|Goldenstein smacks 4 home runs in Wray|
|Written by Chris Lee|
HHS sophomore Jaydin Goldenstein had an excellent outing Friday, April 29 in Wray for the Holyoke Dragons as he helped his team complete a sweep of the Eagles. Holyoke’s doubleheader with Wray was moved forward a day to try to avoid the weather on Saturday.
The Dragons needed to beat the Eagles to lock up the No. 1 seed in the district tournament.
“The kids knew they had to win and they did just that,” coach Kyle Bules said.
And win they did. Goldenstein took the mound in game one and pitched a perfect no-hitter shut out as the Dragons took game one 11-0.
They followed the win up with another victory, beating Wray 15-8. In game two, Goldenstein continued to impress as he stepped up to the plate four times and each time sent the ball over the outfield fence for four home runs.
Bules isn’t sure of school records but knows there can’t be too many, if any, players in HHS history who have accomplished such a feat.
Holyoke 11, Wray 0
Holyoke managed to sit down the Eagles in order in four of the five innings, largely in part to pitcher Goldenstein who faced 17 batters, of which he struck out 10. He allowed two walks, no hits and no runs. The Dragons run ruled the Eagles 11-0 in the short five-inning game.
The Dragons led 1-0 after three innings before getting hot during the fourth.
Seven Dragons crossed home plate in the fourth inning boosting the lead to 8-0.
After a Wray pitching change in the fifth inning, three more Dragons scored to take the 11-0 lead and eventually the win.
Brian DeBoer led the team at the plate going three for four with two doubles, one run and four RBI.
Brett Cumming was two for three with two runs. Logan Zeiler was one for three with two RBI and one run.
Holyoke 15, Wray 8
Holyoke looked to continue their hot streak and complete the sweep in game two. Goldenstein got things started with a two-run home run in the top of the first. They added one more run when Reid Baumgartner crossed home plate. The Eagles responded with six runs in the bottom of the inning.
The Dragons evened the game at six with three more runs in the top of the second inning. Wray added one in the third and Holyoke grabbed the lead with two in the fourth inning.
The Dragons found six more runs in the fifth inning to increase their lead to 14-7. Each team scored one in the sixth. No runs crossed home in the final inning giving Holyoke the win and the sweep.
Goldenstein led all batters going four for four with four home runs, four runs and seven RBI.
Jesus Hermosillo was three for three with two hits, a home run, one run and three RBI.
The win secured the No. 1 seed for the Dragons in the district tournament which begins Friday, May 6 in Yuma.
Bules said he was proud with the team’s two wins but wasn’t too happy with some of the errors in game two. He knows the Dragons will have a target on their back at the district tournament and has been told by coaches they are saving their ace pitchers for the team in green and gold.
The Dragons (14-4) received a bye in the first round of the district tournament and will face the winner of Akron-Sedgwick County Saturday, May 7 at 11 a.m. in Yuma.
The championship game will be played at 4 p.m. Saturday afternoon.