Red Devils dominate at home

By JOCELYN SHEETS
Register Sports Editor

Register/Jocelyn Sheets
Allen County Community College’s Ryan Herrig (7) slides hard into third base and is safe when the Evangel University junior varsity’s third baseman Brad Sturdefant (21) drops the baseball. Allen County had a strong home opener Wednesday beating the Evangel JV 10-0 and 16-0.

On a picture-perfect day, Allen County Community College’s Red Devils were dominating in their home opening baseball doubleheader.
Sophomore pitchers Jake Hosey and Brandon Faulk-ner provided strong outings on the mound for the Red Devils Wednesday. Allen County swept visiting Evangel University’s junior varsity to go 5-1 on the season.
“We really had a good day of complete baseball,” said Val McLean, ACCC head coach. “Jake and Brandon both threw well and we only had one error in the two games so our defense was solid.
“And we hit the ball a ton. We’re excited about the start we’ve had to the season.”
Behind the one-hit pitching of Hosey, Allen County beat Evangel’s junior varsity 10-0 in five innings. Hosey struck out seven batters while allowing a single in a complete game performance.
The Red Devil defense played perfectly behind Hosey. Allen County’s batters had seven hits to drive in their 10 runs.
After taking a 2-0 lead in the first, the Red Devils scored five runs in the second inning. Allen County had four hits in the inning plus a walk and two fielder’s choices.
The Red Devils added a run in the fourth and two more in the fifth to get the run-rule victory.
Seth Dutton drove in two runs on a single and a double and Dillon Hazlett had a single and two RBIs. Marcus Peavler hit two singles. William Reddick doubled and Wyatt Hall singled.
Faulkner went 5 2/3 innings in winning the second game. He allowed a single and a triple in the shutout. He struck out four batters.
John Michael Moore, ACCC’s closer, came in to finish the game. He had one strikeout. Allen County pitchers did not issue a walk in either game.
Allen County’s hitters took over in the second game pounding out 14 hits. Four of those hits were home runs.
Josh Ward cranked out a three-run home run to highlight a nine-run second inning for ACCC. Then in the third, Ward followed Dutton’s solo home run with a solo shot of his own.
Allen County was up 14-0 after five innings. Hazlett’s two-run home run in the sixth closed the door. Hazlett also had a single and a triple in the game.
Bretton Ater and Stefaan Jefferson each had a double and Connor McCrite hit a triple. Hitting a single each were Peavler, Dutton, Reddick, Michael Schell and Michael Samuel.
“We’ll see better pitchers but hitting is hitting. We’re swinging the bats pretty well,” McLean said.
Allen County hosts Brown Mackie Tuesday for a doubleheader starting at 3 p.m. It hosts Butler Community College next Thursday for a single nine-inning contest at 3 p.m.