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Tyler Cundith, sports information director, ext. 3122

Baseball – Cavaliers open season with two wins


Baseball – Cavaliers open season with two wins

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – With the snow removed from the field, the Johnson County Community College baseball team was able to begin its season Sunday afternoon against Des Moines Area Community College. The Cavaliers opened with a pair of one-run victories, winning 7-6 and 5-4. The two teams will play two more games Monday afternoon. 

In the opener, JCCC and DMACC exchanged the lead five times, but the final lead change belonged to the Cavaliers when John Fairchild’s RBI single in the eighth inning drove home Sam Mrstik with the winning run. 

Des Moines jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the first, but JCCC tied it up in the bottom of the second. The Cavaliers plated five runs in the third, three off Aaron Schnhurbusch’s triple. 

DMACC managed to tie the game with a run in the sixth and four in the seventh. 

Connor Miller got the start and went six strong innings. He allowed just two earned runs of five hits and racked up 10 strikeouts. L.J. Hatch was the pitcher of record in the eighth, and got the win. He pitched two innings and allowed two runs on a hit and a walk with two strikeouts. 

The second game, the Cavaliers had to fend off a late DMACC rally to win 5-4.  The Bears scored four runs in the seventh on an error and three-run home run by Cosimo Cannella, but the Cavaliers managed to hang on. 

Schnurbusch went the distance for Johnson County, allowing two earned runs on six hits and seven strikeouts over seven innings of work. He also had a hit and scored a run. 

Shea Stine put Johnson County on top with an RBI single in the second, and an RBI ground out in the fifth. The Cavaliers added three more runs in the sixth off a solo home run by Ben Calvano and a two-run blast by Riley Landuyt.


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