Bat Cats sweep 316 Elite baseball

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Wichita 316 Elite, a baseball workforce that includes graduating highschool seniors, pushed the Nice Bend Bat Cats in Sunday’s doubleheader at Lawson-Biggs Discipline. Elite featured Nice Bend 5A all-staters Chayse Gruber and Paco Hernandez.


The Bat Cats (4-1, 2-0) battled to comb the Sunflower Collegiate League doubleheader 9-5 and 3-2 in video games that went right down to the seventh inning. Bat Cats coach Roger Ward performed two completely different 9-man battling lineups.

BAT CATS 9, ELITE 5 (G1) – Bat Cats reliever Cade McWilliams escaped a bases-loaded menace by retiring Justin Stephens on a 6-4-3 double play dealt with by shortstop Drew Amaral and second baseman Colter Maldanado to finish the sport. Starter David Stuart (1-0) struck out seven batters in 5 hard-fought innings.

Simon Larranaga led an 8-hit assault with a 2-run single and RBI double that scored Connor Allen for a beneficial sixth-inning insurance coverage run. Allen delivered RBI singles within the third and fourth innings.


JoJo Nieves and Si Schumacher produced sacrifice flies within the second and fifth innings. Amaral tripled dwelling Schumacher and Kyle Gates tripled dwelling Amaral in a 3-run fourth inning. Gates scored on Allen’s single.

The Elite’s Braden Horn drilled a 2-run double to ignite a 4-run third inning. Hernandez singled dwelling Landon Heim and Horn scored on a wild pitch. Gruber doubled twice and scored on Aiden Doty’s fifth-inning groundball. Stuart struck out Stephens and Epp to strand a baserunner.


BAT CATS 3, ELITE 2 (G2) – Elite’s ultimate mistake proved essential. Sparkplug Alex Rodgers scored the game-winning run when Bodi Waller’s infield single slid underneath Landon Heim’s glove for a game-ending error.

Rodgers walked and stole second base and not using a throw. Heim would’ve prevented Rodgers from scoring had he gloved the baseball and saved the ball within the infield.


Bat Cats reliever George Austin (1-0) retired six consecutive batters and struck out the aspect within the seventh inning. Starter Sprint Albus struck out seven batters and yielded one earned run in 5 stable innings.

Colby Christian tripled and scored on a second-inning wild pitch for a 1-0 Bat Cats lead. Elite’s Tytin Goebel doubled and scored on Chayse Gruber’s fifth-inning groundball.

Elite led 2-1 when Justin Stephens scored on Goebel’s sixth-inning groundball. Albus labored out of hassle after dedicated a throwing error on Tyler Epp’s groundball. Albus struck out Blake Coss and retired Goebel and Heim on back-to-back forceouts.

Christian’s velocity manufactured a sixth-inning run. He stole second base after being hit-by-a-pitch. He sped to 3rd base on Kaithen Malone’s fly ball and scored on Matthew Howell’s fly ball for a 2-2 tie.

316 Elite 004 010 0 – 5 6 2

Bat Cats 211 311 x – 9 8 1 

Gruber, Doty (3), Hernandez (4), Stephens (6) and Horn. Stuart, McWilliams (6) and Allen. W–Stuart 1-0. L–Doty, 0-1.. 2B–Elite–Gruber 2; GB–Larranaga. 3B–GB–Amaral, Gates.

316 Elite 000 110 0 – 2 2 4

Bat Cats 010 001 1 – 3 4 2

Thomson, Turner (5), Stephens (7) and. Epp. Albus, Austin (6) and Fahrlander. W–Austin, 1-0. L–Stephens, 0-1.  2B–Elite–Goebel. 3B–GB–Christian.

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