Fort Scott swept Saturday's doubleheader 9-4 and 14-4. The Greyhounds dropped game one of Sunday's twinbill 11-9 but won the nightcap 16-6 battling both the Red Devils and the deteriorating weather.
Going into the weekend, Johnson County was the East leader with Fort Scott, Cowley, Neosho County and Labette all tied for second. Over the weekend, Cowley swept Independence to claim the lead for itself at 7-1, 13-6. Johnson County and Labette split and Neosho County split with Coffeyville. The result of that is that Fort Scott (14-5 overall) and Johnson (13-4) are tied for second at 6-2 while Neosho (9-7 overall) and Labette (5-5) are tied for fourth at 5-3.
Next weekend in conference play, Fort Scott visits Neosho, Johnson County goes to Highland and Labette travels to Cowley.
Saturday Game One: Fort Scott 9, Allen County 4.
The 'Hounds scored 6 runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to reclaim the lead. Ten batters went to the plate in the inning.
Corey Stringer singled to left to lead off the inning and Jake Parsons was hit by a pitch. Ryan Sorell's bunt moved the runners over so they could score on Josh Samuelson's single to right, which gave Fort Scott the lead.
Williams was 2 for 4 for the 'Hounds, including a 2-run home run in the first inning. Dylan Banach was 2 for 2, Gavin Stark 2 for 4 and Samuelson 2 for 3. Williams and Samuelson each drove in 3 runs.
Will Kilpatrick was the winning pitcher in relief, allowing 1 hit and 1 walk in 1 2/3 innings. Tim Koons closed out the game with a perfect seventh inning.
Saturday Game Two: Fort Scott 11, Allen County 4.
This time, the 'Hounds took the lead early and held on, scoring 3 in the first and 9 in the second.
Banach was 3 for 4, scoring 4 times. Williams was 2 for 4 with 4 RBI. Stark, Stringer and Parsons each drove in 2 runs.
Left-hander Joey Parrack pitched a complete game, allowing 7 hits and 2 walks while striking out 6.
Sunday Game One: Allen County 11, Fort Scott 9.
The Red Devils (2-6, 4-10) took the lead in the top of the third, scoring 6 runs and also added runs in the fourth and sixth to take an 8-1 lead.
Fort Scott scored 8 in the bottom of the sixth but gave the lead back in the top of the seventh, allowing 3 runs.
Sunday Game Two: Fort Scott 16, Allen County 6.
The game was stopped three times in the late innings as lightning, rain, sleet and wind all played havoc on the proceedings.
The Greyhounds held a 10-2 lead after four innings. But Allen County prevented the run rule from taking effect early with a run in the sixth and 3 in the top of the seventh. Fort Scott scored 6 times in the bottom of the eighth.
Banach was 3 for 5 for Fort Scott, scoring 3 runs and driving in 2. Stringer went 3 for 4 with 4 RBI, three of those scoring on a fourth-inning homer. Stuart Jeck was 2 for 3 and Williams went 2 for 4 with 4 RBI, three of those coming on a first-inning home run.
Chris Mullins pitched the first 5 innings to get the win. He allowed 2 runs on 5 hits and 3 walks while striking out 3.
Allen County. 001 030 0 -- 4 7 1
Fort Scott...... 210 006 x -- 9 13 1
WP -- Kilpatrick. LP -- Wren.
HR -- Fort Scott: Williams (1st inn., one on, one out).
Allen County.. 000 400 0xx -- 4 7 2
Fort Scott.. 390 200 xxx -- 14 11 0
WP -- Parrack. LP -- Fountain.
Allen County. 006 101 3 -- 11 9 x
Fort Scott...... 010 008 0 -- 9 7 x
WP -- Alberts. LP -- Koons. Sv. -- Mickens.
Allen County. 110 001 30x -- 6 11 1
Fort Scott.. 340 300 06x -- 16 11 1
Two out when game ended.
WP -- Mullins. LP -- Spear.
HR -- Allen County: Schell (7th inn., one on, two out). Fort Scott: Williams (1st inn, two on, none out), Stringer (4th inn., two on, two out).