EAST WENATCHEE — The Eastmont baseball team had one bad inning Friday afternoon in the Wildcats’ doubleheader against Eisenhower.
If how the Wildcats rebounded from that inning is any indication of how they respond to a hiccup, opponents might want to rethink racking up a high number of runs in one inning.
Eastmont beat Ike in both games Friday — hanging on to win 9-6 in the first game, and 11-1 in the second. The Cadets scored four runs in the sixth inning of the first game, which gave Eastmont head coach Brandon Schmitten pause.
“We’ve got to clean it up and stay mentally focused,” Schmitten said.
Before that stanza, senior Chase Lewallen threw five innings, giving up two runs on only three hits.
“Chase is our go-to guy,” Schmitten said. “He was lights-out. We had quite a bit of run support early in the game.”
It was Lewallen’s day as he set the tone for the Wildcats offensively in the second game: After the leadoff hitter and second batter drew walks, Lewallen only needed to see one pitch before sending a towering fly ball over the fence in dead center.
“I was looking for a good pitch to hit,” Lewallen said. “He gave it to me, and I put a good swing on it.”
It was all downhill for Ike after that homer as the Cadets struggled getting active offensively in both games. Eisenhower managed only three hits in each game — Eastmont’s Nick Frazier gave up four runs in that tumultuous sixth inning despite not giving up a hit.
“We’ve got good athletes. We just aren’t there mentally yet,” Eisenhower head coach Shawn Thompson said. “We’ve been trying anything and everything to get them to just swing the bat.”
Wildcat pitcher Jacob Crone took advantage of Ike’s struggles at the plate by throwing five effective innings with three strikeouts.
“Crone did an amazing job,” Schmitten said. “He learned some stuff today, too.”
Schmitten stressed the importance of Crone being “effectively wild” as the pitcher gave up two hits on 0-2 counts.
Up next for Eastmont is cross-river rival Wenatchee — which, along with Moses Lake, is also undefeated in Big Nine play — at home on Tuesday. The Wildcats are expecting to face heavily-hyped Panthers pitcher Dustin Driver, who — barring any unforeseen roadblocks — will be drafted in the upcoming Major League Baseball amateur draft.
“A lot of teams are going to be a little bit intimidated by him, and there’s reason for that,” Schmitten said. “But we’ve faced him many times before, and we’re ready to step up to the challenge.”
The game between Eastmont (10-1, 6-0) and Wenatchee will be at 6 p.m.
Wenatchee 8-8, Davis 5-1
Wenatchee (10-1, 6-0 league) won two games at Davis, the first due to clutch hitting and the second due to solid pitching.
Down 1-0 in the third inning of the opener, Kendall Doerr hit a double and knocked in two runs to key the Panthers’ four-run outburst. Drew Holmberg contributed three RBI with a home run and a double.
Adam Rubb pitched all seven innings for the Panthers in the second game, allowing seven hits, one run and striking out seven
Jacob Grader smoked a 2-0 pitch left over the middle of the plate in the fifth inning for a three-run homer and to make give the Panthers a 4-0 advantage.