The Heat are 2-1, Denver is back in town Monday, June 3.
The sixth, and final Heat error of the the game took place in the top of the ninth, the ball got away from Caleb Cole, shortstop, a runner scored, putting El Dorado up 4-1, and that's how the first Jayhawk Baseball League game for each team would end June 2.
Wellington started Scott Hoffman on the mound from South Mountain Community College, a once draft pick by the New York Yankees. The righty allowed two runs in the top of the first, and another in the third. Brady Bowen, left-hander from Glendale Community College, took the mound in relief, in the fifth and finished the game.
Wellington got on the board, to make it 3-1, in the bottom of the third. Then the game became a pitching clinic for the next five innings. No one scored a thing until the aforementioned occurrence in the top of the ninth.
El Dorado pitched Chance Cotton, a 6'2'' righty for 7 innings. If it weren't for a wild-pitch in the bottom of the third, Wellington's Kirk Rocha, outfielder from Tabor College, would have never scored the Heat's lone run.
Joe Schmidt, a 6'4'' right-hander took the mound for the Broncs in the seventh, then Derek Miller, 5'5'' righty closed the game out in the ninth. The game ended on a hit to shortstop by outfielder, Dalton Bernardi, of Oklahoma City University, which resulted in a 6-4-3 double-play.
It was Wellington's first loss, dropping them to 2-1, El Dorado is 1-1.
"We pitched the heck out of it, Scott Hoffman and Brady Bowen did a heck of a job," said Heat Head Coach, Adam Niesius. "I'm embarrassed the way we played defense and attempted to hit tonight. We have to make adjustments." At any level of baseball, six errors is not a positive, making routine plays is key to success
"The majority of our errors, at least five of the six were routine baseball plays," the coach said. "We got what we deserved." As for the low three-hit showing on Sunday, Niesius said it comes down to cerebral changes need to be cerebral.
"We need to be hitters, not swingers," he said. "...There's a difference, an at-bat and grinding it out, getting a good pitch to hit; that's being a hitter. We did a lot of just swinging tonight." Niesius said his team has a short memory, and they'll need it as they will face off against the Denver Cougars for a third time in four days on Monday, June 3.
Wellington will start Derek Fischer, 6'1'' right-hander out of the University of Souix Falls. The Heat beat Denver 10-1 on Friday, and 7-1 on Saturday. The Wellington coaching staff is ready for what the Cougars have to offer.
"I'll expect the same from them that we seen the first two nights," Niesius said. "They'll go out, they'll compete and play hard." The coach expects his team to fix their issues in the batter's box.
"They're minor adjustments offensively," Niesius continued. "We're not far away, as ugly as it was tonight, we're not far away and we need to make those adjustments now."
Upcoming Heat Games, free ticket locations
Monday, June 3 vs. Denver, Family Video 500 E. 16h St.
Tuesday, June 4 vs. Derby (JBL game), tickets courtesy Lions Club, pick them up at the Chamber of Commerce or at stadium before the game.
Friday, Jun 7 vs. Dodge City (JBL game), Impact Bank 206 E. Harvey
Saturday, June 8 vs. Dodge City (JBL game), EZ Choice Meats, 1940 E Diedrich Ave. Haysville, Kan.
Sunday, June 9 vs. Dodge City (JBL game), Sumner Communications 117 W. Harvey