Anderson County rallies past Lancers in sweep

Anderson County staged a late rally to overcome the Crest Lancers in Game 1 of a doubleheader, then held off the Colony team in the second game.

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April 16, 2024 - 3:03 PM

Crest High’s Jensen Barker slides safely into base in a game earlier this season. Photo by Richard Luken / Iola Register

GARNETT — A late rally spelled doom Monday for Crest High’s Lancers.

Host Anderson County erased a 9-4 deficit by scoring six runs in the bottom of the sixth to storm from behind and defeat the Lancers, 10-9, in Game 1 of their doubleheader.

The nightcap didn’t have the same kind of drama, but Crest still could not come away with the victory, falling 10-7.

The Lancers started out like gangbusters, erupting for four runs in both the first and second innings. Kade Nilges and Drake Weir both had two-run doubles for a 4-0 lead.

Logan Kistner drove in a run in the second inning before Ryan Golden’s three-run blast pushed Crest ahead, 8-3.

Lancer pitchers Rogan Weir and Jerry Rodriguez kept things in check from there, and things looked even rosier when Jerry Rodriguez doubled to lead off the sixth and scored on Henry White’s sacrifice fly, pushing Crest’s lead to six.

But Anderson County found its groove in its half of the sixth. 

Wyatt King’s two-run single proved to be the decisive blow, pushing the Bulldogs ahead, 10-9.

The Lancers put two runners on base courtesy of a hit-by-pitch and an error, but a strikeout ended the game with runners on first and second.

The Lancers racked up 10 hits on offense. Golden led the way with a single and home run. Drake Weir and Rodriguez both singled and doubled. Rogan Weir had a pair of singles. Nilges chopped in with a double. White added a single.

Rogan Weir struck out five and allowed four hits over 3.2 innings. Rodriguez allowed four hits with four strikeouts over 1.2 innings. Nilges also pitched two-thirds of an inning, allowing one hit.

LIKE the opener, Crest started out quickly in the nightcap.

The Lancers loaded the bases with one out before Nilges drove in a run with a ground ball. Drake Weir followed with a 2-run single to push Crest ahead, 3-0.

But three walks triggered a two-out, three-run rally, allowing Anderson County to take a 4-3 lead after two innings.

The lead swelled to 6-3 before Kistner singled in a run and Rogan Weir had a run-scoring ground ball to pull Crest back to within a run in the top of the fourth.

Anderson County responded with two more runs before Kistner doubled in a run and Rogan Weir’s RBI single one batter later made it 8-7 in the top of the sixth.

The Bulldogs tacked on a pair of insurance runs in the sixth.

Crest rallied one final time on an error and a dropped third strike with two outs. But a strikeout again ended the threat, and the game.

White was the Lancers’ offensive catalyst with a triple and two singles. Kistner singled and doubled. Rogan Weir and Rodriguez both singled twice. Nilges added a double. Drake Weir and Jensen Barker had singles. Golden struck out five over three innings, allowing three hits. Nilges struck out two over two innings; Kistner pitched an inning and recorded a strikeout.

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