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  • Fans at Cheryl Stice Field saw a little bit of everything during the Tuesday night doubleheader sweep of Coffeyville by Pittsburg, 9-8 and 8-3.

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  • Fans at Cheryl Stice Field saw a little bit of everything during the Tuesday night doubleheader sweep of Coffeyville by Pittsburg, 9-8 and 8-3.
    In the first game, Pittsburg head coach Mary Packard took a fall after slugger Chelsea Williams smashed a foul ball over her general vicinity, Coffeyville scored eight runs on two hits and seven runs in the seventh inning on one hit and one Pittsburg error, and Pittsburg won on a walk-off error forced by the aggressive baserunning of Andie Casper and Megan Burdick.
    In the second game, a Coffeyville hitter batted out-of-turn and negated a leadoff hit, both umpires counted three outs rather than two in an inning and Pittsburg had to return to the field after official scorers pointed out there were only two outs, the home plate umpire gave the Coffeyville head coach a warning for using an expletive arguing a call at third base, Casper hit a foul ball into a trash can and another foul ball hit a moving car, Coffeyville had two runners caught stealing on the same play (one at third and one at second) and the last three outs were recorded on a 9-3 double play and 9-6-5 play.
    After the doubleheader, Packard mentioned the fact the sweep of Coffeyville gave Pittsburg wins No. 4 and No. 5 this season, meeting and exceeding last season’s win total of four. Aggressiveness played a main role in the sweep.
    “In the first Fort Scott game last week, we’d have bases loaded and couldn’t get anybody in,” Packard said. “It’s two-fold. If you’re on base, be more aggressive to get as far as you can to help score and then the people who are up after, you’ve got to get the ball into play so we can score.
    “We left way too many people on at Fort Scott and we’ve got this bad habit that we hold it pretty tight and let everybody come back, which is exactly what happened in the first game (Tuesday night).”
    Pittsburg built a 8-1 lead in the first game — scoring two in the second, four in the third and two in the sixth. Casper and Burdick hit RBI singles in the second, Bethanne Elliott hit a RBI single and Burdick drove in two with her single in the third and back-to-back RBI triples in the sixth by Williams and Lizzy Willis gave Pittsburg a comfortable margin.
    However, in the seventh, after Mercedes Vogel struck out Paige Reynolds, Vogel hit Corrissa Ammerman with a pitch and then struggled with her control, walking three more batters and hitting one more before Melia Cook relieved her. Coffeyville forced another frame with seven runs on just one hit and one costly Pittsburg throwing error.
    Pittsburg regained its composure and won the game in the bottom half of the seventh on the speed and savvy of Casper and Burdick on the bases.
    Page 2 of 2 - “We are trying to be more aggressive on the bases because we’ve seen teams that are and ‘This is what we should be doing,’” Packard said.
    In the second game, Vogel played right field and her defense made it tough for Coffeyville to get any extra base.
    Vogel threw a runner out at second for a 9-6 force play, she caught a line drive and doubled off a runner at first for a 9-3 double play, and took part in a 9-6-5 play for the final out of the game when Bailey Brascher stretched a single into a double and then attempted to make it a triple.
    “Mercedes struggled pitching,” Packard said. “We had to play her in the outfield against Chanute and I guess she’s played outfield in years past. She did a great job (Tuesday). She started off with that great catch and then had some great throws. She’s fast and we probably had three big plays at third.”
    Pittsburg (5-3, 3-3 Southeast Kansas League) faces Baxter Springs next Tuesday night.
    Pittsburg baseball
    Pitching, defense and timely hitting.
    Against the Golden Tornado of Coffeyville at JayCee Ballpark, Pittsburg scored 17 runs on 17 hits, Joe Wimmer and Broc Bennett combined for 15 strikeouts in 12 innings and the Pittsburg defense committed two errors during a 7-2 and 10-0 doubleheader sweep Tuesday night.
    “Felt like we played a much more acceptable brand of baseball,” Pittsburg head coach Mike Wilbert said. “It was a great day to be at the park.
    “Defensively, we took some steps forward today. Our infield played much better defense. Our pitching performances were strong. We had 17 hits in the doubleheader. We played good, solid baseball.”
    Wimmer earned the win in the first game and gave up one earned run over seven innings. He struck out nine. Bennett fanned six in five innings pitched and gave up no runs in the run-rule victory.
    Pittsburg scored its seven runs in the first game on six hits. Dylan Gromer and Brandon Baker drove in a total of five runs in the first game — Gromer three (two on a RBI single) and Baker two.
    In the second game, Pittsburg’s hit parade was highlighted by seven runs on seven hits in the fourth inning with a two-run single by Jornell Fondren and RBI singles by Spencer Bernhardt, Baker and Anthony McNeely, as well as an RBI fielder’s choice by Adam Redd.
    Baker drove in four in the second game for a doubleheader grand total of six RBI. Baker, Bernhardt, Fondren and Wimmer each had multi-hit games.
    Pittsburg improves to 5-3 overall and 4-2 in the Southeast Kansas League.

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