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Cleveland's walk-off homer salvages split for FSCC

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Fort Scott Community College left fielder Cody McNeese catches a line drive off the bat of Coffeyville's Adam Valeria in the third inning of the opening game of a doubleheader Friday afternoon. The Greyhounds split the doubleheader, dropping the opener 3-1 but taking the second game 10-9 in eight innings.
(Kenny Felt/Special to the Tribune)
FORT SCOTT -- Caden Cleveland's eighth-inning, 2-run home run gave Fort Scott Community College a 10-9 victory over visiting Coffeyville at Lions Field Friday afternoon, allowing the Greyhounds to salvage a split of a Jayhawk Conference-Eastern Division doubleheader. Coffeyville won the opener 3-1 with all the runs scored in the seventh inning.

"That was a tough one when (the lead) got away from us," Fort Scott head coach John Hill III said. "We gave them both their runs in the seventh. They earned their runs in the eighth. But to come back like that was pretty special. That was something we've been needing for a while."

The Greyhounds, who are fighting to get out of last place in the division, held a 7-5 lead after five innings of the second game. But Coffeyville (14-8 East, 17-20 overall) scored twice in the top of the seventh to tie it and twice more in the eighth.

Fort Scott pitcher Brett Swain throws to a Coffeyville batter during the first game of a doubleheader at Lions Field Friday afternoon. Swain held the Red Ravens scoreless on three hits in the first six innings but the Greyhounds lost the opener 3-1.
(Kenny Felt/Special to the Tribune)
But then the Red Ravens gave the 'Hounds (3-19 East, 18-20 overall) the incentive they needed to fight back. Between halves of the eighth inning, Coffeyville's second baseman threw a warm-up throw wildly into the Fort Scott dugout. It was so far from the first baseman that the Greyhounds suspected it might have been intentional.

On his way to the third-base coaching box for the bottom of the eighth, FSCC head coach John Hill III got into an argument with one of Coffeyville's coaches and the home plate umpire had to separate them. The Coffeyville coach then loudly encouraged his players to, "Shove it up their (edited)."

It was the Greyhounds who obliged with any shoving action. First, Cole Fergus hit a solo homer over the left-field fence with one out. Alex Drew singled to right to keep the inning going. But Raven pitcher Drew Noble struck out Cody Parks on a check swing for the second out. Cleveland then came up and took the pitch the opposite way over the right-field fence for the win. It was his only hit of the day.

Fort Scott third baseman Reyn Sugai throws to first as shortstop Alex Drew looks on during the second game of a doubleheader versus Coffeyville Friday afternoon. The Greyhounds turned two double plays in a 10-9 eight-inning victory.
(Kenny Felt/Special to the Tribune)
Fergus went 3 for 3 at the plate in the opener for Fort Scott, driving in 3 runs. He had an RBI single in the first and a run-scoring double in the fifth. Cody Ball went 3 for 4 while Drew, Reyn Sugai and Zack Steadman each had 2 hits.

Aaron Snow was the winning pitcher in relief. He went 1 2/3 innings, allowing 2 unearned runs on 2 hits. He was the last of three pitchers Hill used in the game and five that worked in the doubleheader.

Noble went the distance for the Ravens, staying in despite allowing 5 runs on 7 hits in the first two innings. He finished with one walk and 2 strikeouts while allowing 13 hits.

The Greyhounds struggles during conference play -- in one stretch, they lost 13 straight Jayhawk Conference games -- have been tied to a lack of offense. The second game was just the sixth in 22 conference contests that they've score more than 2 runs.

"Am I hopeful we got (the offense) straightened out? Yeah," Hill said. "The offense has been OK, except for (Friday's) first game. The second game, we scored, they scored and we bounced back. A lot of times this year, we haven't bounced back but today, we did it multiple times in one game. So hopefully, this becomes a trend instead of an anomaly."

In the bottom of the first inning of the opener, Coffeyville's Cole Webb walked the bases loaded with one out but got out of the jam by striking out the last two batters. He walked just one more the rest of the way.

Pinch-hitter Beau Phillips reached with one out in the bottom of the seventh when the catcher couldn't handle a third strike and threw low to first base. He advanced to third on Drew's double and scored on John Morey's groundout. Webb got Steadman to ground to the mound to end the game.

Webb went the distance, allowing 2 hits -- one to Steadman, the other to Drew -- while striking out 8.

Brett Swain went the first 6 1/3 innings for the Greyhounds, allowing one earned run on 5 hits and 3 walks with 5 strikeouts.

Hill is looking to the second-game victory to give the Greyhounds some momentum going into the last two games of the series -- be they today or postponed to Sunday if it should rain. Fort Scott has yet to win consecutive conference games.

"Momentum's something we haven't had in quite a while," Hill said. "To win in a dramatic fashion like that, I hope it kick starts us. And then hopefully it can be sustained instead of having the fuel run out. Let's keep feeding it and keep it going."

Game One

Coffeyville..... 000 000 3 -- 3 7 1

Fort Scott..... 000 000 1 -- 1 2 1

WP -- Webb. LP -- Swain.

HR -- none.

Game Two

Coffeyville..... 014 000 22 -- 9 10 1

Fort Scott...... 320 020 03 -- 10 13 1

Two out when winning run scored.

WP -- Snow. LP -- Noble.

HR -- Fort Scott: Fergus (8th inn, none on, one out), Cleveland (8th inn, one on, two out).

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