State Fair Baseball Sweeps Metro Wolves At Home
SFCC swept a pair of Region 16 contests by scores of 7-0 and 3-2 in eleven innings against the Metropolitan Community College Wolves from Kansas City on April 25.
In game one, Lufft had three hits, including a pair of doubles and a run scored. Bradford had two hits, one of which was a double. He scored a run and drove in two. Pannier also contributed two hits, scored twice and drove in a run. Jones added a double and three runs batted in. Freshman infielder Brett Holden also drove in a run.
Sophomore pitcher Logan Bexten got the start on the mound for the Roadrunners. He pitched six innings. He scattered six hits and struck out nine in a seven inning contest. Sophomore pitcher Kaleb Kauffman pitched the final inning to close out the game.
The Roadrunners honored their sophomores between games of the doubleheader.
Runs were hard to come by in the second game. Bradford had a pair of hits, including a double and scored what would prove to be the game-tying run in the bottom of the ninth inning. Lufft had a hit and a run batted in. Sophomore infielder Kyle Clark had a pair of hits, including a double, which started the rally in the bottom of the 11th inning.
Clark was lifted for a pinch runner, freshman outfielder Mason Sanders who scored the game-winning run courtesy of a hit from Ford, which whistled down the third base line to give SFCC the victory. The walk-off hit was just one on four hits for Ford in game two, one of which was a home run to get the scoring started the bottom of the fifth inning.
Sophomore pitcher Bill Cain got the start on the mound for SFCC. He pitched seven and two- thirds innings. He scattered six hits. Cain allowed one run and struck out seven. SFCC got good work out of the bullpen from Morrow, freshman pitcher Austin Brooks and sophomore pitcher Caleb Jonas. Jonas pitched the final inning to earn the victory in relief and set up the walkoff heroics. He struck out two batters.
"We hit the ball well in the first game," said Kindle. "We played good all-around baseball. We got a solid performance from Bexten. I thought in the second game we got a little complacent. Our pitchers pitched out of a lot of jams in game two. Our pitching staff gave us the opportunity to win the game at the end."
--David Rohrbach, SFCC Athlettics