BLUE DEVILS CONTINUE WINNING WAYS
KCKCC continues to climb the KJCCC standings. They are now 2 and 3 games back of Coffeyville and Cowley respectively, both of which KCK holds the tie breaker.
In the opener, Blue Devil starter Geoffrey Birkemeier would continue his reliable ways. He went the distance for his NJCAA leading 8th time this year. Birk's only bump was actually in the opening frame when he allowed 2 runs on 3 hits. He would then pitch out of bases loaded jams in the 2nd and 3rd innings by inducing 2 of his 3 inning ending twin killings. Zane Mapes and Lucas Norton would do all of the scoring for KCK. Both Mapes and Norton would score in the 3rd and then again in the 5th. KCK only had 6 hits off of Scottie pitching but were benefited by 4 free passes and 2 errors.
Game 2 was a bit more offensive. All 9 starters had at least 1 hit a piece as KCK banged out 13 runs on 11 hits. The Blue Devils put up 4 in the first, giving Hunter Phillips all he would need to earn his 8th win of the season, which ranks him second in the Jayhawk East and 8th in the NJCAA. Hunter gave up just 6 hits in 7 innings of work, 2 of which were solo homeruns. He also had a season high 6 strikeouts. Garrett McKinzie led the way for the offense, going 2 for 5 with 3 RBI's and a 2 run homerun.
KCK moves to 22-3 in their last 25 games and 18-12 in the conference. They are in sole possession of 5th place with 6 league games left in the season. The Blue Devils will continue the series with Highland on Saturday, April 18th at 1pm.