4/8 – MW 10 KEARNEY 6 - The base paths were crowded today for both offenses in a high-scoring game where Millard West came out on top against Kearney, 10-6. The Wildcats fired up the offense in the first inning. Jackson Wright drove in three when he homered. Kearney knotted the game up at three in the bottom of the second inning, when Layne Shiers lined out, driving in a run. Millard West pulled away for good with two runs in the third inning. In the third an error scored two runs for Millard West. Kearney scored three runs in the second inning. Brandt Groskreutz, Trey Rodriguez, and Shiers all contributed in the big inning with RBIs. Xander Hay was credited with the victory for Millard West. He allowed two hits and zero runs over two and a third innings, striking out one and walking zero. Kyan Lodice, Lucas Ballard, and Max Anderson all put in work in relief out of the bullpen, steering their team towards the victory.
Jaxon Worley took the loss for Kearney. He went four innings, allowing six runs on six hits and striking out four. Preston Menicucci started the game for the Wildcats. He surrendered three runs on two hits over one inning, striking out one. Millard West launched one home run on the day. Wright put one out in the first inning. Millard West tallied 14 hits. Wright, Lodice, Eric Standish, Cohen Weaklend, and Garrett Kennedy each managed multiple hits for Millard West. Wright went 3-for-3 at the plate to lead the Wildcats in hits. Millard West was sure-handed in the field and didn't commit a single error. Jackson Meier had the most chances in the field with six. Rodriguez led Kearney with two hits in three at bats.
4/9 – MW 9 MN 4 - Despite allowing four runs in the fourth inning, Millard West defeated Millard North 9-4 on Tuesday. Ryan Mendez, Tommy Roland, and Owen Sutherland all moved runners across the plate with RBIs in the inning. In the second inning, Millard West got their offense started. Trey Wilbeck singled on a 1-0 count, scoring one run. The Wildcats tallied five runs in the third inning. The offensive onslaught came from singles by Ryan David, Tristan Gomes, Wilbeck, and Cohen Weaklend. Keyton Barnes earned the win for Millard West. He lasted four and two-thirds innings, allowing six hits and four runs while striking out three and walking one. David threw one and one-third innings in relief out of the bullpen. Ben Weber took the loss for Millard North. He allowed seven hits and six runs over two and two-thirds innings, striking out five. Millard West saw the ball well today, racking up 14 hits in the game. Wilbeck, David, Jackson Wright, and Max Anderson each collected multiple hits for Millard West. David and Wilbeck each collected three hits to lead Millard West Wildcats. Millard North was sure-handed in the field and didn't commit a single error. Zachary Johnson had the most chances in the field with six.
4/10 – MW 6 PREP 11 - Creighton Prep bested Millard West JV in a high-scoring affair, 11-6. Creighton Prep got things started in the first inning when Rice W grounded out, scoring one run. Creighton Prep pulled away for good with four runs in the second inning. In the second an error scored one run for Creighton Prep, Maddux F singled on the first pitch of the at bat, scoring one run, and Rice singled on the first pitch of the at bat, scoring two runs. Creighton Prep scored six runs in the fourth inning. Rice, Max S, Parker M, and Elliot P all moved runners across the plate with RBIs in the inning. #12 was on the hill for Creighton Prep. He surrendered six runs on four hits over six innings, striking out six. Caleb L was on the mound for Millard West JV. He went three innings, allowing nine runs on six hits, striking out three and walking one. Noah R threw two innings in relief. Cade O, Avery M, Ben V, and Tyler M each collected one hit to lead Millard West JV. Maddux went 4-for-4 at the plate to lead Creighton Prep in hits.
4/10 – MW 1 B. WEST 3 - It was a rocky start for the boys soccer team on a very windy night in Bellevue. The team couldn't find any consistency in their attack and were forced to defend early and often after frequent turnovers. It was against the run of play that the Wildcats would actually get an early goal on a ball over the top to sophomore Caden Tubaugh who blasted a shot from 15 yards out on a wide angle that caught a deflection and found the back of the net 17 minutes into the game.The boys held the lead for 15 minutes before conceding the first goal off a free kick into the box that was deflected with a header and into the net. With 6 minutes to go Bellevue West added another on a crossing ball to the back post that was headed back across and into the goal by an attacker. Down 2-1 at half and with a lot to play for in the second half the boys created a few good scoring chances but couldn't find the answers and eventually conceded the third and final goal with 15 minutes to play. For the first time this season the boys lost by 2 or more goals and racked up a number of injuries along the way. The toughest tests lay ahead as some of the strongest opponents of the season make up the final 6 regular season matches. With plenty to prove and a season to save, it's time to see what this team is truly made of.
4/12 – MW 0 WEST DES MOINES 1 - The Wildcat boys saw yet a third game ripped from them this season by a poor decision. The boys were brilliant in their match vs perennial powerhouse Valley (IA) at the Valley Invite in Des Moines. The speed of play, the effort, the movement off the ball and the "Eleven as One" mentality on defense was superb. Millard West rattled off shots early and often with the likes of Daniel Gornell, Braedan Evans and Kolby Fahner all getting looks after a fast start to the match. The addition of Senior Captain Andrew Hall to the back line alongside fellow Senior Captain Danny Zapata made for a formidable center back pairing that, despite being outpaced by incredibly fast forwards from Valley, read the game perfectly and timed their challenges brilliantly. Senior GK Sam Fedde had one of the best nights of long career at MW posting a third clean sheet on the season coming up with some big saves and well timed movements off his line throughout the match.
Neither side could find the back of the net and by tournament rules the match went straight to PKs. Millard West missed the first, then Valley followed with a miss of their own. Millard West converted the second kick and Fedde came up with massive stop on the second only to see the referee blow the whistle and order a retake on the premise that Fedde moved 2 steps off his line. The fact is that Goalkeepers are constantly moving off their line during PK's and this time was no different, for either keeper. To see that call in that moment left all 4 Millard West coaches in disbelief. Valley converted the retake, Millard West made 2 of the final 3 tries and Valley made 3 of 3 to take the win.
The boys learned a lot about their potential and the effort required to play a complete match. The learning outweighs the disappointment but certainly this one moves to the wrong side of the ledger for yet again the wrong reason.
4/13 – MW 8 ANKENY 1 - The Wildcats gave up an early goal in their match vs a top 3 preseason Ankeny (IA) team who was playing their 3rd of 4 games in 24 hours. Then the boys turned it on when Kolby Fahner leveled the game on an assist from Riley Hackbart and GK Sam Fedde. It was Senior Carter Ross who got the game winner with 8 minutes left in the half on a long shot from a wide angle that drifted to the back post and in for his first Varsity goal. Ross would top off a great day with an assist to Junior Daniel Gornell in the second half. Goals from Sophomore Caden Tubaugh, 2 from Senior Captain Braedan Evans, Gornell and 2 from Junior Nader Sharif topped off a furious second half. Seniors Riley Macy and Jacob Mock both registered assists as well as Junior Desmond Marshall. It was a complete performance by the boys who were hungry for a big win. Sam Fedde kept Ankeny out of the goal the rest of the game and Freshman Cody Fuller entered the game with 18 minutes to go to seal the victory 8-1.