The Wonder Boys will host the Missouri Western Griffons Friday at 6 p.m. here at Tech field. The Wonder Boys come off of a four-game weekend where they played in the Division II Airhog Classic in Grand Prairie, Texas. They lost the first game of the Classic to the Angelo State Rams but picked up three wins to finish out the tournament against the Central Oklahoma Broncos, the Emporia State Hornets and the Washburn Ichabods.
The Wonder Boys, 3-1 in overall play will take on the Griffons, 2-1 in overall play.
In the season opener, the Wonder Boys dropped their first game to the Rams, 6-2. Zack Kesterson, from New Hartford, New York, pitched for five innings allowing six runs and striking out four. He was relieved in the sixth inning by Jake Mattox, from Parsons, Kansas, who pitched for the final four innings allowing no runs and striking out three. Riley Hickerson, from Cooter, Missouri, batted in the first run for the Wonder Boys. This gave him his first RBI-single as a Wonder Boy. They finished with six hits by the end of the game
The first win of the season came against the Broncos, with a 7-5 rally to pull out the win. Michael Mueller, from Mississauga, Ontario, pitched for the first five innings, allowing four runs and striking out nine. Jared Droll, from Bixby, Oklahoma, relieved Mueller in the sixth and pitched two innings without a score and had one strike out. Dylan McDearmon, from Greenbrier, led the team with hits. He was 3-4 with two doubles and two RBIs in the game. Hickerson finished with two hits.
The Wonder Boys managed to take their momentum into the third game against the Hornets beating them 13-7. Cody Wescott, from Phoenix, Arizona, had two home runs and also tacked on five RBIs in the win. Degan Harte, Phoenix, Arizona, had his first start and pitched for six innings allowing six runs and struck out eight. The Wonder Boys finished the game with four steals on five attempts.
In the last game of the weekend, the Wonder Boys pulled out another win against the Ichabods to finish the weekend 3-1. Hayes Cox, from Fayetteville, pitched for six innings in his first start, only allowing one run. Jake Harvey, from Overland Park, Kansas, was 2-3 with three RBIs. He also had a go-ahead single that led to two runs in the top of the seventh. Hickerson increased the lead to 4-1 with his first triple of the season. Nolan Withrow, from McKinney, Texas, pitched the final inning, striking out two of the last three batters.