Red Devil softball, baseball teams fall at Fort Scott

Allen Community College's baseball and softball teams had a rough go of it Saturday at Fort Scott. The baseball bunch dropped both games of their doubleheader, 9-8 and 11-3. The Red Devil softball team fell, 9-0 and 4-2.


April 8, 2024 - 5:43 AM

Allen Community College's Colin Godfrey, right, fields a pickoff throw Thursday against Fort Scott. Photo by Richard Luken / Iola Register

FORT SCOTT — Stop us if you’ve heard this before.

Two days after Allen Community College hosted Fort Scott for a tense, back-and-forth doubleheader, the fun continued Saturday for the final games of their four-game series.

This time, it was the Greyhounds’ turn to end things in walk-off fashion, scoring the winning run on an Allen fielding error in the bottom of the eighth, 9-8.

Fort Scott rode that momentum in Saturday’s final game, erupting for three runs in both the third and fourth innings and four in the bottom of the sixth in an 11-3 victory.

The losses drop Allen to 17-22. The Red Devils hosted Ottawa University’s junior varsity for a doubleheader Monday — results were not available by press time — and are set to open a four-game series at Johnson County with a doubleheader Thursday, and two more home games Saturday.

Colton Ayres had an RBI single and Armando Navarro followed with a two-run double to push Allen ahead, 3-0, in the top of the second of Saturday’s opener. Colin Godfry scored on a wild pitch and Ayres hit an RBI grounder to push the margin to 5-1.

Fort Scott responded with Ty Gaulsky’s three-run home run in the bottom of the third that sliced the lead to 5-4 and evened the score on a wild pitch in the fourth.

Navarro pushed Allen back on top with an RBI single in the sixth, before Logan Martin’s two-out single plated two more, for an 8-5 Red Devil lead.

But the Greyhounds got a run back in the sixth, and a walk and hit-batter in the Greyhounds’ half of the seventh spelled doom. Both runners moved up on a sacrifice bunt and scored on Ayden Slott’s RBI single, forcing extra innings.

A pair of walks and a fielding error allowed Fort Scott to plate the game winner in the bottom of the eighth.

Payton Pudenz started on the mound for Allen, giving up six hits over four innings. Seth Broadwdell and Saul Bolivar threw a combined three innings of relief, scattering four hits and striking out four.

Navarro provided Allen’s big stick on offense, with a double and two singles, driving in three. Clark had a single and double. Martin singled twice. Ayres, Caleb Horsey, Godfrey and Anthony Talpa also had singles.

PARKER Martin pushed Allen ahead with an RBI single in the top of the first in Game 2, but Joey Little’s bases-clearing triple in the bottom of the third put the Greyhounds in front for good.

Bjarne Reinhardt’s RBI single sliced Allen’s deficit to 4-2, but Fort Scott answered promptly once again with three moe in the bottom of the fourth to put the game away.

Garrett Rusch doubled and scored on Horsey’s RBi single for Allen’s final run of the game in the fifth.

Rusch doubled twice, while Horsey had three singles. Reinhardt, Clark, Parker Martin and Taylor Martin all had singles.