Chiefs Baseball Team Struggles Out of the Gates

The Keokuk Chiefs baseball season got off to a tough start on the road over the weekend. Pitching figured to be part of the growing pain for the Chiefs as they lost their top pitcher Chandler Sanders off of last year’s team that went 13 and 25. After losing by a run Thursday the Chiefs played a doubleheader at Burlington High School Friday night. In the opener Chiefs starter Andrew Patterson struggled giving up 9 runs in 2 and a third innings and the Chiefs bats were held to just 1 hit, by sophomore catcher Dalton Boecker, in a 12-0 loss. The Chiefs were more competitive in the second game as Senior lefty Dylan Hoewing gave up just 4 runs over 4 and a third innings in a 4-1 loss. The Chiefs best offensive output of the weekend came in a 5 to 9 loss Saturday morning against Davis County. The Chiefs went 10 for 29 at the plate as Dalton Boecker, Matt Wyatt, and Jake Jones each had 2 hits. Saturday afternoon pitching struggled again for the Chiefs as they lost 11 to 5 to Van Buren Community. Junior Jake Jones started and pitched 3 and a third giving up 5 earned runs. The lone bright spot on the mound came out of the bullpen as Junior Matt Wyatt pitched 2 and a third innings giving up just 1 run while striking out 2 and Gavin Thompson had 2 hits for the Chiefs. Head coach Scott Rose is hopeful that the friendly confines of Joyce Park will turn things around for the 0 and 5 Chiefs when they host Mount Pleasant for a conference doubleheader Tuesday afternoon.