Cubs win two

HUMBOLDT — On Friday, Humboldt High’s baseball team finally got the 2009 season under way. Games that had been scheduled for last Tuesday at home against Neodesha were played at Walter Johnson Park.
The Cubs took advantage of two passed balls by the Bluestreaks’ catcher to score the winning run in the opener, 8-7.
Thad Wells drew a leadoff walk and stole second base. Two passed balls later, Wells crossed home plate to give Humboldt the win.
“Last year, we opened the season with Neodesha and they took two one-run games from us, which were both in extra innings,” said Jeremy Weilert, Cub head coach.
Humboldt led 6-3 then Neodesha took a 7-6 lead with three runs in the sixth. The Cubs tied it in their half of the inning when Troy Davis tripled and scored on a sacrifice fly by Elijah Friederich.
Andrew Whitaker started on the mound for Humboldt, going five innings. He allowed seven runs on five hits and one walk. He had four stikeouts. Thad Wells got the win in relief, pitching two innings of shutout, no-hit baseball, walking two and striking out two.
In the game Davis had a triple and a single and Wells doubled. Hitting a single each were Friederich, Andy Honas, Chris Coronado and Billy Schomaker.
“Game two was one of those games where everything went our way,” Weilert said. “We hit the cover off the ball and Thad started the game and pitched well. Seth Nickell pitched the last three innings.”
Humboldt won 13-2 with 17 hits. Whitaker hit three singles and Wells had a triple and a single. Coronado hit a single and a double.
Hitting two singles each were Honas, Friederich and Micah Poovey. Nickel and Davis had a base hit apiece.
Wells allowed no runs on two hits and one walk with three strikeouts. Nickell gave up two runs on two hits and five walks. He struck out one.
The Cubs play at Burlington today in games moved from Monday.