Scotties sweep 'Hounds; Allen back in tie for 1st

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

SABETHA -- First the date changed. Then the location changed. Then the Jayhawk Conference-Eastern Division race changed.

After swapping home dates with Highland, the postponement on Saturday's games to Sunday and then the move of those games to Somerset Field in Sabetha, the eighth-place Scotties stunned No. 17-ranked Fort Scott Community College 6-5 and 8-6 in a division doubleheader, which allowed Allen to climb back into a tie for first place with the Greyhounds despite splitting at home against Neosho County on Saturday.

The first-game loss broke Fort Scott's 16-game winning streak. The Greyhounds hadn't lost since suffering a sweep at the hands of Coffeyville to start conference play on March 2.

As a whole, the division race tightened up. A four-game separation between first and fifth places going into the weekend has been closed to two games. Allen (26-7 overall) and Fort Scott (24-7) share first place with 12-4 records and will face each other at Iola Thursday and Lions Field in Fort Scott Saturday. Doubleheaders begin at 1 p.m. each day.

Cowley (11-5, 21-11) swept Coffeyville Saturday and moved from a tie with Johnson County for third place 3 games behind into third by itself just one back. Johnson County (10-6, 22-9) split with ninth-place Independence to fall into a tie for fourth with Kansas City (10-6, 19-11), which swept last-place Labette.

Cowley plays Independence this week, Johnson County faces Labette and KCK will take on Highland. These will also be Thursday-Saturday series.

The Greyhounds scored first in Sunday's opening game when Danny Crews hit a 2-out solo home run in the top of the third inning. Andrew Morrow's 1-out double in the fourth scored Sean Moore to make it 2-0.

Highland (5-11, 12-17) scored 3 in the bottom of the fourth but the 'Hounds got them all back in the top of the fifth. Ben McConnell led off with a single, moved to third on a groundout and scored on a wild pitch to the the score, 3-3. Crews walked, then Quinn Waterbury walked with 2 out. Morrow's double scored both runners to put Fort Scott ahead.

Highland tied the game 5-5 in the bottom of the inning. The Scotties won it in the eighth when Bradley Miller's 2-out single scored Jacob Hanson.

McConnell, Crews and Morrow each had 2 hits for Fort Scott. Stachys McLoud (3-1) was the winning pitcher for Highland, allowing 3 hits and 2 walks while striking out 3 over the final 3 innings.

The 'Hounds again scored first in game two. In the second inning, Moore hit a 2-out triple and scored on Waterbury's double. Waterbury then scored on Mitch Sloan's double. However, the Scotties scored 5 in the bottom of the frame.

Fort Scott added 4 in the top of the third to go up 6-5. Will Baker led off and reached base on a bunt. Crews walked and Brandon Krennerich singled to right, loading the bases for Morrow, who scored Baker and Crews with a double.

Highland changed pitchers but Moore drew a walk to load the bases again. Waterbury grounded out but Krennerich scored to tie the game. Morrow scored the go-ahead run on a groundout.

Highland scored twice in the bottom of the fourth to take a 7-6 lead on a double, two singles and a sacrifice.

Moore and Whitworth were each 2 for 3 for Fort Scott.

Game One

Fort Scott........................ 001 130 00 -- 5 9 0

Highland......................... 000 320 01 -- 6 11 0

Two out when winning run scored.

WP -- McLoud (3-1). LP -- Miller (4-2).

HR -- Fort Scott: Crews (6, 3rd inn., none on, 2 out). Highland: Nagle (2, 4th inn., 1 on, none out).

Game Two

Fort Scott.......................... 024 000 0 -- 6 10 0

Highland............................ 500 201 x -- 8 8 0

WP -- Idol (1-0). LP -- Smith (2-1). Sv. -- McLoud (2).

HR -- None.