Bat Cats sweep 316 Elite baseball

BY JIM  MISUNAS
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BY JIM MISUNAS
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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