ACCC baseball team wins two

By JOCELYN SHEETS
Register Sports Editor

HIGHLAND — Josh Ward cranked out his seventh, eighth and ninth home runs in a two-game sweep Sunday by Allen County Community College Red Devils.
Ward planted a two-run shot over the right field fence in an 8-6 victory over host Highland Community College. The Red Devils had to play two extra innings to get the win.
Ward connected for another first-inning home run in the second game. Seth Dutton had driven in a run on a single then Ward went over the center field fence for a three-run shot. Allen County went on to win 14-7.
His team-leading ninth home run was a solo shot to right-center field in the fifth. That came after teammate Dillon Hazlett broke a 6-6 tie with a two-run homer over the right-center field fence in the fourth.
Allen County wasn’t done with the long ball yet. In a five-run sixth inning, Stefaan Jefferson unloaded on a 3-2 pitch for his first home run of the season. It was a three-run shot to right field.
Allen County improved to 17-11 in Jayhawk Eastern Division play and 25-15 overall. The Red Devils did not play at home Saturday because of wet field conditions.
The Red Devils moved their doubleheader with Fort Scott to Wednesday. First pitch is at 4 p.m.
Allen County canceled its Tuesday doubleheader with Brown Mackie.
The Red Devils were up 4-2 after the second inning of the first game at Highland. Highland scored two in the sixth to tie it.
In the ninth inning, Ryan Herrig singled and Wyatt Hall reached on an error. Bretton Ater singled in a run the Hazlett drew a walk. With the bases loaded, Dutton doubled to drive in three runs.
Highland scored twice in the bottom of the ninth but was stopped short of a comeback.
Reliever John Michael Moore pitched two shutout innings to get the win. He walked two and struck out two. Danny Shearman pitched the seventh, allowing two runs on one hit and had one strikeout.
Starter Mark Thompson went 2 2/3 innings, giving up two runs on three hits and three walks and had one strikeout. Ben Rister pitched 3 1/3 innings and gave up two runs on six hits and one walk while striking out three. Zach Dodson gave up a hit and walked one.
Ater had two singles and a double while Dutton singled and doubled. Ward had the home run and William Reddick doubled. Kyle Linnebur and Herrig each had a single.
In the second game, David Ormiston got the pitching win as he went six innings. He surrendered seven runs on seven hits and three walls, hit one batter and struck out three. Benjamin Pearson gave up a hit and two walks in a third of an inning and Dodson had one strikeout in two-thirds of an inning.
Hazlett, who had his sixth home run of the season, also had two single. Ward had a single along with two homers. Dutton hit three singles and Herrig had a double and two singles. Michael Samuel doubled.