Dragons Pound Cavaliers in Showcase Tourney
PITTSBURG — The Pittsburg Dragons defeated Cavaliers Hayworth 8-0 Thursday afternoon at Jaycee Ballpark in their first game of the Fort Scott Community College Summer Showcase Tournament.
Zack Sutton went four innings, giving up only three hits, while striking out three, and his offense provided ample support, scoring two runs in each of the first four innings. Offensively, Pittsburg was led by Tye Cicero, who was 2 for 3 – including a double – with one RBI, and Noah Vaughn, who knocked two runs on sacrifice flies.
Vaughn got the start on the bump for Pittsburg in their matchup with Cavaliers Hayworth. He pitched around a two-out single and allowed no runs in his one inning of work.
In the bottom of the first, Elijah Harris set the tone for the Pittsburg offense, which would last the entire afternoon. He drew a walk, promptly stole second, and then scored on Brett Weimers’ single to right field, giving the Dragons a quick 1-0 lead.
Weimers came around to score on Chase Curtis’ single. Pittsburg almost added another run in the frame, but a tremendous running snow-cone catch by the Cavaliers center fielder ended the inning with the Dragons up 2-0.
Sutton came on for Pittsburg in the top of the second and ran into some trouble early, giving up singles to two of the first three batters he faced. However, a double play initiated by Pittsburg right fielder Trenton Austin ended the Cavaliers threat.
A walk, a hits batsman, and a single by Alex Kafka loaded the bases for Harris, in the bottom of the second. Harris drew a walk, scoring Ben Boekhout. Curtis managed to reach on an error by the Cavaliers third baseman, scoring Dalton Gromer and giving Pittsburg a 4-0 lead heading to the third.
The Dragons kept the trend of scoring two runs in each inning, in the third, with Cicero leading off with a single before scoring on Austin’s double. Boekhout made it three hits in a row by singling, scoring Austin.
Gromer added another hit and almost added another run, but Boekhout was gunned down at the plate by a perfect 7-5-2 relay by the Cavaliers. Pittsburg left the bases loaded in the inning.
Harris led off the bottom of the fourth with a walk, and like he did in the first, he stole second base. He came around to score on a sacrifice fly by Vaughn.
Curtis was hit by a pitch and he stole his way to third base. He scored easily on Cicero’s second RBI hit of the contest, this one a double to left-center field. After four innings, the Dragons led 8-0.
The game ended with that same score, as the umpires called the contest after Cavaliers Hayworth failed to score in the top of the fifth inning. They did almost manage a run. With runners on second and third with one out, Sutton struck out the next two batters to end the game.
Seven different Dragons scored in the ball game, and seven different Dragons managed an RBI.
After another game late Thursday night, Pittsburg returns to action tomorrow with games at 11:15a.m. and 1:30 p.m. at Jaycee Ballpark.