Sam Goodman and Casey Perrenoud tossed complete game shutouts as Western Dubuque won both games of a big early season Mississippi Valley Conference baseball doubleheader at Cedar Rapids Prairie, May 31.
The Bobcats are off to a hot start in the MVC, standing 4-0 in league play and 5-1 overall, while Prairie’s early-season struggles continue at 1-4 overall.
“Sam and Casey both pitched great,” said Western Dubuque coach Casey Bryant. “They got tough when they needed to.”
Goodman got the best of University of Kentucky recruit Harrison Cook in the opener, scattering five hits and striking out six, while the Bobcats jumped all over Cook for five runs on five hits — including Damon Jaeger’s three-run homer in the second inning — in five innings of work.
Western Dubuque took an early 1-0 first inning lead when Jaeger — who was 4-for-5 with five RBIs and three runs scored — singled and scored on Kyle Lehman’s double. Jaeger’s round tripper made it 4-0 in the second and it was 5-0 after Goodman reached on an error in the fifth and scored on a Zach Bierman ground ball.
In the sixth, the Bobcats scored a pair on Prairie reliever Hunter Whinery when Matt Maiers singled and scored on a Goodman base hit, and Jaeger scored again when Calvin Harris hit to center to make it 7-0.
Western Dubuque added two more in the seventh when Payton Quagliano singled, Ben Bryant earned a walk and, after Maiers advanced the runners with a base hit, Jaeger’s single scored Quagliano and Bryant, making it 9-0.
In addition to Jaeger’s big night, Goodman was 2-for-5 with one RBI, Lehman 2-for-3 with one RBI, Quagliano 1-for-1 with two runs scored, Maiers 2-for-4 with one run scored, Bryant scored two runs while Harris had one RBI and scored a run.
“We roughed up some pretty solid pitchers and did a really good job of competing at the plate,” said Bryant.
Perrenoud had an impressive outing in game two, scattering five hits and striking out nine as Prairie did not advance a runner past second base in the game.
The Bobcats took a 1-0 lead in the first inning when Goodman walked and eventually scored on a wild pitch, but Prairie avoided an early disaster with a pair of bases-loaded strikeouts to end the threat.
Zack Butcher walked and scored in the second on a Goodman base hit, but again, Prairie got out of a bases loaded jam and it was 2-0 after two innings.
The Bobcats added a single run in the fourth without a hit when Goodman reached on an error and scored, and put up the final run in the sixth when Jaeger singled and scored on a single up the middle by Harris, who had a 2-for-2 game with one RBI.
Quagliano was 2-for-4, Goodman 1-for-2 with one RBI and two runs scored, Jaeger 1-for-4 with one RBI and Butcher scored one run.
“We came a long way since week one and need to continue to build,” concluded Bryant.