Softball – Wed, Feb. 19, 2020 at 12:15 AM
KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Starting their 2020 season off on the right foot, the Baker softball team swept Park University on Tuesday, run-ruling the Pirates 8-0 in game one before defeating them 12-6 in game two.
Makayla Akin got her first start as a Wildcat on Tuesday, throwing a complete game shutout. In five innings of pitching, Akin collected six strikeouts and allowed just two hits.
After a scoreless top of the first inning for Park, Baker was able to get a run on a single up the middle from Stromenger. Again in the second inning, Baker was able to plate another run, scoring from second on a bunt single from Lowrance to give Baker a 2-0 lead.
Baker then broke the game open in the bottom of the third, scoring three runs on three hits and two errors to extend their lead to 5-0 just three innings into the game.
With two outs in the bottom of the fourth inning, Stromenger just missed a home run as the ball bounced off the top of the fence. Stromenger still hustled out of the box and made her way to third for a triple. Riley Swickard then stepped to the plate and singled to left-center, scoring a run and giving Baker a 6-0 lead.
After a 1-2-3 inning for the Pirates in the top of the fifth, Baker was able to score one run on a single from Jazzmine Thorpe and one more on a bases loaded walk to give the Wildcats an 8-0 win in game one.
Zoe Brewer then got called to the circle for game two, throwing all seven innings and coming away with her first win of the season.
Baker was able to pick up right where they left off from game one. In the top of the first inning, the Wildcats were able to score five runs on five hits and one error to take a 5-0 lead. Park then got on the board for the first time on the day in the top of the second, scoring two runs to cut the lead to 5-2.
Baker responded with one run in the bottom of the second on a single from Swickard, pushing Baker’s lead back to 6-2. Park added two more runs in the top of the third to cut the lead to just two, but Baker put up three runs in the bottom half of the third inning, giving Baker a commanding 9-4 lead.
With Park looking to make a comeback, the Pirates added one run in the top of the fifth, but just like every other time, the Wildcats responded with three runs of their own in the fifth inning to lead 12-5.
Park was able to get one run in the seventh, but Brewer then buckled down to get a pop-out and a lineout to give Baker their second win of the day, 12-6.
The Wildcats begin the season with a 2-0 record and will be back in action on Feb. 21-22 when they travel to Conway, Ark., to compete in the CBC Meltdown. The Wildcats will take on No. 3 Oklahoma City to begin the weekend at 5 p.m., on the Feb. 21.
Published at Wed, 19 Feb 2020 06:15:00 +0000
Baseball – Mon, Feb. 17, 2020 at 9:30 PM
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Splitting both days of the tournament, the Baker baseball team finished the 2020 Rube Foster Classic with a record of 2-2.
The Wildcats picked up wins over (RV) Tabor on Sunday and Olivet Nazarene on Monday, but fell to Bethany College and Missouri Baptist.
To begin the weekend, the Wildcats battled with (RV) Tabor College. Ryker Johnson took to the mound to try to get the Wildcats off to a strong start. Johnson allowed two runs within the first three innings as Tabor led 2-0. In the top of the fifth inning, Kyle Klomfahs was called off the bench to pinch-hit with a runner on first base and two outs.
After one ball, Klomfahs crushed a no-doubt home run over the left field wall, to score two runs and tie the game at two.
Johnson then threw three more scoreless innings before handing the ball over to Brandon Gomer. Gomer then pitched the eighth ninth and tenth without giving up a run. In the top of the 11th inning, Martin Radosevic doubled to left to begin the inning. After a wild pitch moved him to third, a single from Dillon Prokop scored a run and gave Baker a 3-2 lead. A few batters later, a balk scored one more run giving Baker a 4-2 lead heading to the bottom of the 11th inning.
Gomer was able to buckle down and sat down the Bluejays in order in the bottom of the 11th, giving Baker the 4-2 win.
Baker then finished off their Sunday schedule with a matchup with Bethany College. Baker was able to get a run across in just the first inning on a double steal, giving Baker an early 1-0 lead.
Both teams were then scoreless until the fifth inning, when Bethany was able to get two runs to take a 2-1 lead. Baker was able to tie the game in the bottom of the sixth on an error, but the Swedes added one more run in the top of the seventh to win the game, 3-2.
Baker then started Saturday with another extra inning game with Olivet Nazarene. Baker scored first once again in the bottom of the second on a double from Jared Parenti. OVU then came back and tied the game in the top of the third, but Baker quickly regained the lead on a fielder’s choice in the bottom of the third, 2-1.
After Olivet Nazarene tied the game once again in the fourth, Baker was able to score one run in the fifth. In the top of the sixth, OVU was able to score two runs and grab their first lead of the game. After Baker tied the game in the sixth on another fielder’s choice, both teams went three innings without scoring.
Jared Parenti then singled to begin the 10th inning. After stealing second and moving to third on a sac-bunt from Jacob Sula, a single from Trevor McCracken scored the run, giving Baker a walk-off 5-4 win.
Finishing off the tournament, Missouri Baptist was able to score six runs within the first five innings, as they held a 6-0 lead with just two innings to play. Baker was able to score two runs in the sixth and one run in the seventh, but Missouri Baptist scored one in the sixth to hold on and defeat Baker, 7-3.
On the season the Wildcats are 3-7. They will be back in action on Feb. 22, when they host York College at Sauder Field for a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m.
Published at Tue, 18 Feb 2020 03:30:00 +0000