ACCC baseball team sweeps KCK

By JOCELYN SHEETS
Register Sports Editor

Register/Jocelyn Sheets
Allen County Community College’s Ryan Herrig (11) has his eyes on the baseball as he swings in Saturday’s game against visiting Kansas City, Kan., Community College. The Red Devils rallied to win 10-7 in the first game then made it a sweep with a 7-1 victory in the second contest.

Things didn’t look good for Allen County Community College’s baseball team Saturday. The Red Devils were booting the ball around defensively and starter David Ormiston was struggling.
That all changed after visiting Kansas City, Kan., Community College took a 6-0 lead. The Red Devils offense got the team back in the game with four runs in the third.
Ormiston settled in on the mound to give up just one more hit — nine in all — in the next three innings. The Red Devil defense did the same and only had one more error the rest of the contest.
The Red Devils rallied to win 10-7 in the opener Saturday. They cruised to a 7-1 victory in the second game.
It was their next-to-last Jayhawk Eastern Division doubleheader. They have a makeup twin bill against Neosho County Community College of Chanute today.
As of late this morning, the Red Devils were working on making Red Devil Field playable. The start time had been moved to 5 o’clock.
“They really want to get this one in today because playoffs start this weekend,” said Randy Weber, ACCC athletic director.
With the sweep of Kansas City, the Red Devils improved to 23-11 in conference play and in third place. Neosho County sits in fourth at 21-13. Allen County is 31-15 overall while Neosho County is 26-22.
A walk by Kyle Linnebur started the comeback for ACCC Saturday. Wyatt Hall followed with a single then Bretton Ater tripled to drive in both runs. Marcus Peavler’s ground-out plated a run and Dillon Hazlett delivered a solo home run.
In the fourth inning, Linnebur singled but was out on a fielder’s choice by Hall. Hall stole second base and Ater walked. Allen County used a double steal to put Hall at third and Peavler drove in the run on a sacrifice fly to right field.
Hall doubled and Ater drew another walk to start the sixth inning. Hazlett put the Red Devils on top for good with a three-run home run. Seth Dutton and William Reddick were on base when Ryan Herrig doubled and both scored.
Kansas City scored a run in the seventh. Ormiston left in the seventh inning but got the win. He had six strikeouts.
John Michael Moore, Zach Dodson and Ben Rister had turns on the mound in the final inning to close the door.
Hazlett had two home runs while Ater hit a single and a triple. Dutton and Hall each had a single and a double. Reddick cranked out three singles. Herrig doubled and Linnebur singled.
Mark Thompson posted his fourth win of the season as the Red Devils’ starter of the second game. He went 5 1/3 innings giving up one run on two hits, five walks and a hit batter. He struck out six batters.
Moore and Benjamin Pearson pitched in relief.
Allen County used long ball in the second game. Dutton opened the second inning with a solo shot over the left field fence. Danny White was hit by a pitch and scored on a wild pitch following a single by Michael Samuel.
Peavler doubled in the third and scored on a two-run homer to left-center by Hazlett. Dutton followed with another solo shot to left-center. With two gone, Reddick doubled and scored on a single by White.
Up 6-1, the Red Devils produced one more run in the fifth. Hazlett doubled, stole third and scored on a ground-out by Dutton.
Other hits in the game were a single each by Herrig and Hall.