The No. 6-ranked Cowley College baseball team salvaged the final game of a four-game series against Kansas City with an 18-1 romp Saturday at City Ball Park.
The Tigers were swept in Thursday’s twinbill in Kansas City, Kan., and dropped Saturday’s opener 9-8.
“I am glad we finished on a positive note, but really one bad inning kind of spoiled the whole day,” Cowley coach Darren Burroughs said. “We made a lot of mental mistakes that we will use as teachable moments.”
The Tigers (11-7, 1-3 Jayhawk East) fell behind 9-0 after 1 1/2 innings in the opener.
Carson Orton, who is coming off a redshirt season due to injury, allowed two runs in the first inning before Boston Down was tagged for seven runs in the second. The big blow of the inning came when Trey Hoover connected on a three-run homer for the Blue Devils (13-4, 3-1).
Sophomore Cade Stephens homered to put the Tigers on the board in the bottom of the second and relievers Cole Carlton, Cameron Allen and Cole Miller tossed five innings of hitless relief to give the Tigers a chance to come back.
Chance Parker hit a two-run single in the bottom of the fourth to make the score 9-3.
The Tigers then scored five runs with the aid of four Kansas City errors in the bottom of the fifth to pull to within 9-8, but stranded runners at first and third in the bottom of the seventh.
The Tigers let out some frustration in the final game of the series by scoring in every inning. Corbin Lill and Kade Self had two-run hits in a nine-run fourth.
Blaze Brothers and Gus Freeman had three hits apiece, while Lill, Michelle Artzberger and Self each drove in three runs.
Sophomore transfer Christopher Goldston (1-0) allowed only one run in four innings to earn the win. Fellow sophomore Hunter O’Toole finished off the victory with three scoreless innings. O’Toole allowed only one hit, while striking out five and walking only one.
“Both Christopher and Hunter showed improvement, which they should because they are older kids,” Burroughs said.
Josiah Crowley took the loss for Kansas City. The Right-hander lasted only two innings, giving up seven hits and five runs.
The Tigers play a single game at 3 p.m. today at Hutchinson. The Dragons (13-6) are coming off a disappointing four-game sweep at the hands of Barton.
“Both teams will be trying to get back on track,” Burroughs said. “We are going to keep moving full speed ahead.”
KCK 9, Cowley 8 — Game 1
Cowley 18, KCK 1 — Game 2