Red Devils blast Grizzlies

Register Sports Editor

Register/Jocelyn Sheets
A welcoming committee waits for Dillon Hazlett as he steps on home plate after hitting a grand slam for Allen County Community College Thursday. Hazlett’s home run put the Red Devils on the scoreboard and helped them defeat visiting Butler Community College 12-5 in one nine-inning game at Red Devil Field.

It all started with a two-out walk. It ended with a four-run blast over the right field fence.
Allen County Community College’s Red Devils had watched the visiting Butler Community College Grizzlies hit a pitch over the fence in the first inning. It provided the Grizzlies with a 3-0 lead.
Sophomore Dillon Hazlett and company changed that in the bottom of the third inning. Stefaan Jefferson worked his way on base with a walk.
Bretton Ater was hit by a pitch then Marcus Peavler showed patience at the plate for a base-on-balls. On the first pitch he saw, Hazlett cranked out a grand slam to right field.
Allen County had taken the lead. And though the Grizzlies went back out in front the next inning on a home run, the Red Devils pulled even then rolled to a 12-5 win in a nine-inning contest here Thursday.
With the prevailing winds blowing out from home plate throughout the contest, there were four home runs hit in the game.
Marc Waldron and J.C. Ochoca each had two-run shots for Butler. Waldron’s came in that three-run first inning. Ochoca connected in the fourth to put his team back in front 5-4.
Allen County tied the game in the fifth when Ater walked and Peavler singled. With two out, Josh Ward walked to load the bases and William Reddick was hit by a pitch to force in the run.
The Red Devils had a five-run sixth to take the lead for good. They used four hits and took advantage of two more Butler-issued walks.
Doubles by Ater and Peavler produced a run in the seventh. With one out in the eighth, Brett Miller added a solo home run to his RBI double.
Matthew Stalcup picked up his first win of the season. He pitched two scoreless and hitless innings while walking one and striking out two. He was the third of five pitchers used in the game by ACCC.
Danny Shearman started and went two innings, giving up three runs on three hits and had one strikeout. Mark Thompson worked two innings, allowing two runs on three hits, hit one batter and struck out three.
David Ormiston took over in the seventh inning. He walked two in two-thirds of an inning. John Michael Moore came on to finish the final 2 1/3 innings. He allowed one hit and struck out four.
Peavler had two singles and a double for ACCC. Ater had a single and a double and Seth Dutton had two singles. Ward and Michael Samuel each hit a single.
Allen County improved to 8-1. The Red Devils open Jayhawk Eastern Division play Saturday at Neosho County in Chanute.