The Wheaton Bulldog baseball team started off its fall season with a pair of wins last week.
The Bulldogs hosted the Crane Pirates on Aug. 22 and defeated the Pirates 9-6, then traveled to Golden City on Thursday and picked up a 13-1 victory.
Against Crane, Wheaton steadily built up a 7-0 lead after five innings behind a strong pitching and hitting performance from Kyle Robbins. The senior gave up one hit, struck out eight and walked three during his five innings of shutout work. He also was three for four at the plate with a double and two RBI on the night.
After a pitching change, Wheaton struggled with control, and Crane was able to score six runs in the sixth inning before senior Sean Goostree came in and retired five straight batters to end the sixth and earn the save.
The Bulldogs added a couple of insurance runs in the sixth for the 9-6 victory.
"Our defense was superb tonight behind Kyle, and anytime your team plays error free baseball in the opening game you feel good as a coach," said Head Coach Jason Webb.
Steven Hendrix was two for three with a walk, and Dylan Burns went one for two with a walk. Wheaton collected nine hits to Crane's four.
Golden City game
With a Golden City pitcher struggling to throw strikes, Wheaton was able to score 10 runs in the first inning, mostly from walks, and after that the Bulldog hitters had a hard time getting into a groove.
Goostree pitched the win, striking out 12 and giving up four hits in five innings on the mound.