Cats touch sacks, but not often home plate

Staff Writer
Geneseo Republic
Galva junior Brennan Steward fires a pitch to the plate under the watchful eye of a base umpire during the Wildcats’ home opener against Prophetstown-Erie on Monday. The Cats dropped the contest, 15-3.

Galva’s getting on base; it’s just struggling to score runs.

The Cats, who opened their 2009 baseball season this past week, dropped both of their games - 9-0 at Kewanee on Saturday and 15-3 at home against Prophetstown-Erie on Monday.

At Kewanee, the Cats mustered just three hits, but received four walks and had a runner on base in every inning. None reached third base, though.

“Our offense has to come around to give us any chance of winning games this season,” said Coach Tom Walston, in his first season as Galva skipper.

Boilermaker freshman hurler Jake Scott shut out Galva, striking out 13 in the process.

Meanwhile, Galva starter Mitch Kitterman was touched for eight runs in three innings of work. Zach Anderson provided strong relief, allowing just one run and striking out four in three innings.

Galva committed five errors, but Walston said his team’s defense wasn’t bad.

“I told the players that we have to do all the little things right and good things will happen for us,” Walston explained. “We can’t give teams an extra out or two each inning. No one can win games like that.”

On Monday, the Cats again placed at least one runner on base in every inning. But getting them home wasn’t easy.

Perennially tough P-E broke the game open in the fourth and fifth innings, scoring seven and three runs, respectively, to lead 15-1.

The first sign of life in the Cats’ offense started with a Cody Demas walk in the bottom of the fifth. The next batter, Tim Larson, who collected two walks, was hit by a pitch and then Nolan Peterson singled to right. Kerry Cortes then lined a shot that was misplayed and allowed two runs to score, making the score 15-3.

But Drayson Owens, who’s swung the most consistent Cat bat in the early going, lined into a double play to end the game after five innings.

The Cats were limited to just two hits, but Walston was positive after the game.

“I saw some good things out of our players that we can use to build on in the near future,” he said.