Red Devils open season winning three of four

By JOCELYN SHEETS
Register Sports Editor

Allen County Community College’s Red Devils baseball had a solid first weekend of play for the 2009 season.
The Red Devils split two games against host Bossier Parish Community College in Shreveport, La., on Thursday and Friday. They claimed two victories over Murray State in Tishimingo, Okla., Saturday and Sunday.
Allen County, now 3-1, host Evangel College’s junior varsity for a doubleheader today. The first game was slated for 3 p.m. at Red Devil Field.
Allen County did win its season opener, 5-3, against Bossier Parish. Sophomore Jake Hosey pitched five strong innings, allowing three runs on five hits and two walks. He struck out two batters.
Ben Rister, sophomore, and John Michael Moore, a freshman, each worked a 1-2-3 inning to finish the game. Riser had one strikeout in the sixth and Moore had two strikeouts in the seventh.
Allen County broke open a 2-2 tie with a run in the third inning on a sacrifice fly by Josh Ward. In the fifth, three hits, an error and a sacrifice bunt by William Reddick produced two runs for the Red Devils to break a 3-3 tie.
Dillon Hazlett and Seth Dutton each delivered a single and a double for Allen County. Marcus Peavler hit two singles. Michael Samuel had a base hit.
On Friday, Bossier Parish never trailed and never allowed the Red Devils to get in the game, winning 9-2. Down 4-0, Allen County manufactured a run in the fourth off a double by Hazlett and a sacrifice fly by Ward. Dutton doubled and scored on a single by Reddick. Reddick had two singles in the game.
Sophomore Brandon Faulkner took the pitching loss, going four innings and giving up six runs on four hits, one walk and two hit batters. Danny Shearman, a sophomore, pitched four innings and allowed three runs on six hits and one hit batter. Both pitchers had two strikeouts.
Against Murray State, the Red Devils won the first game 12-2 in seven innings behind the pitching of freshman Mark Thompson. Thompson gave up five hits, walked five batters and notched six strikeouts.
Allen County scored two runs in the third inning but Murray State tied the game up in the fourth. The Red Devils plated four runs in the fifth and six more in the sixth inning.
The Red Devils had a 13-hit attack in the contest. Hazlett went 4-for-5 at the plate with three singles and a double. Bretton Ater and Dutton each had a single and a double. Ward doubled and Steven Bauer tripled. Hitting a single each were Reddick, Samuel and Stefaan Jefferson.
Allen County hammered out 20 hits, including three home runs, in winning a slugfest Sunday with Murray State. Allen County scored five runs in the ninth inning to win 18-16.
With three runs already in tying the game at 16-16, Ward cranked out a two-run home run for Allen County. Earlier in the game, Hazlett and Dutton had back-to-back solo home runs in the sixth. Murray State led 12-6 after three innings and was up 16-10 heading into the fifth frame.
Allen County used six pitchers in the game starting with Matthew Stalcup. He was followed by Zac Chase, Rister, Shearman, Moore and Zach Dodson. The Red Devil pitchers surrendered 12 hits and issued nine walks in the game.
Dutton drove in three runs with his home run and two singles while Peavler had four RBIs on two singles and a triple. Hazlett had a single and a triple along with his home run and Ward had a single.
Reddick produced three base hits and doubled and Ryan Herrig had two singles. Hitting a single each were Ater, Brett Miller and Wyatt Hall.