With conference play slated to start this week, El Dorado’s pitching staff seems to be hitting its stride.
In their two games last week at the Crossett Tournament, the Wildcats didn’t allow a run in posting a pair of victories.
“Our pitchers threw really well,” said El Dorado coach Cannon Lester. “They had intent with their fastballs. They had good velocity.”
On Thursday, Derek and Austin Jobe combined on a four-hit shutout in a 2-0 win over Woodlawn in a game that was scoreless until the seventh when Jacob Boshears singled home the game’s lone runs.
Boshears was 2-for-3 at the plate, as was Shaun York.
Derek Jobe walked two and struck out four while allowing three hits in three scoreless frames as the Wildcats’ starter.
Austin Jobe was the winner in relief, allowing one hit in four innings of work. He walked two and struck out five.
On Friday, a quartet of pitchers combined on a five-hit shutout in an 8-0 win over Crossett.
Chase Webb walked three and struck out four in three shutout innings to pick up the win. He allowed two hits.
Landen Rainwater allowed a hit and recorded a strikeout in his inning of work.
Boshears followed with a hitless inning with two strikeouts, and Rick Cazenave allowed two hits with one strikeout to close out the Eagles.
El Dorado’s offense also had great balance with four players racking up multi-hit games in Friday’s win.
York followed his two-hit game against Woodlawn by going 3-for-4 with three RBIs for the Wildcats.
Connor Black, a freshman, was 3-for-3 with three runs scored.
Rainwater was 2-for-2 with Colton Laster going 2-for-3 for El Dorado.
The Wildcats, who start the week with a 3-2 record and a three-game winning streak, were to begin conference play at home today against Hot Springs Lakeside, but the game was moved to Hot Springs due to the threat of rain in Monday's forecast.
El Dorado is also scheduled to host Junction City Thursday before heading to J.A. Fair in league play Friday.
The Wildcats will then take a small break before beginning their bid to repeat as champions of the Magnolia Ballin-n The Break tournament over spring break.