Tigers make statement with sweep

Cowley College freshman infielder Grady Davenport had five hits in the second game of Friday’s Jayhawk East doubleheader against Neosho County in Chanute. Davenport also stroked a two-run single in the top of the fourth inning of the Tigers’ five-run fourth inning of the opener.


CHANUTE — The Cowley College baseball team pounded out 39 hits in a dominating doubleheader sweep Friday at No. 13-ranked Neosho County.

The Tigers won the opener 10-3 before taking the nightcap 16-5.

Cowley (12-6, 7-1 East) took three of four games in the series.

The Panthers (12-3, 5-3) entered the series with an 11-0 record.

Cowley hit five home runs in the twinbill.

"It was a good day for us and was fun to watch," Cowley coach Dave Burroughs said. "We are still trying to find all the pieces to the puzzle, but think we are getting closer."

Batting in the first two spots of the order, freshman shortstop Devin Beard and sophomore center fielder Kea'von Edwards each went 3 for 5 with a home run and combined for five runs and three runs batted in during the opener.

Beard put the Tigers on the board with a solo home run in the top of the third inning, while Edwards blasted a two-run shot in a three-run fifth.

Grady Davenport's two-run single highlighted a five-run fourth inning for the Tigers that helped blow the game open.

Brannon Jordan (4-1) went all seven innings on the mound and struck out 11 without issuing a walk.

"It always starts on the mound and Brannon set the tone for us and allowed our offense to settle in," Burroughs said.

Joe Todd (1-1) took the loss for Neosho County after being tagged for nine hits and six runs in four innings.

The Tigers picked up where they left off, scoring four runs in the first inning of the nightcap. They added four in the second, four in the third and three more in the fourth inning to lead 15-2.

Sophomore third baseman Kevin Rolon hit a solo home run leading off the second and freshman left fielder Alex Peterson added a two-run blast later in the inning.

Beard hit his second home run of the twinbill in the fourth inning, and sophomore catcher Dalton Dinkel got in on the fun with a solo home run in the top of the seventh.

Peterson went 4 for 5 with six RBI and now has 39 RBI in 18 games. Davenport went 5 for 5 with three runs. Peterson is now batting .458, while Davenport raised his average to .415.

Edwards went 4 for 4 to raise his average to .392 and now leads the team with four home runs.

Sophomore Braden Minor (3-1) earned the win, allowing nine hits and two runs in 4 2/3 innings.

Neosho County's Brandon Anderson (2-1) allowed nine hits and eight runs in two innings.

The Tigers were slated to play one game Tuesday at home against Pratt (8-11, 3-5 Jayhawk West).

Cowley 10, Neosho Co. 3 – Game 1


Neosho Co.0010011–351


Cowley 16, Neosho Co. 5 – Game 2


Neosho Co.0201011–5110

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