OFFENSIVE EXPLOSION CARRIES KCKCC TO 3rd CONFERENCE SWEEP OF THE YEAR
26 Runs on 34 Hits with 8 2B's, 5 HR's and 24 RBI's on the day. KCKCC's hitters had their most productive day of the season to finish off a four game sweep over Labette Community College in Parsons, KS on Saturday.
In the opener EJ Merlo would surrender runs in each of the first four innings. He was clinging to a 3 run lead heading into the bottom of the 6th when he recorded two quick outs via Labette's 8 and 9 hole hitters. After back to back singles, EJ would turn the game over to Hunter Phillips for the 4 out save. But, 3 hits later KCK looked up to see their 3 run lead become a two run deficit.
The Blue Devils began their scoring in the 3rd after a lead-off single by Zane Mapes, Lucas Norton's 13th hit-by-pitch of the season and a Garrett McKinzie base on balls. Zane would score on a wild pitch and then Christian Arnold would drive in 2 of his 5 RBI's on the day. Daniel LaMunyon would then drive in Arnold with a 2 out double of his own.
After relinquishing the lead the Devils had zero panic in their approach in the 7th. LaMunyon would single to open the inning and Eric Hinostroza would then drive the next pitch over the right-field wall to tie the game. Hunter Phillips would set the Cardinals quietly in the bottom half that led to the Blue Devil explosion. In the top of the 8th KCK would bang out 9 runs on 6 hits and 3 free passes. McKinzie delivered the crushing blow by hitting a towering, 3 run homerun on a 2 strike offering. Phillips earned his 7th win on the season as 6 KCK hitters had multiple hits in the game. McKinzie, Arnold and Hinostroza all homered and Arnold and Norton had 5 and 4 RBI's respectively.
KCKCC continued its offensive ways in Game 2. Starter Jonathan May threw his first collegiate complete game. He was only in trouble once, in the third inning he surrendered a lead-off homerun and an RBI triple that gave Labette a 3-1 lead. But, the Blue Devils bats would quickly come to Jon's rescue. McKinzie would lead off the 4th with a walk and then Arnold would erase the Cardinal's lead with one swing, belting his 2nd homerun of the day. Tanner Thibodeau singled, Daniel LaMunyon doubled and Eric Hinostroza would give the Devils the lead for good with a 2 RBI single.
The wins move KCK into sole possession of 5th place with a conference record of 16-12, 25-17 overall.