FORT SCOTT – Six-run innings would be the story of the day when the Cloud County Community College baseball team would allow a six-run bottom of the sixth in a 9-7 loss before breaking out for six races at the top of the first in game two for to earn a 13-3 win and share a double header on the way to Fort Scott Community College at LaRoche Baseball Complex in Fort Scott on Friday.
With the split, the T-Birds ended their opening week with a total record of 1-2, while the Greyhounds take the series in the season opening week to improve to 2-1 overall.
Cloud County would not waste time getting on the board in Friday’s opening that Jaden parsons would hit a one-out triple before being run into on one Ian Riley single to give the CCCC an early lead over the Greyhounds. T-Bird starter jug Kolby Dougan will then keep Fort Scott scoreless in each of the first two innings, as Cloud County would not be able to increase the lead in the second to keep the score 1-0 in favor of the T-Birds.
After a one-two-three top on the third of the CCCC, the Greyhounds would be able to put together a two-out rally in the bottom half of the inning by putting their third runner of the game aboard two-hole batter Jakob Machuca who would blew up a two-run homer to give Fort Scott its first lead of the day.
At the top of the fourth, Cloud County would see each of the first four spheres in the inning range base that Garrett turns red and Williams camacho-soto would both singlet while Trevor Stevens and Jack Correll would reach the base by being hit by squares. Camacho-Soto’s single would run in Redden to tie things at 2-2, as the two-on-no-out situation would be limited to just one run.
An outstanding solo house run by Fort Scott would allow the Greyhounds to take the lead again before going to the fifth inning, but the CCCC would eventually break through for a skewed number as the T-Birds would take advantage of four trips and one hit the batter on top of the fifth to put up three races and take a 5-3 lead.
Dougan would then be relieved on the mound after giving up a one-out double that Javier cruz would be asked to try to get out of a potential paper jam and keep the CCCC on top. Grand Island, a Nebraska native, wanted to do just that by giving up a single to the first batter he faced before going on strike and hitting to end the inning and keep the lead at two for Cloud County.
Back-to-back singles of Noah olson and Parsons to lead the top of the sixth would put two on without outs for the T-Birds as the CCCC would add a couple of insurance runs to take its biggest lead of the game at 7-3. Things would fall apart for Cloud County at the bottom of the sixth, but as a home run for Fort Scott would be part of a six-run burst as the Greyhounds would take advantage of six hits and two trips to go up 9-7 heading. to the seventh and final round. Need two races to expand the game, T-Birds would see Willie Ponce pull a leadoff walk before the back-to-back strike and a flyout ended the match.
After finishing with three hits, Parsons also wanted to score three of Cloud County’s seven races in the competition, with CCCC’s four top scorers in the lineup accounting for seven of the eight hits. Redden would be the lone second T-Bird with several hits while Camacho-Soto would drive in two as part of a one-to-three bet on the plate.
Dougan wanted to end the match by throwing 4.1 innings and letting three runs on three hits and knocking out four on 71 total courses. Cruz would throw a little over one inning, throw in 1.1 innings and allow two runs on four hits while Sanders would end the game and take the loss after giving up two runs in a third inning.
The offense would come alive in a big way in game two, as the T-Birds would see six of the first seven balls they would send to the plate collect a hit as part of a 10-batter, six-run top of the first inning. . Fort Scott would get a run at the bottom of the first before seeing a pointless second half hold things on a 6-1 CCCC lead that went to the third.
Cloud County would then be retired in order at the top of the third as the Greyhounds would add a couple of runs at the bottom of the inning to return within three courses to the fourth. Neither team would see any races come over in the fourth, but T-Bird would get the two races they surrendered in the second back on a two-run fifth inning, in part thanks to a fallen third strike, two trips and two hits in at a time. Another insurance race will be added to the top of the sixth of Cloud County, as the CCCC will then hit four races in the seventh for a good goal to run away with the 10-race winner.
Correll would finish the match with three hits on four bats with two RBIs and one race scored while Riley would run in three and score twice. Three of Cloud County’s 10 hits in the game will go for extra bases while also pulling eight trips to just five strikes.
Three pitchers would combine the victory as Aaron Hayes would go three innings in a starting role and knock out four while giving up three runs on two hits while Jarod Leroux and Patrick kennedy would throw the last four rounds of work and not give up a single race. As a staff, the CCCC would knock out nine in the competition and limit the Greyhounds to just four hits after giving up a total of 16 in the first two games of the series.
Cloud County is ready to take its longest road trip of the year next weekend, as the T-Birds travel to Weatherford, Texas to take Weatherford College and Galveston College from Thursday.