ball in play 10 times.
    Mulvane's pitching duo of Justin Parton and Brenton Higgins kept the Dukes bats fanning air all evening.
    Parton pitched a four-hitter, striking out 10 and walking none.
    Higgins pitched a five hitter, striking out 11, and walking just one.
    The statistics for Wellington's pitchers were not so fortuitous.
    Dylan Bowman and Matt Ricke threw a four hitter with seven strikeouts, and nine walks in game one.
    Austin Campbell allowed seven hits, three walks, and four strikeouts in game two.
    Mulvane opened with a one-run lead in the first inning, but Wellington came back and tied the game in the second when Devin Robinson singled Kyle Johannsen home.
    In the fourth, Johannsen scored again, this time singling, stealing and coming home on fielders' choice plays.
    Mulvane would recapture the lead in the sixth when two walks and two singles leading to three runs. The Wildcats added a run in the seventh for the 6-2 win.
    The second game started terribly for the Crusaders, who committed three errors and spotted Mulvane a 2-0 lead. Mulvane added three more runs in the second and held a 5-0 advantage.
    It was a deficit Wellington could not overcome.
    Wellington's Heath Carroll doubled in the bottom of the second and eventually came home to put the Dukes on the board.
    Campbell and Drew Bauer scored in the third for Wellington to narrow the gap to 5-3. Mulvane secured the win with runs in the fourth and sixth.
    "We either made great plays or we made great mistakes," Wilmoth said. "It was feast or famine on the field."
    Wellington has Monday night off before traveling to Andover Central Thursday. First pitch is at 4 p.m.