CHICKASHA – The Drover baseball team opened at home with a bang. And then another.
In a home opening series, the Drovers ran over the Friends University Falcons, winning the first game 16-3 and the second 7-4 on Sunday afternoon.
Junior Eddie Cervantes made his first appearance on the mound at Bill Smith Ballpark, pitching the first four innings of the doubleheader. He didn’t give up a single hit during the 14 batters he faced and threw three strikeouts.
Leading off for the Drovers, senior Romus Cezar went 3-for-3 – including a double and a triple -- with three runs and three RBIs in the game.
Also scoring three runs in the first game was third baseman Heath Wilda, who had another four RBIs, and second baseman Robert Summers, who had two RBIs.
Nolan Crowdus and Jared Coon each had two runs as well.
Colton Henricks and Dakota Blanchard each had their first college appearances on the mound, throwing an inning each, along with newcomer Kevin Schultz.
The Drovers had almost as strong of a game in the second part of the doubleheader, taking down the Falcons 7-4.
Junior David Garcia started for the Drovers, throwing five strikeouts in five innings on the mound.
Splitting the final two innings on the mound were Clinton Selman, Blake McMullen and Schultz.
Senior Brandon Jewett went 3-for-3 with one run and four RBI in the game. Coon, the starting left fielder, scored two runs for the Drovers.
The Drovers are 4-2 overall. They finish the series against Friends on Monday afternoon beginning at noon.
Their next home game will be a series against Bethany College out of Kansas. Games currently scheduled for a doubleheader beginning at noon on Saturday and a single game beginning noon Sunday.