Baseball Sweeps Otero in High Scoring Doubleheader
Dodge City Community College
Special to Rocking M Media
Dodge City baseball team wrapped up non-conference action for the regular season with a doubleheader at home against Otero on Tuesday and picked up a pair of wins in high-scoring contests, winning 18-14 and 15-11.
The pair of wins moves the Conquistadors to 23-18 on the season and 11-5 at home, while giving the Conqs their eighth win in the last 11 games.
Conqs transition back to KJCCC action later this week as they will open a four-game series with Butler as the Conqs will host the Grizzlies on Thursday, April 21st in a doubleheader starting at 1:00 pm at Cavalier field.
Game 1 – vs Otero won 18-14
The Conqs struck first opening the game offensively in big fashion as Aidan Proctor blasted the first pitch he saw in the bottom of the first inning out of a solo home run. Kory Schmidt added an RBI double and Trevor Blackwell an RBI single in the first inning to make it 3-0 after one inning. That lead did not hold up as Otero batted around in the second and scored five to take the lead and the Rattlers of Otero added two in the third, four more in the fourth, and three in the fifth to lead 14-3 entering the bottom of the fifth. The Conqs needing to get the offense going would break through in the bottom of the fifth batting around to score a season-best for a single inning, plating nine runs in the inning. A two-RBI single by Proctor and an RBI double by James Dunlap highlighted the inning. After blanking Otero in the top of the sixth the Conqs offense went to work again scoring six in the bottom of the frame to swing the lead in their favor as Weston Symes had an RBI double, Dunlap, recorded a two-RBI single, and Schmidt blasted a solo home run in the inning. Justus Revill came in to pitch the final inning and went one-two-three to help the Conqs win 18-14, coming back from an 11-run deficit.
Proctor led the Conqs 13-hit attack in the game as he was 3-3 with two walks, three runs scored, and three RBI. Schmidt finished 2-5 with a double, home run, three RBI, and two runs scored, while Dunlap was 2-5 with three RBI, a double, and two runs scored. Symes finished 1-2 with two hit by pitch, a double, two runs scored, and two RBI.
On the mound, five different pitchers saw action for the Conqs with Jacob Loflin and Revill highlighting the action. Loflin tossed a scoreless inning where he struck out the side and earned the win, while Revill earned the save for the Conqs.
Game 2 – vs Otero won 15-11
After Otero tallied the first run of game two the Conqs would bat around in the bottom of the first scoring seven to gain control. Carson Wright connected on a two-run home run and Camden Thrailkill added a two-RBI double in the first inning for the Conqs. Otero snagged another run in the top of the second, but the Conqs answered again with three runs in the bottom of the second to lead 10-2. In the top of the third Otero put together an eight-run inning to tie the game up as they blasted three home runs in the inning. In the bottom of the fourth behind two hit batters and two walks, the Conqs manufactured four runs to regain the lead and added another in the fifth. Otero would tally a run in the top of the seventh, but the Conqs stopped them at one run to secure the 15-11 win.
Thrailkill finished 2-3 for the Conqs with a run scored, two RBI, two doubles, two stolen bases, and a hit by pitch. Schmidt posted a 2-3 game with two runs scored, an RBI, walk, and a stolen base, while Wright chipped in a 2-4 performance with two runs scored, two RBI, a double, and a home run.
On the mound, six pitchers saw action for the Conqs with highlights from Diego Dominguez who tossed 1.1 innings to earn the win giving up no runs on three hits and struck out three. Lofiin was strong in his inning tossing another scoreless frame, while Tristan Wolf threw a scoreless inning and struck out three giving up just a hit and walk.