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Tyler Cundith, sports information director, ext. 3122

Baseball - JCCC splits four-game series with KIrkwood


Baseball - JCCC splits four-game series with KIrkwood

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – The 17th ranked Johnson County Community College baseball team split a four-game series against Kirkwood Community College over the weekend. The Cavaliers won the first and fourth games, while Kirkwood came out on top in the two middle games.

In the opener Friday afternoon, sophomore right-hander Brad Kincaid pitched five scoreless innings to pick up third victor of the season. Kincaid scattered three singles and strikeout nine batters while on the hill.

On the offensive side, Johnson County scored two in the second and fifth, then plated three in the eighth after Kirkwood made it a 4-3 game with three runs in their top half of the inning.

Freshman Blake Shannon drove in three runs, and sophomore Brian Sullivan sent two across the plate to lead the offense.

There were to be two games played on Saturday, but due to rain in the forecast, one seven inning game was played, setting a twin-bill on Sunday.  In the second game, Kirkwood scored nine runs in the top of the third and downed the Cavaliers 16-10. Kirkwood ripped 13 hits, including a double, three triples and two home runs.

Johnson County managed 11 hits, including home runs from sophomores Ty Herrenbruck and Chaz Burgess, but the nine-run inning was too much for JCCC to overcome.

In the first of two on Sunday, Kirkwood had two big inning efforts to put away the Cavaliers, 9-4. The Eagles plated four runs in the top of the sixth to take a 4-1 lead, but Johnson County followed three in the bottom of the inning to tie the game at 4-4.  Kirkwood then shut the Cavaliers down and blew the game open with a five-run eighth inning.

Freshman outfielder Jacob Owens had the hot bat for Johnson County, going 3-for-5 with a triple and three RBI.

Johnson County manage to get the split with a 4-3 victory in the final game. Owens and freshman catcher Reid Briney each had a single and double and drove in a run, and Herrenbruck ripped an RBI double. Freshman infielder Malik Williams hit a solo shot in the bottom of the sixth that proved to be the game-winning RBI.

Freshman right-hander Davis Ernsdorff improved to 2-0 on the season logging six innings of work. He allowed five hits, three runs and struck out six. Sophomore left-hander Daonte Lowery pitched a perfect seventh inning to earn his first save of the season. He struck out two of the three batters he faced.


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