Bulldog baseball

Bulldog teammates come out to home plate to celebrate after a home run against Urbana during play March 23. Shown are Jordan Veldmen,  Ben Greenberger, Dylan Gates and Kyle Kinney.

MAHOMET — Mahomet-Seymour baseball coach Nic DiFilippo thought his 2019 club would be the deepest team he’s had in a while. Early returns have proven that prediction to be right. The Bulldogs are off to a perfect 6-0 start, and they’re looking mighty dangerous.

The pitching has been superb. Kobe Essien, Dawson Finch, Kyle Kinney, Ben Greenberger and CJ McKinney have all delivered great starts on the bump in the early going. The competition will ramp up next week, but M-S is playing great baseball and their pitching is leading the charge. The staff has allowed just 11 runs through six games. That’ll do the trick.

Offensively, DiFilippo believed that his team would have to grind out at-bats and find a way to scrape across runs. M-S has done just that.

It’s not the most loaded lineup that DiFilippo has coached, but they’ve gotten the job done so far. M-S has outscored its opponents 47-11 in the first week.

Now, it’s time to build off the early-season momentum.

M-S 4, Carterville 2. Kobe Essien was terrific in his first varsity start last Thursday, firing six innings of two-hit ball. Essien struck out 10. Essien didn’t get the win as the game went into extra inn-

ings before the Bulldogs scraped across a couple runs in the ninth inning to escape with a big 4-2 win.

Ricky Bohlen came on in relief and pitched three innings, allowing four hits and a run while striking out three.

Jordan Veldman had three hits, one run scored and one RBI. Dawson Finch had two singles and reached back three times. Ben Greenberger also had a single and an RBI. Kyle Kinney and Jack McHale each had one hit.

M-S 10, Urbana 0. Veldman crushed a homer and scored three runs out of the leadoff spot, and CJ McKinney and Zack Chalk combined to three-hit Urbana in the six-inning win. McKinney allowed just two hits and fanned eight in his 5-plus innings in the first game of the doubleheader on Saturday.

Jack McHale went 1-for-3 with two RBI. Greenberger and Kinney both singled and scored two runs. Dylan Gates, Jon Latham and Nate McFall all went 1-for-3.

M-S 5, Urbana 1. Greenberger was dealing in his first start of the season. The senior struck out 10 Tigers and allowed just six hits and one run during his six-inning outing. Veldman homered for the second straight game and also singled as M-S cruised past Urbana 5-1 to complete the doubleheader sweep.

Veldman, Kinney, McHale and Bohlen all had two hits. Bohlen, Latham and McHale all notched a double. Veldman swiped three bases.

M-S 9, Olympia 3. McHale did it all in the Bulldogs’ 9-3 win over Olympia on Tuesday. The gritty senior had three hits, including a double. Mc-

Hale stole a base and drove in three runs in the big win.

In total, the Bulldogs notched nine hits. Latham finished 2-for-3 with a double and a run scored. Kinney doubled and scored as well. Greenberger, Finch and Gates all had one hit. Finch was on base three times via a walk, and Gates drove in a couple of runs.

On the bump, Kinney picked up his second victory of the season. Kinney pitched 3-plus innings, allowing five hits and two earned runs. Kinney walked a pair and struck out two. Finch came on in relief and was awesome. Finch struck out seven of the 13 hitters he faced over the final 3-plus innings. Finch allowed just one hit and walked two.

Looking ahead

M-S will hit the road for a doubleheader at Lincoln at 11 a.m. Saturday. M-S will travel to St. Joseph-Ogden for a showdown with an area powerhouse at 4:30 p.m. Monday.