OFF TO A GOOD START: ACC baseball opens conference with sweep of Labette



March 6, 2018 - 12:00 AM

The Allen County Red Devils started off conference play strong over the weekend, earning their first sweep of the season by beating Labette for the third and fourth time on Saturday.
The Red Devils beat the Cardinals at home 7-3 and 6-2 on Thursday and wrapped up the sweep in Parsons on Saturday with  3-1 and 11-6 wins.
The Red Devils are 12-2 so far this year and 4-0 in Jayhawk Conference play.
In their first win on Saturday, both teams scored a run in the first before Allen County put up two in the third inning to lead 3-1.
Sophomore starter Austin Cross (1-0) was on-point and earned the win, going the full seven innings while allowing just that one run on six hits and no walks with seven strikeouts.
First baseman Sky-Lar Culver and right fielder Aaron Mason each recorded two hits with Culver driving two runs home and Mason driving one in.
The Red Devils outscored themselves in just the first inning of the second game with four runs to open things up. Allen County added two more in the third and Labette responded in the bottom of the inning with four runs.
Leading by two, the Red Devils dropped five runs in the top of the sixth inning to push their lead to eight and the Cardinals chipped in a run in the bottom of the sixth and eighth to get within five runs but no closer.
Sophomore starter Taylor Gulick earned his first win of the season, going six innings and giving up five runs on seven hits with seven strikeouts and a home run. Four of the runs were earned.
Culver and catcher Colton Flaherty each hit a home run, scoring three runs on two hits and left fielder Justus Burke had two hits and two RBIs.
The Red Devils will play the road half of their next series versus Highland Community College on Thursday before returning home on Saturday to play the home half. First pitch on both days is set for 1 p.m.


PHOTO: Red Devil shortstop Baxter Mays hits versus Labette in the second game of Allen County’s doubleheader with Labette on Thursday. The Red Devils won both games 7-3 and 6-2 and then went on to sweep Labette in Parsons over the weekend. REGISTER/TIMOTHY EVERSON