Tigers dominate Indy; LCHS calls today

Friday, April 25, 2014

Fort Scott High School's baseball team, ranked No. 3 this week in Class 4A-Division I by the Kansas Baseball Coaches Association, swept Independence in Southeast Kansas League play at Lions Field Tuesday night, remaining on top of the league standings following the team's ninth and 10th straight victories.

The Tigers (6-0 SEK, 10-1 overall) won the opener in three innings, 15-0, and took the second game, 7-1.

"First of all, our pitching was outstanding again," Fort Scott head coach Josh Regan said. "Carter Young was very good in game one although he only got to throw three innings. Wyatt Reehl was outstanding in game two. That is his best outing yet by far. Wyatt kept them off-balance with quality off-speed stuff and was spotting up extremely well. He got through 7 innings with only 69 pitches, 48 of which were strikes."

The Tigers scored 10 runs in the first inning of the opener. They scored 3 runs in the second and 2 in the third. Fort Scott had 13 hits, 3 by Mason Knopp and 2 each by Jake Durosssette, Zach Denton, Chase Brown and Alex Fink. Durossette and Denton drove in 3 runs each while Brown and Kaleb DeLaTorre each drove in 2.

Young (3-0) allowed 2 hits and 3 walks while striking out 3.

Independence (0-4, 1-8), which has lost seven straight, didn't score in the sec ond game until the top of the seventh inning. Reehl (2-0) allowed 4 hits, didn't walk anyone and struck out 3 as he went all 7 innings on the hill.

"Wyatt is so unselfish," Regan said. "I know he isn't playing as much as he would like in the outfield but all we get from him is a great attitude and willingness to do whatever is asked of him every night. What a great teammate.

"Knopp deserves some credit for out pitchers' success too-. He called two great games and is so good at framing it back there."

Knopp, who belted a double and a triple, and Jacob Payne had 2 hits each. DeLaTorre ad Jake Bradbury each scored twice. The Tigers needed only 6 hits as they capitalized on 6 Independence errors.

"We were very good at the plate again tonight," Regan said. "I thought we were really aggressive and that did a lot for us. Our defense was again very good- Jake Durossette and Alex Fink both made some really nice plays for us.

"Overall, we are just playing really well right now, and with our upcoming schedule we had better be. All of the remaining teams on our schedule are quality ballclubs and have the ability to beat us if we don't play well."

The Tigers host Labette County this afternoon at 4:30 at Lions Field. Monday at the same time and place, the Tigers will face Paola, ranked No. 2 in 4A-I by the KBCA.

Game One

Independence.. 000 xxx x -- 0 2 2

Fort Scott..... (10)32 xxx x -- 15 13 0

One out when game ended.

WP -- Young (3-0). LP -- Zinn.

HR -- None.

Game Two

Independence. 000 000 1 -- 1 4 6

Fort Scott........... 203 002 x -- 7 6 2

WP -- Reehl (2-0). LP -- Dunn.

HR -- None.