PITTSBURG — With the final out being recorded just minutes before the rain started falling at Jaycee Ballpark, day two of the Fort Scott Community College Baseball Showcase Tournament concluded with the Arsenal Stars defeating the Salina Mustangs 9-1 in four innings, due to run rule.
After a pedestrian start to the game, the Mustangs broke the 1-1 tie, scoring four runs in both the third and the fourth innings to mount an eight run lead, and held the Stars scoreless in the fifth to end the game early.
“I thought we played pretty clean,” Mustangs head coach Brad Dix said. “We gave them one unearned run, but overall, we played clean and kept their runs down. We swung [the bats] better this evening than we did this morning, so I was pretty happy with our approaches all the way around.”
The Mustangs took their first lead of the game in the second inning, plating one run to go up 1-0.
Despite two quick outs to begin the frame, the Mustangs managed to get two runners in scoring position after Ethan Speer drew a walk, and then went from first to third on a double into left field off the bat of Andrew Cavender.
Salina couldn’t manage to drive in both runners with a base hit, but Speer capitalized on a defensive error to score the game’s first run.
The Stars got the run back in the third inning however, to tie the score at one apiece.
A pair of two-out walks drawn by Vonzel Eden and Reese Bayliff was followed up the middle into center field by Gio Ferraro.
Although it didn’t appear like an opportune time to score off the bat, Eden was able to cross the plate thanks to a defensive miscue, but a good recovery throw resulted in out at second base for the third out.
The top of the lineup for Salina came alive in the third inning, as the Mustangs scored all four of its runs in the third inning with two outs recorded.
The leadoff hitter Zach Farmer got the ball rolling after he legged out an infield single to keep the inning alive.
Following a stolen base by Farmer, Luke Beatty drew a walk and then took second on a double steal to get two runners in scoring position.
Both Farmer and Beatty later scored thanks to a couple defensive errors.
Ryan Dix and Ethan Kickhaefer also scored in the inning following a walk in both of their at-bats.
Dix took advantage of a few more defensive errors to cross the plate, and Kickhaefer was driven in on a ground ball that was beaten out for a single by Dawson Maring.
Four more runs for Salina came in the fourth inning to go up 9-1.
Defensive errors continued to plague the Stars, as Cavender scored an unearned run following a walk, and Brayden Pavey crossed the plate after getting on base with a single into right field.
The inning continued with a single into left field by Ryan Sanborn, who moved up into scoring position on an error.
Sanborn was driven in on an RBI single laced into left field off the bat of Markell Hastings, who came around to score himself on an error committed by the outfield.
Holding an eight-run lead, threatening to end the game early due to run rule, the Mustangs sat down the side in order to close out the victory.
SALINA AT THE PLATE
Farmer was the offensive catalyst, going 2 for 3 with an RBI, two stolen bases and a run scored.
Maring and Hastings were also had a big hand in the win, each with a hit, an RBI and a run scored.
ARSENAL AT THE PLATE
Ferraro was the offensive leader, going 1 for 1 with a walk drawn.
Eden scored the Stars’ lone run of the game after drawing a walk recording a stolen base.
SALINA ON THE MOUND
Cavender earned the win for his complete game performance, giving up no earned runs.
ARSENAL ON THE MOUND
The starter Adam Chesser started the game and threw 3 and one-thirds innings, before handing it over to Gage Kennedy in the bullpen, who finished out the game.
The FSCC Summer Showcase will continue on Sunday, with first pitch of game one between KC Gamers and Homeplate Cactus scheduled for 9 a.m. and the finale set to begin at 6 p.m. between the KC Phillies and the Arsenal Stars
- Jordan Buckamneer is a sports reporter of the Pittsburg Morning Sun. E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @jbuckamneer